Miyamoto Musashi Quotes

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Accept everything just the way it is
Do not seek pleasure for its own sake
Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling
Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world
Be detached from desire your whole life long
Do not regret what you have done.
Never be jealous
Never let yourself be saddened by a separation
Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor others
Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love
In all things have no preferences
Be indifferent to where you live
Do not pursue the taste of good food
Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need
Do not act following customary beliefs
Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful
Do not fear death
Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age
Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help
You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honor
Never stray from the Way.
There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself
You must understand that there is more than one path to the top of the mountain
Do nothing that is of no use
The ultimate aim of martial arts is not having to use them
If you wish to control others you must first control yourself
From one thing, know ten thousand things
You can only fight the way you practice
It is difficult to understand the universe if you only study one planet
Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eyes
Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men
The primary thing when you take a sword in your hands is your intention to cut the enemy, whatever the means. Whenever you parry, hit, spring, strike or touch the enemy's cutting sword, you must cut the enemy in the same movement. It is essential to attain this. If you think only of hitting, springing, striking, or touching the enemy, you will not be able actually to cut him
Get beyond love and grief: exist for the good of Man
In battle, if you make your opponent flinch, you have already won
All man are the same except for their belief in their own selves, regardless of what others may think of them
If you do not control the enemy, the enemy will control you
Do not sleep under a roof. Carry no money or food. Go alone to places frightening to the common brand of men. Become a criminal of purpose. Be put in jail, and extricate yourself by your own wisdom
You should not have any special fondness for a particular weapon, or anything else, for that matter. Too much is the same as not enough. Without imitating anyone else, you should have as much weaponry as suits you
To know ten thousand things, know one well
Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy, it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things
The only reason a warrior is alive is to fight, and the only reason a warrior fights is to win
If you know the way broadly you will see it in everything
The important thing in strategy is to suppress the enemy's useful actions but allow his useless actions
Whatever the Way, the master of strategy does not appear fast….Of course, slowness is bad. Really skillful people never get out of time and are always deliberate, and never appear busy
The true science of martial arts means practicing them in such a way that they will be useful at any time, and to teach them in such a way that they will be useful in all things
To become the enemy, see yourself as the enemy of the enemy
You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honor
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