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Miyamoto Musashi

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Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584 – June 13, 1645) was an expert Japanese swordsman and rōnin. Musashi, as he was often simply known, became renowned through stories of his excellent swordsmanship in numerous duels, even from a very young age. He was the founder of the Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū or Niten-ryū style of swordsmanship and the author of The Book of Five Rings a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today.


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.”


“Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world”


“You must understand that there is more than one path to the top of the mountain”


“Do nothing that is of no use”


“from one thing, know ten thousand things”


“If you wish to control others you must first control yourself”


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


“Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye.”

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

“Do not regret what you have done” 

“Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men.” 

“If you do not control the enemy, the enemy will control you” 

“All man are the same except for their belief in their own selves, regardless of what others may think of them” 

“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.” 

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

“To know ten thousand things, know one well” 

“Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help” 

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

“Know your enemy, know his sword.” 

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

“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.” 

“To become the enemy, see yourself as the enemy of the enemy” 


“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.”


“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.”

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

“Never stray from the Way.” 


“When in a fight to the death, one wants to employ all one's weapons to the utmost. I must say that to die with one's sword still sheathed is most regrettable.”

“Whatever the Way, the master of strategy does not appear fast.” 


“It is said the warrior's is the twofold Way of pen and sword, and he should have a taste for both Ways. Even if a man has no natural ability he can be a warrior by sticking assiduously to both divisions of the Way.”

“Step by step walk the thousand-mile road.” 

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

“Immature strategy is the cause of grief".” 

“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.” 


“It is said the warrior's is the twofold Way of pen and sword, and he should have a taste for both Ways.”

“You should not have a favourite weapon. To become over-familiar with one weapon is as much a fault as not knowing it sufficiently well.” 

“If you are not progressing along the true way, a slight twist in the mind can become a major twist. This must be pondered well.” 


“A thousand days of training to develop, ten thousand days of training to polish. You must examine all this well.”

“guard. It is in this sense that I recommend the guard without a guard. Whatever the situation is, you hold the sword so that you can slash your opponent.” 

“The essential is to think that anything you are doing has to become the occasion for slashing. You must examine this well.” 

“In sum, it is not good to let the hand or the sword become fixed or frozen. A fixed hand is a dead hand; a hand that does not become fixed is alive. It is necessary to master this well.” 


“It is necessary to know ten thousand things by knowing one well. If you are to practice the way of strategy, nothing must escape your eyes.54 Reflect well on this.”

“Know that there are no other forms apart from these five in the School of the Two Swords.” 

“This is a 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 yet undrawn.” 

“By knowing what exist, you can know that which does not exist. That is the void. 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 confusion.” 

“Then you will come to see things in an all-encompassing sense and, taking the void as the Way, you will see the Way as void.

In the void is virtue, and no evil. Wisdom exists, principle exists, the way exists. Spirit is Void.”


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