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“There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment. There will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you will still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, The Hagakure: A code to the way of samurai
“Even if it seems certain that you will lose, retaliate. Neither wisdom nor technique has a place in this. A real man does not think of victory or defeat. He plunges recklessly towards an irrational death. By doing this, you will awaken from your dreams.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“To give a person an opinion one must first judge well whether that person is of the disposition to receive it or not.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai: if by setting one's heart right every morning and evening, one is able to live as though his body were already dead, he gains freedom in the Way.
his whole life will be without blame, and he will succeed in his calling.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto
“Be true to the thought of the moment and avoid distraction. Other than continuing to exert yourself, enter into nothing else, but go to the extent of living single thought by single thought.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“It is said that what is called "the spirit of an age" is something to which one cannot return. That this spirit gradually dissipates is due to the world's coming to an end. For this reason, although one would like to change today's world back to the spirit of one hundred years or more ago, it cannot be done. Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“It is a wretched thing that the young men of today are so contriving and so proud of their material posessions. Men with contriving hearts are lacking in duty. Lacking in duty, they will have no self-respect.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
tags: zen
“There is nothing we should be quite so grateful for as the last line of the poem that goes, 'When your own heart asks.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“In the Kamigata area, they have a sort of tiered lunchbox they use for a single day when flower viewing. Upon returning, they throw them away, trampling them underfoot. The end is important in all things.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“When one is writing a letter, he should think that the recipient will make it into a hanging scroll.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“Bushido is realized in the presence of death. This means choosing death whenever there is a choice between life and death. There is no other reasoning.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“If one is but secure at the foundation, he will not be pained by departure from minor details or affairs that are contrary to expectation. But in the end, the details of a matter are important. The right and wrong of one's way of doing things are found in trivial matters.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“Singlemindedness is all-powerful.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto
“If a warrior is not unattached to life and death, he will be of no use whatsoever. The saying that “All abilities come from one mind” sounds as though it has to do with sentient matters, but it is in fact a matter of being unattached to life and death. With such non-attachment one can accomplish any feat.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“Tether even a roasted chicken.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“Respect, Honesty, Courage, Rectitude, Loyalty, Honour, Benevolence”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“Matters of great concern should be treated lightly.” Master Ittei commented, “Matters of small concern should be treated seriously.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“Continue to spur a running horse.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto
“Sincerity does not only complete the self; it is the means by which all things are completed. As the self is completed, there is human-heartedness; as things are completed, there is wisdom. This is the virtue of one’s character, and the Way of joining the internal and external. Thus, when we use this, everything is correct.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“If by setting one’s heart right every morning and evening, one is able to live as though his body were already dead, he gains freedom in the Way.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“Whether people be of high or low birth, rich or poor, old or young, enlightened or confused, they are all alike in that they will one day die.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto
“Nothing is impossible in this world. Firm determination, it is said, can move heaven and earth. Things appear far beyond one's power, because one cannot set his heart on any arduous project due to want of strong will.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto
“It is spiritless to think that you cannot attain to that which you have seen and heard the masters attain. The masters are men. You are also a man. If you think that you will be inferior in doing something, you will be on that road very soon.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“Although this may be a most difficult thing, if one will do it, it can be done. There is nothing that one should suppose cannot be done.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“If one does not get it into his head from the very beginning that the world is full of unseemly situations, for the most part his demeanour will be poor and he will not be believed by others.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
tags: wisdom
“«In mezzo a ogni singolo respiro, dove i pensieri vani non trovano appiglio, lì è la Via».”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: All'ombra delle foglie - Precetti per un Samurai
“Practice in letter writing goes to the extent of taking care in even one-line letters. It is good if all the above contain a quiet strength. Moreover, according to what the priest Ryōzan heard when he was in the Kamigata area, when one is writing a letter, he should think that the recipient will make it into a hanging scroll.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to all things.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto
“Parece que cualesquiera que sean los dones personales, cualquiera que sea la dificultad del problema, a una reflexión suficientemente larga y profunda. En tanto uno funda su razonamiento sobre el "Yo", puede ser muy prudente y astuto pero no sabio. Los seres humanos son insensatos y les es difícil abandonar su "Yo". A pesar de todo, un individuo enfrentado a una situación complicada tiene grandes posibilidades de encontrar una solución, si llega a abstraerse momentáneamente del problema, concentrándose sobre los "cuatro votos" y abandonando su "Yo".”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure

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