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1:Never stray from the Way. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
2:Know your enemy, know his sword. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
3:Become acquainted with every art. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
4:Too much is the same as not enough. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
5:Do not act following customary beliefs. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
6:You can only fight the way you practice ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
7:From one thing, know ten thousand things. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
8:Step by step walk the thousand-mile road. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
9:Never depart from the way of martial arts. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
10:Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
11:Even if a man has no natural ability, he can be a warrior. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
12:Fixation is the way to death. Fluidity is the way to life. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
13:If you know the way broadly you will see it in everything. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
14:The Way is in training... Do nothing which is not of value. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
15:To win any battle, you must fight as if you are already dead ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
16:Do not waste time idling or thinking after you have set your goals ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
17:Approach the enemy with the attitude of defeating him without delay. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
18:In battle, if you you make your opponent flinch, you have already won. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
19:It may seem difficult at first, but all things are difficult at first. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
20:The path that leads to truth is littered with the bodies of the ignorant. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
21:The sword has to be more than a simple weapon; it has to be an answer to life's questions. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
22:Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is, and you must bend to its power or live a lie.
   ~ Miyamoto Musashi, [T5],
23:A thousand days of training to develop, ten thousand days of training to polish. You must examine all this well. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
24:Polish your wisdom: learn public justice, distinguish between good and evil, study the ways of different arts one by one. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
25:The essential is to think that anything you are doing has to become the occasion for slashing. You must examine this well. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
26:You should not have a favorite weapon. To become over-familiar with one weapon is as much a fault as not knowing it sufficiently well. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
27:A man cannot understand the art he is studying if he only looks for the end result without taking the time to delve deeply into the reasoning of the study. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
28:Study strategy over the years and achieve the spirit of the warrior. Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men.
   ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
29:Second is the way of the merchant. The wine maker obtains his ingredients and puts them to use to make his living. The way of the merchant is always to live by taking profit. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
30: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
31:Do not sleep under a roof. Carry no money or food. Go alone to places frightening to the common brand of men. Become a criminal of purpose. Be put in jail, and extricate yourself by your own wisdom. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
32: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
33:Fourthly, the way of the artisan. The way of the carpenter is to become proficient in the use of his tools, first to lay his plans with true measure and then perform his work according to plan. Thus he passes through life. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
34:If a man chooses a certain Way and seems to have no particular talent for this Way, he can still become a master if he so chooses. By keeping at a particular form of study a man can attain perfection either in this life or the next (if a next life is believed in). ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
35:Among the people also, a sailor with a rudder or oars or a farmer with a spade and a hoe each in his way succeeds in accustoming himself to his action. You too can acquire strength through regular exercise. Nonetheless, it is appropriate for each person to choose a sword that corresponds to his strength. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
36:1. Do not think dishonestly. 2. The Way is in training. 3. Become acquainted with every art. 4. Know the Ways of all professions. 5. Distinguish between gain and loss in worldly matters. 6. Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything. 7. Perceive those things which cannot be seen. 8. Pay attention even to trifles. 9. Do nothing which is of no use. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
37:Even if you strive diligently on your chosen path day after day, if your heart is not in accord with it, then even if you think you are on a good path, from the point of view of the straight and true, this is not a genuine path. If you do not pursue a genuine path to its consummation, then a little bit of crookedness in the mind will later turn into a major warp. Reflect on this. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,

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1:The way is in training. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
2:Never stray from the Way. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
3:Never stray from the Way. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
4:Do nothing that is of no use ~ Miyamoto Musashi
5:Do nothing which is of no use ~ Miyamoto Musashi
6:Do nothing which is of no use. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
7:Do not regret what you have done ~ Miyamoto Musashi
8:Know your enemy, know his sword. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
9:Become acquainted with every art. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
10:I dreamt of worldly success once. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
11:Know your enemy, know his sword. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
12:Become acquainted with every art. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
13:Too much is the same as not enough. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
14:There is even rhythm in being empty. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
15:Too much is the same as not enough. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
16:Accept everything just the way it is. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
17:Pay attention even to life's trifles. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
18:Strategy is the craft of the warrior. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
19:The Book of Five Rings, by Miyamoto Musashi, ~ Jack Carr
