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Miyamoto Musashi (宮本 武蔵, 1584 – 13 June 1645), also known as Shinmen Takezō, Miyamoto Bennosuke or, by his Buddhist name, Niten Dōraku, was a Japanese swordsman, philosopher, strategist, writer and rōnin. Musashi, as he was often simply known, became renowned through stories of his unique double-bladed swordsmanship and undefeated record in his 61 duels (next is 33 by Itō Ittōsai). He is considered a Kensei, a sword-saint of Japan. He was the founder of the Niten Ichi-ryū, or Nito Ichi-ryū, style of swordsmanship, and in his final years authored The Book of Five Rings (五輪の書, Go Rin No Sho) and Dokkōdō (The Path of Aloneness). Both documents were given to Terao Magonojō, the most important of Musashi's students, seven days before Musashi's death. The Book of Five Rings deals primarily with the character of his Niten Ichi-ryū school in a concrete sense, i.e., his own practical martial art and its generic significance; The Path of Aloneness, on the other hand, deals with the ideas that lie behind it, as well as his life's philosophy in a few short aphoristic sentences. The Miyamoto Musashi Budokan training center, located in Ōhara-chō (Mimasaka), Okayama prefecture, Japan was erected to honor his name and legend.

Quote: It is imperative to master the principles of the art of war and learn to be unmoved in mind even in the heat of the battle. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of None
Photo Credit: Cassiano K. Wehr

It is imperative to master the principles of the art of war and learn to be unmoved in mind even in the heat of the battle.


Quote: If you do not look at things on a large scale, it will be difficult to master strategy. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of blue and white abstract painting
Photo Credit: Tamanna Rumee

If you do not look at things on a large scale, it will be difficult to master strategy.


Quote: Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of grass field under cloudy sky
Photo Credit: Eugene Triguba

Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.


Quote: You can abandon your own body, but never let go of your honor. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

You can abandon your own body, but never let go of your honor.


Quote: You win battles by knowing the enemy's timing, and using a timing that the enemy does not expect. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

You win battles by knowing the enemy's timing, and using a timing that the enemy does not expect.


Quote: No man is invincible, and therefore no man can fully understand that which would make him invincible. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

No man is invincible, and therefore no man can fully understand that which would make him invincible.


Quote: You can only fight the way you practice. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

You can only fight the way you practice.


Quote: Perception is strong and sight weak. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Perception is strong and sight weak.


Quote: No man is invincible, and therefore no man can fully understand that which would make him invincible. Even with complete and thorough study there is always the possibility of being defeated and although one may be expert in a particular form, mastery is something a man never stops seeking to attain. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of Miyamoto Musashi quote: No man is invincible, and therefore no man can fully understand that which would make him invincible. Even with complete and thorough study there is always the possibility of being defeated and although one may be expert in a particular form, mastery is something a man never stops seeking to attain.- black text on quotes background

No man is invincible, and therefore no man can fully understand that which would make him invincible. Even with complete and thorough study there is always the possibility of being defeated and although one may be expert in a particular form, mastery is something a man never stops seeking to attain.


Quote: It is difficult to realize the true Way just through sword-fencing. Know the smallest things and the biggest things, the shallowest things and the deepest things. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

It is difficult to realize the true Way just through sword-fencing. Know the smallest things and the biggest things, the shallowest things and the deepest things.


Quote: A bullet from a gun does not make a distinction between practice and combat. You are training to be one and the same way in your life. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

A bullet from a gun does not make a distinction between practice and combat. You are training to be one and the same way in your life.


Quote: Immature strategy is the cause of grief. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Immature strategy is the cause of grief.


Quote: Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is, and you must bend to its power or live a lie. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is, and you must bend to its power or live a lie.


Quote: Know your enemy, know his sword. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Know your enemy, know his sword.


Quote: If you fail to take advantage of your enemies' collapse, they may recover. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

If you fail to take advantage of your enemies' collapse, they may recover.


Quote: 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. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

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.


Quote: As if with the nut and flower, the nut has become less than the flower... both those teaching and those learning are concerned with colouring and showing off their technique, trying to hasten the bloom of the flower. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

As if with the nut and flower, the nut has become less than the flower... both those teaching and those learning are concerned with colouring and showing off their technique, trying to hasten the bloom of the flower.


Quote: When the enemy starts to collapse you must pursue him without the chance of letting go. If you fail to take advantage of your enemies collapse, they may recover. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

When the enemy starts to collapse you must pursue him without the chance of letting go. If you fail to take advantage of your enemies collapse, they may recover.


Quote: Respect the gods and buddhas, but never rely on them. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Respect the gods and buddhas, but never rely on them.


