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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
“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
“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
“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
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“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
“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
“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
“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
“Singlemindedness is all-powerful.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto
“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
“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
“Respect, Honesty, Courage, Rectitude, Loyalty, Honour, Benevolence”
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
“Tether even a roasted chicken.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“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
“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
“Continue to spur a running horse.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto
“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
“A man who can reason over trifles will become conceited, and will take pleasure in being described as 'odd'. He will start boasting that he was born with a personality that doesn't fit well with contemporary society, and be convinced that nobody else is above him. He will surely meet with divine retribution. Regardless of what abilities a man may possess, he will be of little use if rejected by others. People don't slight those who are eager to help and serve well, and who readily exhibit humility to their associates.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto
“If you are unaware that the world is teeming with ineptitude from the beginning, you will develop a bitter countenance, and in turn others will eschew you.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto
“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
“Purity is something that cannot be attained except by piling effort upon effort.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one’s body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears and swords, being carried away by surging waves, being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake, falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one’s master. And every day without fail one should consider himself as dead”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto
“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

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