20:Do not act following customary beliefs. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
21:You can only fight the way you practice ~ Miyamoto Musashi
22:Do not act following customary beliefs. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
23:Do not let your opponent see your spirit ~ Miyamoto Musashi
24:Fixed formation is bad. Study this well. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
25:from one thing, know ten thousand things ~ Miyamoto Musashi
26:Immature strategy is the cause of grief. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
27:You can only fight the way you practice ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
28:As far as Im concerned, I regret nothing. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
29:From one thing, know ten thousand things. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
30:Immature strategy is the cause of grief". ~ Miyamoto Musashi
31:Step by step walk the thousand-mile road. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
32:From one thing, know ten thousand things. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
33:Never depart from the way of martial arts. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
34:Step by step walk the thousand-mile road. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
35:To know ten thousand things, know one well ~ Miyamoto Musashi
36:Never depart from the way of martial arts. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
37:As you get the rhythm you discern how to win. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
38:No Fear, No Hesitation, No Surprise, No Doubt ~ Miyamoto Musashi
39:el rápido se cansa y no puede llegar a tiempo. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
40:Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
41:One must make the warrior walk his everyday walk. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
42:Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world ~ Miyamoto Musashi
43:Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
44:"Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world." ~ Miyamoto Musashi
45:Consider yourself lightly; consider the world deeply. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
46:Get beyond love and grief: exist for the good of Man. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
47:Respect the gods and buddhas, but never rely on them. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
48:tubuhku boleh menjadi debu, tapi aku akan tetap hidup ~ Miyamoto Musashi
49:Respect the gods and Buddhas, but do not depend on them. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
50:Though you give up your life, do not give up your honor. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
51:If the enemy stays spirited it is difficult to crush him. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
52:Even if a man has no natural ability, he can be a warrior. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
53:Fixation is the way to death. Fluidity is the way to life. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
54:If you know the way broadly you will see it in everything. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
55:Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is ... ~ Miyamoto Musashi
56:Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help ~ Miyamoto Musashi
57:The ultimate aim of martial arts is not having to use them ~ Miyamoto Musashi
58:True warriors are fierce because their training is fierce. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
59:Even if a man has no natural ability, he can be a warrior. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
60:Fixation is the way to death. Fluidity is the way to life. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
61:If you do not control the enemy, the enemy will control you ~ Miyamoto Musashi
62:If you know the way broadly you will see it in everything. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
63:The Way is in training... Do nothing which is not of value. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
64:To become the enemy, see yourself as the enemy of the enemy ~ Miyamoto Musashi
65:The Way is in training... Do nothing which is not of value. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
66:To win any battle, you must fight as if you are already dead ~ Miyamoto Musashi
67:Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
68:Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
69:If you wish to control others you must first control yourself ~ Miyamoto Musashi
70:To win any battle, you must fight as if you are already dead ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
71:Whatever the Way, the master of strategy does not appear fast. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
72:A warrior has no confusion in his mind...This is true emptiness. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
73:You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
74:Immature strategy is the cause of grief.” That was a true saying. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
75:It is bad for commanders and troopers to have likes and dislikes. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
76:Do not waste time idling or thinking after you have set your goals ~ Miyamoto Musashi
77:Do not waste time idling or thinking after you have set your goals ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
78:Approach the enemy with the attitude of defeating him without delay. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
79:Approach the enemy with the attitude of defeating him without delay. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
80:By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
81:It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
82:Think lightly of yourself and think deeply of the world. MIYAMOTO MUSASHI ~ Phil Jackson
83:In battle, if you you make your opponent flinch, you have already won. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
84:It may seem difficult at first, but all things are difficult at first. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
85:In battle, if you you make your opponent flinch, you have already won. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
86:It is difficult to understand the universe if you only study one planet ~ Miyamoto Musashi
87:It may seem difficult at first, but all things are difficult at first. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
88:The purpose of today's training is to defeat yesterday's understanding. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
89:They speak of "This Dojo" and "That Dojo". They are looking for profit. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
90:The path that leads to truth is littered with the bodies of the ignorant. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
91:If you fail to take advantage of your enemies' collapse, they may recover. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
92:The path that leads to truth is littered with the bodies of the ignorant. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
93:Generally speaking, the Way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
94:Observe their attacking order, and go to meet first those who attack first. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
95:All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