Quote: As you get the rhythm you discern how to win. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

As you get the rhythm you discern how to win.


Quote: Becoming the opponent means you should put yourself in an opponent's place and think from the opponent's point of view. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Becoming the opponent means you should put yourself in an opponent's place and think from the opponent's point of view.


Quote: There is even rhythm in being empty. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

There is even rhythm in being empty.


Quote: The sword has to be more than a simple weapon; it has to be an answer to life's questions. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

The sword has to be more than a simple weapon; it has to be an answer to life's questions.


Quote: I dreamt of worldly success once. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

I dreamt of worldly success once.


Quote: The spirit of defeating a man is the same for ten million men. The strategist makes small things into big things, like building a great Buddha from a one foot model. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

The spirit of defeating a man is the same for ten million men. The strategist makes small things into big things, like building a great Buddha from a one foot model.


Quote: Pay attention even to life's trifles. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Pay attention even to life's trifles.


Quote: If you learn indoor techniques, you will think narrowly and forget the true Way. Thus you will have difficulty in actual encounters. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

If you learn indoor techniques, you will think narrowly and forget the true Way. Thus you will have difficulty in actual encounters.


Quote: In my school, no consideration is given to anything unreasonable; the heart of the matter is to use the power of the knowledge of martial arts to gain victory any way you can. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

In my school, no consideration is given to anything unreasonable; the heart of the matter is to use the power of the knowledge of martial arts to gain victory any way you can.


Quote: In the void is virtue, and no evil. Wisdom has existence, principle has existence, the Way has existence, spirit is nothingness. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

In the void is virtue, and no evil. Wisdom has existence, principle has existence, the Way has existence, spirit is nothingness.


Quote: Imitation is the surest form of flattery and failure. I am not interested with your talk about my ideas. I am more interested in your applying them to your life. If you do not, then you are essentially not in accord with your own mind. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Imitation is the surest form of flattery and failure. I am not interested with your talk about my ideas. I am more interested in your applying them to your life. If you do not, then you are essentially not in accord with your own mind.


Quote: Also by training you will be able to freely control your own body, conquer men with your body, and with sufficient training you will be able to beat ten men with your spirit. When you have reached this point, will it not mean that you are invincible? by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Also by training you will be able to freely control your own body, conquer men with your body, and with sufficient training you will be able to beat ten men with your spirit. When you have reached this point, will it not mean that you are invincible?


Quote: Do not let your spirit be influenced by your body, or your body be influenced by your spirit. Be neither insufficiently spirited or over spirited. An elevated spirit is weak and a low spirit is weak. Do not let the enemy see your spirit. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Do not let your spirit be influenced by your body, or your body be influenced by your spirit. Be neither insufficiently spirited or over spirited. An elevated spirit is weak and a low spirit is weak. Do not let the enemy see your spirit.




Quote: In battle, if you you make your opponent flinch, you have already won. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

In battle, if you you make your opponent flinch, you have already won.


Quote: Fourthly, the way of the artisan. The way of the carpenter is to become proficient in the use of his tools, first to lay his plans with true measure and then perform his work according to plan. Thus he passes through life. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Fourthly, the way of the artisan. The way of the carpenter is to become proficient in the use of his tools, first to lay his plans with true measure and then perform his work according to plan. Thus he passes through life.


Quote: When your spirit is not in the least clouded, when the clouds of bewilderment clear away, there is the true void. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

When your spirit is not in the least clouded, when the clouds of bewilderment clear away, there is the true void.


Quote: People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.


Quote: Get beyond love and grief: exist for the good of Man. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Get beyond love and grief: exist for the good of Man.


Quote: Cutting down the enemy is the way of strategy, and there is no need for many refinements of it. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Cutting down the enemy is the way of strategy, and there is no need for many refinements of it.


Quote: They speak of This Dojo and That Dojo. They are looking for profit. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

They speak of This Dojo and That Dojo. They are looking for profit.


Quote: From inside fortifications, the gun has no equal among weapons. It is the supreme weapon on the field before the ranks clash, but once swords are crossed the gun becomes useless. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

From inside fortifications, the gun has no equal among weapons. It is the supreme weapon on the field before the ranks clash, but once swords are crossed the gun becomes useless.


Quote: Fixation is the way to death. Fluidity is the way to life. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Fixation is the way to death. Fluidity is the way to life.


Quote: Do not think dishonestly... Distinguish between gain and loss in worldly matters. Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything. Perceive those things which cannot be seen. Pay attention even to trifles. Do nothing which is of no use. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Do not think dishonestly... Distinguish between gain and loss in worldly matters. Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything. Perceive those things which cannot be seen. Pay attention even to trifles. Do nothing which is of no use.


