“My style? You can call it the art of fighting without fighting.”

From: Enter the Dragon

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Lee

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1973 martial arts movie, Enter the Dragon, starring martial arts superstar and Jeet Kune Do master, Bruce Lee. Enter the Dragon was the legendary Bruce Lee’s last film that he was able to complete. It is widely known to be one of the best martial arts movies ever made.

The quote comes relatively early in the film. On the way to the tournament, a man tries to intimidate Lee (played by Bruce Lee) and tries to goad him into a fight by asking him about his fighting style. Lee then delivers the quote.

Even after spurning the threats, the man still wants to fight Lee. Lee then says they have to go to an island to fight. The man then enters the boat but, instead of joining him on it, Lee releases the boat and leaves the man adrift, essentially beating him without throwing a single punch.

Geek wisdom: Most of the time, the best way to overcome something is not with brute force, but with using your brain.

“Boards don’t hit back.”

From: Enter the Dragon

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Lee

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1973 martial arts movie, Enter the Dragon, starring martial arts superstar and Jeet Kune Do master, Bruce Lee. Enter the Dragon was the legendary Bruce Lee’s last film that he was able to complete. It is widely known to be one of the best martial arts movies ever made.

The quote comes relatively early in the film. Lee (played by Bruce Lee) is set to fight O’Hara (played by another martial artist, Bob Wall). O’Hara makes a demonstration of his power by breaking a board in half with a single punch. Instead of being intimidated, Lee delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: It’s always so easy for bullies to implement their will over others when people don’t fight back. But once they do fight back, they may not be so eager to even try to impose their will anymore.