96:You must understand that there is more than one path to the top of the mountain ~ Miyamoto Musashi
97:When you cannot be deceived by men you will have realised the wisdom of strategy. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
98:With your spirit open and unconstricted, look at things from a high point of view. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
99:In time, all things work to your advantage when you pursue them with an open heart. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
100:Generally speaking, the Way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death. Although ~ Miyamoto Musashi
101:The teacher is as a needle, the disciple is as thread. You must practice constantly. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
102:Do not let the body be dragged along by mind nor the mind be dragged along by the body ~ Miyamoto Musashi
103:Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
104:If you do not look at things on a large scale, it will be difficult to master strategy. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
105:Unless you really understand others, you can hardly attain your own self-understanding. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
106:The warrior is different in that studying the Way of strategy is based on overcoming men ~ Miyamoto Musashi
107:Cuando miro a la sociedad, veo que la gente convierte las artes en ganancias comerciales; ~ Miyamoto Musashi
108:Know that there are no other forms apart from these five in the School of the Two Swords. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
109:The sword has to be more than a simple weapon; it has to be an answer to life's questions. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
110:The sword has to be more than a simple weapon; it has to be an answer to life's questions. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
111:...most warriors only perform tricks. The way of the warrior is filled with soul and feeling ~ Miyamoto Musashi
112:Water adopts the shape of its receptacle, it is sometimes a trickle and sometimes a wild sea. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
113:The only reason a warrior is alive is to fight, and the only reason a warrior fights is to win ~ Miyamoto Musashi
114:Cutting down the enemy is the way of strategy, and there is no need for many refinements of it. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
115:In strategy it is necessary to treat training as part of normal life with your spirit unchanging. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
116:You win battles by knowing the enemy's timing, and using a timing which the enemy does not expect. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
117:No man is invincible, and therefore no man can fully understand that which would make him invincible ~ Miyamoto Musashi
118:Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is, and you must bend to its power or live a lie. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
119:Không có nghề cao quý, chỉ có con người cao quý. Không có kiếm pháp vô địch, chỉ có con người vô địch. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
120:There is timing in everything. Timing in strategy cannot be mastered without a great deal of practice. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
121:It is said the warrior's is the twofold Way of pen and sword, and he should have a taste for both Ways. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
122:The important thing in strategy is to suppress the enemy's useful actions but allow his useless actions ~ Miyamoto Musashi
123:Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is.
And you must bend to its power or live a lie. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
124:When your spirit is no longer foggy, when the clouds of bewilderment clear away, there is the true void. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
125:There are many ways of understanding simple things, but generally the opposite is true for difficult ideas ~ Miyamoto Musashi
126:Under the sword lifted high, There is hell making you tremble. But go ahead, And you have the land of bliss. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
127:All man are the same except for their belief in their own selves, regardless of what others may think of them ~ Miyamoto Musashi
128:Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is, and you must bend to its power or live a lie.
   ~ Miyamoto Musashi, [T5],
129:A thousand days of training to develop, ten thousand days of training to polish. You must examine all this well. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
130:In contests of strategy it is bad to be led about by the enemy. You must always be able to lead the enemy about. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
131:A thousand days of training to develop, ten thousand days of training to polish. You must examine all this well. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
132:When your spirit is not in the least clouded, when the clouds of bewilderment clear away, there is the true void. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
133:If the enemy thinks of the mountains, attack like the sea; and if he thinks of the sea, attack like the mountains. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
134:In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
135:Becoming the opponent means you should put yourself in an opponent's place and think from the opponent's point of view. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
136:In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things. It ~ Miyamoto Musashi
137:If there is a Way involving the spirit of not being defeated, to help oneself and gain honour, it is the Way of Strategy. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
138:Polish your wisdom: learn public justice, distinguish between good and evil, study the ways of different arts one by one. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
139:Polish your wisdom: learn public justice, distinguish between good and evil, study the ways of different arts one by one. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
140:The essential is to think that anything you are doing has to become the occasion for slashing. You must examine this well. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
141:It is imperative to master the principles of the art of war and learn to be unmoved in mind even in the heat of the battle. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
142:The essential is to think that anything you are doing has to become the occasion for slashing. You must examine this well. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
143:When your opponent is hurrying recklessly, you must act contrarily and keep calm. You must not be influenced by the opponent. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
144:See to it that you temper yourself with one thousand days of practice, and refine yourself with ten thousand days of training. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
145:The halberd is inferior to the spear on the battlefield. With the spear you can take the initiative, the halberd is defensive. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
146: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
147:In the void is virtue, and no evil. Wisdom has existence, principle has existence, the Way has existence, spirit is nothingness. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
