Quotes About Samurai

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Nobuhiro Watsuki
“You can always die. It's living that takes real courage." - Himura Kenshin”
Nobuhiro Watsuki

Laini Taylor
“Be a Samurai.
Because you just never know what's behind the freaking sky.”
Laini Taylor, Dreams of Gods & Monsters

Nobuhiro Watsuki
“No matter how much you hate or how much you suffer, you can't bring the dead back to life”
Nobuhiro Watsuki

Nobuhiro Watsuki
“New eras don't come about because of swords, they're created by the people who wield them. ”
Nobuhiro Watsuki

Matsuo Bashō
“Summer grasses,
All that remains
Of soldiers' dreams”
Matsuo Bashō

Eiji Yoshikawa
“Fighting isn't all there is to the Art of War. The men who think that way, and
are satisfied to have food to eat and a place to sleep, are mere vagabonds. A
serious student is much more concerned with training his mind and disciplining
his spirit than with developing martial skills.”
Eiji Yoshikawa, Musashi

Tsunetomo Yamamoto
“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

Nobuhiro Watsuki
“A man who can't uphold his beliefs is pathetic dead or alive - Hajime Saito”
Nobuhiro Watsuki

Tsunetomo Yamamoto
“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

Miyamoto Musashi
“I dreamt of worldly success once.”
Miyamoto Musashi

Jim Jarmusch
“Ghost Dog: In the words of the ancients, one should make his decision within the space of seven breaths. It is a matter of being determined and having the spirit to break through to the other side. ”
Jim Jarmusch

Alexei Maxim Russell
“Being a samurai is all about selfless service and if the lord abuses the servant, it is no longer a situation of service; it becomes the situation of a victim. It is never acceptable for a samurai to be a victim. It is never acceptable to allow a lord to abuse you or rob you of your dignity. In such a situation, it is acceptable to walk away.”
Alexei Maxim Russell, Instruction Manual for the 21st Century Samurai

“There is no greater solitude than that of the samurai unless it is that of the tiger in the jungle... Perhaps...”
Jean-Pierre Melville

“Takamasa Saegusa: 'Seigen, a mere member of the Toudouza, had the effrontery to sully the sacred dueling ground. For that reason, our lord had already decided to subject him to tu-uchi before long. Cut off his head immediately, and stick it on a pike!'

Gennosuke could hardly believe his ears. Such an insult to Irako Seigen was unwarranted. It was pride. For Gennosuke, Irako Seigen was pride itself.

Takamasa Saegusa: 'Fujiki Gennosuke! It is the way of the samurai to take the head of the defeated enemy on the battleground. Do not hesitate! If you are a samurai, you must carry out the duty of a samurai!'

Samurai...

Saegusa, Lord of Izu, continued shouting, but Gennosuke did not attend. That word 'samurai' alone reverberated through his body.

If one aims at the juncture between the base of the skull and the spine, decapitation is not that difficult, but Gennosuke could muster no more strength than a baby. He grew pale and trembled with the strain. He could only hack with his sword as if he were sawing wood. He felt nauseated, as if his own cells one after another were being annihilated. But this...

Lord Tokugawa Tadanaga: 'I approve.'

Takamasa Saegusa: 'Fujiki Gennosuke, for this splendid action you have received words of thanks from our lord. As a sign of his exceptional approval, you shall be given employment at Sunpu Castle. This great debt will by no means be forgotten. From this day forward you must offer your life to our lord!'

Prostrating himself, Gennosuke vomited.”
Takayuki Yamaguchi, シグルイ 15

James Clavell
“Blackthorne, beside the gates, was still turmoiled by his boundless joy at her reprieve and he remembered how his own will had been stretched that night of his near-seppuku, when he had had to get up as a man and walk home as a man unsupported, and became samurai. And he watched her, despising the need for this courage, yet understanding it, even honoring it.”
James Clavell, Shōgun

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

Sandy Fussell
“The rat scuttles, the big cat creeps, the monkey dashes,
The bat glides, the white crane soars, the lizard darts,
And the owl hoots
In the middle of the night.”
Sandy Fussell, Owl Ninja

Louis Edward Rosas
“Honor knows no birthright.”
Louis Edward Rosas, Hatamoto

Alexei Maxim Russell
“Life in Japan, nowadays, is nothing like a Kurosawa movie, and only the contemptible Weeaboo thinks that it is. In order to be a whole, well-rounded Otaku, you need to be up on Japanese popular culture, as much as you may be up on anime, samurai philosophy or the canon of Square Enix games.”
Alexei Maxim Russell, The Japanophile's Handbook

David Kirk
“Per otto anni ho vagato,
senza accorgermi dell'avvicendarsi delle stagioni.
Sono solo una foglia che appassisce, secca, muore,
eppure l'albero rimane: modello di vita.”
David Kirk, Child of Vengeance

David Kirk
“Intorno a lui, le tranquille risaie riflettevano le stelle come lastre di ossidiana, e lui smaniava dalla voglia di sfoderare la spada e squarciarle; tagliare le stelle e tagliare il cielo e l'universo, solo perché sapeva che era in grado di farlo.”
David Kirk, Child of Vengeance

Rick Remender
“All these years! All this time with us -- have you learned nothing?!

You only live by the grace of our clan's tenet of forgiveness!

Your judgement is shit!

Rectitude is the bone that gives firmness and stature. Without decency, neither talent nor learning can make the human frame into a samurai.”
Rick Remender, Tokyo Ghost, Vol. 1: Atomic Garden

Lian Hearn
“Cuando era niño, solía llevar a casa animales del bosque (…) Nunca logré domesticarlos, porque lo único que querían, ciega e irracionalmente, era escapar.”
Lian Hearn, Across the Nightingale Floor

Inazo Nitobe
“A samurai was essentially a man of action.”
Inazo Nitobe, Bushido, The Soul Of Japan

Lian Hearn
“Los perros ladran en la distancia y los gallos anunciaban la llegada del nuevo día.”
Lian Hearn, Grass for His Pillow

Rick Remender
“Samurai are born to die.

Death is not a curse to be avoided -- but the natural end of all life. Death is not eternal . . . dishonor is.”
Rick Remender, Tokyo Ghost, Vol. 1: Atomic Garden

Miyamoto Musashi
“The sword has to be more than a simple weapon; it has to be an answer to life's questions.”
Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy

Lian Hearn
“Mi padre no volverá a mirarme a la cara", pensó. "Apartará sus ojos de mí, incluso me estará dando muerte.”
Lian Hearn, Grass for His Pillow

Lian Hearn
“Nunca antes había recordado aquel momento", pensó. "Y sin emitir sonido alguno murmuró, "¡Madre! ¡Madre!”
Lian Hearn, Grass for His Pillow

Jay McInerney
“This is shaping up even worse than you anticipated. Still, you feel a measure of detachment, as if you had suffered everything already and this were just a flashback. You wish that you had paid more attention when a woman you met at Heartbreak told you about Zen meditation. Think of all of this as an illusion. She can't hurt you. Nothing can hurt the samurai wh enters combat fully resolved to die. You have already accepted the inevitability of termination, as they say. Still, you'd rather not have to sit through this.”
Jay McInerney, Bright Lights, Big City

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