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"The Art of Dying": a valuable message from Bruce Lee about our ego.
In his posthumous book, The Tao of Jeet Kune Do, published in 1975, Lee stated that his style of fighting, called Jeet Kune Do, sought to involve both the study of a set of martial arts techniques and the development of spirituality: "The spirit is undoubtedly the controlling agent of our existence.

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