Quote: With your spirit open and unconstricted, look at things from a high point of view. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

With your spirit open and unconstricted, look at things from a high point of view.


Quote: By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist.


Quote: The ultimate aim of martial arts is not having to use them. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

The ultimate aim of martial arts is not having to use them.


Quote: The bow is tactically strong at the commencement of battle, especially battles on a moor, as it is possible to shoot quickly among the spearmen. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

The bow is tactically strong at the commencement of battle, especially battles on a moor, as it is possible to shoot quickly among the spearmen.


Quote: In time, all things work to your advantage when you pursue them with an open heart. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

In time, all things work to your advantage when you pursue them with an open heart.


Quote: If you want to learn the craft of war, ponder over this book. The teacher is as a needle, the disciple is as thread. You must practice constantly. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

If you want to learn the craft of war, ponder over this book. The teacher is as a needle, the disciple is as thread. You must practice constantly.


Quote: When you appreciate the power of nature, knowing the rhythm of any situation, you will be able to hit the enemy naturally and strike naturally. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

When you appreciate the power of nature, knowing the rhythm of any situation, you will be able to hit the enemy naturally and strike naturally.


Quote: There is timing in the whole life of the warrior, in his thriving and declining, in his harmony and discord. Similarly, there is timing in the Way of the merchant, in the rise and fall of capital. All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of Miyamoto Musashi quote; white text on black background

There is timing in the whole life of the warrior, in his thriving and declining, in his harmony and discord. Similarly, there is timing in the Way of the merchant, in the rise and fall of capital. All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this.


Quote: The purpose of today's training is to defeat yesterday's understanding. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

The purpose of today's training is to defeat yesterday's understanding.


Quote: Most warriors only perform tricks. The way of the warrior is filled with soul and feeling. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Most warriors only perform tricks. The way of the warrior is filled with soul and feeling.


Quote: The Way of the warrior does not include other ways, such as Confucianism, Buddhism, certain traditions, artistic accomplishments, and dancing. But even though these are not part of the Way, if you know the Way broadly, you will see it in everything. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

The Way of the warrior does not include other ways, such as Confucianism, Buddhism, certain traditions, artistic accomplishments, and dancing. But even though these are not part of the Way, if you know the Way broadly, you will see it in everything.


Quote: If you know the way broadly you will see it in everything. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

If you know the way broadly you will see it in everything.


Quote: Crossing at a ford occurs often in a man's lifetime. It means setting sail even though your friends stay in harbour, knowing the route, knowing the soundness of your ship and the favour of the day. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Crossing at a ford occurs often in a man's lifetime. It means setting sail even though your friends stay in harbour, knowing the route, knowing the soundness of your ship and the favour of the day.


Quote: You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.


Quote: When your opponent is hurrying recklessly, you must act contrarily and keep calm. You must not be influenced by the opponent. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

When your opponent is hurrying recklessly, you must act contrarily and keep calm. You must not be influenced by the opponent.


Quote: To cut and slash are two different things. Cutting, whatever form of cutting it is, is decisive, with a resolute spirit. Slashing is nothing more than touching the enemy. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

To cut and slash are two different things. Cutting, whatever form of cutting it is, is decisive, with a resolute spirit. Slashing is nothing more than touching the enemy.


Quote: The halberd is inferior to the spear on the battlefield. With the spear you can take the initiative, the halberd is defensive. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

The halberd is inferior to the spear on the battlefield. With the spear you can take the initiative, the halberd is defensive.


Quote: When you attack the enemy, your spirit must go to the extent of pulling the stakes out of a wall and using them as spears and halberds. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

When you attack the enemy, your spirit must go to the extent of pulling the stakes out of a wall and using them as spears and halberds.


Quote: 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. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

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.


Quote: If the enemy stays spirited it is difficult to crush him. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

If the enemy stays spirited it is difficult to crush him.


Quote: Step by step walk the thousand-mile road. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Step by step walk the thousand-mile road.




Quote: In strategy your spiritual bearing must not be any different from normal. Both in fighting and in everyday life you should be determined though calm. Meet the situation without tenseness yet not recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

In strategy your spiritual bearing must not be any different from normal. Both in fighting and in everyday life you should be determined though calm. Meet the situation without tenseness yet not recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased.


Quote: 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. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

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.


Quote: Too much is the same as not enough. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Too much is the same as not enough.


Quote: Thirdly, the gentleman warrior, carrying the weaponry of his way. The way of the warrior is to master the virtue of his weapons. If a gentleman dislikes strategy he will not appreciate the benefit of weaponry, so must he not have a little taste for this? by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Thirdly, the gentleman warrior, carrying the weaponry of his way. The way of the warrior is to master the virtue of his weapons. If a gentleman dislikes strategy he will not appreciate the benefit of weaponry, so must he not have a little taste for this?


