Bruce Lee was born on November 27, 1940. The actor, filmmaker, martial arts instructor, philosopher, nutritionist and pop culture icon, would have been 72 years old today. It's hard to believe he accomplished so much during his brief life. In honor of his birthday and to celebrate a life well-lived, here are some inspiring thoughts from one of history's most influential people.

"Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own."

"Don't fear failure... Low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail."

"To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities."

"As you think, so shall you become."

"Knowing is not enough, you must apply; willing is not enough, you must do."

"Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them."

"It's not what you give, it's the way you give it. "

"Simplicity is the key to brilliance."

"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."

"Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind."

"The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering."

| via Source of Insight