Samurai Quotes

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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

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

“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.”
Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

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

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

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

“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.”
Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure: The Book of the 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

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

“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

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

Miyamoto Musashi
“Becoming the opponent means you should put yourself in an opponent's place and think from the opponent's point of view.”
Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

Miyamoto Musashi
“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.”
Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

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

Nobuhiro Watsuki
“In the world of old memories, there's room for visitors”
Nobuhiro Watsuki, Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 06

Nobuhiro Watsuki
“In the world of old memories, there's no room for visitors”
Nobuhiro Watsuki

Miyamoto Musashi
“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.”
Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

“It seems Washinoo didn't mind being kidnapped by lunatics. He remained with Yoshitsune until the very end.”
Pamela S Turner

“Rehearse your death every morning and night. Only when you constantly live as though already a corpse (jōjū shinimi) will you be able to find freedom in the martial Way, and fulfill your duties without fault throughout your life.”
Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

“At times because of one man’s evil, ten thousand people suffer. So you kill that one man to let the tens of thousands live. Here, truly, the blade that deals death becomes the sword that saves lives.”
Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure

“The Way of the warrior (bushido) is to be found in dying.”
Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

“Only when you constantly live as though already a corpse (jōjū shinimi) will you be able to find freedom in the martial Way, and fulfill your duties without fault throughout your life.”
Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

“With regards to the way of death, if you are prepared to die at any time, you will be able to meet your release from life with equanimity. As calamities are usually not as bad as anticipated beforehand, it is foolhardy to feel anxiety about tribulations not yet endured. Just accept that the worst possible fate for a man in service is to become a rōnin, or death by seppuku. Then nothing will faze you.”
Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

“Depending on one’s point of view, Hagakure represents a mystical beauty intrinsic to the Japanese aesthetic experience, and a stoic but profound appreciation of the meaning of life and death.”
Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

Lian Hearn
“La vida parece más bella y efímera que nunca, pues se puede perder en un abrir y cerrar de ojos.”
Lian Hearn, Grass for His Pillow

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