Quote: This is truth: When you sacrifice your life, you must make fullest use of your weaponry. It is false not to do so, and to die with a weapon as yet undrawn. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

This is truth: When you sacrifice your life, you must make fullest use of your weaponry. It is false not to do so, and to die with a weapon as yet undrawn.


Quote: Do not regret what you have done. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Do not regret what you have done.


Quote: Unless you really understand others, you can hardly attain your own self-understanding. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Unless you really understand others, you can hardly attain your own self-understanding.


Quote: Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything.


Quote: Water adopts the shape of its receptacle, it is sometimes a trickle and sometimes a wild sea. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Water adopts the shape of its receptacle, it is sometimes a trickle and sometimes a wild sea.


Quote: 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. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

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.


Quote: Fixed formation is bad. Study this well. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Fixed formation is bad. Study this well.


Quote: True warriors are fierce because their training is fierce. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

True warriors are fierce because their training is fierce.


Quote: To win any battle, you must fight as if you are already dead. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

To win any battle, you must fight as if you are already dead.


Quote: The only reason a warrior is alive is to fight, and the only reason a warrior fights is to win. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

The only reason a warrior is alive is to fight, and the only reason a warrior fights is to win.


Quote: Polish your wisdom: learn public justice, distinguish between good and evil, study the ways of different arts one by one. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Polish your wisdom: learn public justice, distinguish between good and evil, study the ways of different arts one by one.


Quote: What is essential is to suddenly make a move totally unexpected by the opponent, pick up on the advantage of fright, and seize the victory right then and there. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

What is essential is to suddenly make a move totally unexpected by the opponent, pick up on the advantage of fright, and seize the victory right then and there.


Quote: A man cannot understand the art he is studying if he only looks for the end result without taking the time to delve deeply into the reasoning of the study. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

A man cannot understand the art he is studying if he only looks for the end result without taking the time to delve deeply into the reasoning of the study.


Quote: The important thing in strategy is to suppress the enemy's useful actions but allow his useless actions. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

The important thing in strategy is to suppress the enemy's useful actions but allow his useless actions.


Quote: Being like a rock wall is when a master of martial arts suddenly becomes like a rock wall, inaccessible to anything at all, immovable. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Being like a rock wall is when a master of martial arts suddenly becomes like a rock wall, inaccessible to anything at all, immovable.


Quote: When you decide to attack, keep calm and dash in quickly, forestalling the enemy...attack with a feeling of constantly crushing the enemy, from first to last. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

When you decide to attack, keep calm and dash in quickly, forestalling the enemy...attack with a feeling of constantly crushing the enemy, from first to last.




Quote: If a man chooses a certain Way and seems to have no particular talent for this Way, he can still become a master if he so chooses. By keeping at a particular form of study a man can attain perfection either in this life or the next (if a next life is believed in). by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

If a man chooses a certain Way and seems to have no particular talent for this Way, he can still become a master if he so chooses. By keeping at a particular form of study a man can attain perfection either in this life or the next (if a next life is believed in).


Quote: The way is in training. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

The way is in training.


Quote: No Fear, No Hesitation, No Surprise, No Doubt. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

No Fear, No Hesitation, No Surprise, No Doubt.


Quote: It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first.


Quote: 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. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

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.


Quote: Whatever your determination or will power, it is foolish to try to change the nature of things. Things work the way they do because that is the way of things. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Whatever your determination or will power, it is foolish to try to change the nature of things. Things work the way they do because that is the way of things.


Quote: It is difficult to understand the universe if you only study one planet. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

It is difficult to understand the universe if you only study one planet.


Quote: Do not let the body be dragged along by mind nor be dragged along by the body. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Do not let the body be dragged along by mind nor be dragged along by the body.


Quote: 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. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

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.


Quote: The path that leads to truth is littered with the bodies of the ignorant. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

The path that leads to truth is littered with the bodies of the ignorant.


Quote: I choose to live by choice, not by chance. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

I choose to live by choice, not by chance.


Quote: One thousand days of lessons for discipline; ten thousand days of lessons for mastery. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

One thousand days of lessons for discipline; ten thousand days of lessons for mastery.


Quote: You must not be influenced by the opponent. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

You must not be influenced by the opponent.


Quote: Go beyond love and grief, exist for the good of mankind. by author Miyamoto Musashi overlaid on photo of photo of author Miyamoto Musashi with quote

Go beyond love and grief, exist for the good of mankind.


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