148:When you have attained the way of strategy there will be nothing that you cannot understand. You will see the way in everything. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
149:biarlah orang lain gugur secara heroik, kalau itu cocok buat mereka. aku hanya mau membereskan pertempuran dengan kemenangan heroik. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
150:If you learn indoor techniques, you will think narrowly and forget the true Way. Thus you will have difficulty in actual encounters. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
151:There is a rhythm to everything, but particularly in the martial arts, if you do not train in its rhythm it is difficult to succeed. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
152:A bullet from a gun does not make a distinction between practice and combat. You are training to be one and the same way in your life ~ Miyamoto Musashi
153:You should not have a favorite weapon. To become over-familiar with one weapon is as much a fault as not knowing it sufficiently well. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
154:Being like a rock wall" is when a master of martial arts suddenly becomes like a rock wall, inaccessible to anything at all, immovable. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
155: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
156:You should not have a favorite weapon. To become over-familiar with one weapon is as much a fault as not knowing it sufficiently well. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
157: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
158: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. You ~ Miyamoto Musashi
159:Cualquiera que sea la guardia que adoptéis, no penséis en ella como en una posición defensiva; consideradla como una parte del acto de matar. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
160:In all forms of strategy, it is necessary to maintain the combat stance in everyday life and to make your everyday stance your combat stance. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
161:per guadagnarsi la vita ogni artigiano deve curare con attenzione la manutenzione dei propri attrezzi e saperli usare con la massima abilità. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
162:When you appreciate the power of nature, knowing the rhythm of any situation, you will be able to hit the enemy naturally and strike naturally. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
163:The bow is tactically strong at the commencement of battle, especially battles on a moor, as it is possible to shoot quickly among the spearmen. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
164:If you want to learn the craft of war, ponder over this book. The teacher is as a needle, the disciple is as thread. You must practice constantly. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
165:This Fudo Myo-o, whose name means “Immovable Wisdom King,” is represented with a sword to cut through our ignorance and a rope to bind up our emotions ~ Miyamoto Musashi
166:Always return your weapon along the same path it traveled out on. In this way you can use it again without having to relocate and rethink our attitude. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
167: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
168:Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
169: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
170:A man cannot understand the art he is studying if he only looks for the end result without taking the time to delve deeply into the reasoning of the study. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
171: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 bewilderment. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
172:Speed in the martial arts is not the True Way. Concerning speed, we say that something is fast or slow depending on whether it misses the rhythm of things. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
173:Study strategy over the years and achieve the spirit of the warrior. Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
174:This is 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 as yet undrawn. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
175:A man cannot understand the art he is studying if he only looks for the end result without taking the time to delve deeply into the reasoning of the study. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
176:Whatever your determination or will power, it is foolish to try to change the nature of things. Things work the way they do because that is the way of things ~ Miyamoto Musashi
177:Study strategy over the years and achieve the spirit of the warrior. Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men.
   ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
178: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
179: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
180: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
181:When the enemy starts to collapse you must pursue him without the chance of letting go. If you fail to take advantage of your enemies collapse, they may recover. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
182: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
183:You win battles with the timing in the Void born of the timing of cunning by knowing the enemies’ timing, and thus using a timing which the enemy does not expect. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
184: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
185:The spirit of defeating a man is the same for ten million men. The strategist makes small things into big things, like building a great Buddha from a one foot model. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
186:Anger. Control your anger. If you hold anger toward others, they have control over you.Your opponent can dominate and defeat you if you allow him to get you irritated. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
187:Nobody is strong and nobody is weak if he conceives of the body, from the head to the sole of the foot, as a unity in which a living mind circulates everywhere equally. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
188:Determine that today you will overcome your self of the day before, tomorrow you will win over those of lesser skill, and later you will win over those of greater skill. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
189:If you master the principles of sword-fencing, when you freely beat one man, you beat any man in the world. The spirit of defeating a man is the same for ten million men. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
190:In all forms of strategy, it is necessary to maintain the combat stance in everyday life and to make your everyday stance your combat stance. You must research this well. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
191:To cut and slash are two different things. Cutting, whatever form of cutting it is, is decisive, with a resolute spirit. Slashing is nothing more than touching the enemy. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
192:When your sword meets that of your enemy, you can never waver, but must instead attack with the complete resolution of your whole body… —Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings ~ Barry Eisler
193:Second is the way of the merchant. The wine maker obtains his ingredients and puts them to use to make his living. The way of the merchant is always to live by taking profit. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
194: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
195:Second is the way of the merchant. The wine maker obtains his ingredients and puts them to use to make his living. The way of the merchant is always to live by taking profit. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
196:From inside fortifications, the gun has no equal among weapons. It is the supreme weapon on the field before the ranks clash, but once swords are crossed the gun becomes useless. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
197: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
198: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
199:In sum, it is not good to let the hand or the sword become fixed or frozen.87 A fixed hand is a dead hand; a hand that does not become fixed is alive. It is necessary to master this well. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
200: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
201: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
202: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
203: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 . ~ Miyamoto Musashi
204:Crossing at a ford occurs often in a man's lifetime. It means setting sail even though your friends stay in harbour, knowing the route, knowing the soundness of your ship and the favour of the day. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
205:Do not sleep under a roof. Carry no money or food. Go alone to places frightening to the common brand of men. Become a criminal of purpose. Be put in jail, and extricate yourself by your own wisdom ~ Miyamoto Musashi
206:Step by step walk the thousand-mile road. Study strategy over the years and achieve the spirit of the warrior. Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
207:Do not sleep under a roof. Carry no money or food. Go alone to places frightening to the common brand of men. Become a criminal of purpose. Be put in jail, and extricate yourself by your own wisdom. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
208: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 . ~ Miyamoto Musashi
209:Do not sleep under a roof. Carry no money or food. Go alone to places frightening to the common brand of men. Become a criminal of purpose. Be put in jail, and extricate yourself by your own wisdom. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
210:Speed is not part of the true Way of strategy. Speed implies that things seem fast or slow, according to whether or not they are in rhythm. Whatever the Way, the master of strategy does not appear fast. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
211:In single combat you must not fix the eyes on the details. As I said before, if you fix your eyes on details and neglect important things, your spirit will become bewildered, and victory will escape you. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
212:If you think only of hitting, springing, striking or touching the enemy, you will not be able actually to cut him. More than anything, you must be thinking of carrying your movement through to cutting him. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
213:What I call the void is where nothing exists. It is about things outside man's knowledge. Of course the void does not exist. By knowing what exist, you can know that which does not exist. That is the void. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
214:4 years earlier “This is 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.” Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings. ~ Phillip W Simpson
215:In a battle of martial arts, victory is in knowing the rhythms of your various opponents, in using a rhythm your opponent will be unable to grasp, and in developing a rhythm of emptiness rather than one of wisdom. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
216: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
217:You should not have any special fondness for a particular weapon, or anything else, for that matter. Too much is the same as not enough. Without imitating anyone else, you should have as much weaponry as suits you. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
218: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
219:As if with the nut and flower, the nut has become less than the flower... both those teaching and those learning are concerned with colouring and showing off their technique, trying to hasten the bloom of the flower. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
220:There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better , stronger ,richer, quicker , or smarter. Quicker , or smarter . Everything is within . Everything exists . Seek nothing outside of yourself . ~ Miyamoto Musashi
221:Fourthly, the way of the artisan. The way of the carpenter is to become proficient in the use of his tools, first to lay his plans with true measure and then perform his work according to plan. Thus he passes through life. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
222:Fourthly, the way of the artisan. The way of the carpenter is to become proficient in the use of his tools, first to lay his plans with true measure and then perform his work according to plan. Thus he passes through life. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
223:The principle of my school is quite different. In the other schools, techniques are displayed like merchandise adorned with colors and flowers, so they can be turned into a way of making a living, which is not the true way. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
224: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
225: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. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
226:Así pues, la ciencia de las artes marciales implica la presencia del espíritu para actuar como el mar, cuando el enemigo es como una montaña, y actuar como una montaña, cuando el enemigo es como el mar. Esto exige una atenta reflexión. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
227:Imitation is the surest form of flattery and failure. I am not interested with your talk about my ideas. I am more interested in your applying them to your life. If you do not, then you are essentially not in accord with your own mind. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
228:Do not let your spirit be influenced by your body, or your body be influenced by your spirit. Be neither insufficiently spirited or over spirited. An elevated spirit is weak and a low spirit is weak. Do not let the enemy see your spirit. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
229:In my strategy, the footwork does not change. I always walk as I usually do in the street. You must never lose control of your feet. According to the enemy's rhythm, move fast or slowly, adjusting you body not too much and not too little. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
230:Any man who wants to master the essence of my strategy must research diligently, training morning and evening. Thus can he polish his skill, become free from self, and realise extraordinary ability. He will come to possess miraculous power. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
231:In strategy your spiritual bearing must not be any different from normal. Both in fighting and in everyday life you should be determined though calm. Meet the situation without tenseness yet not recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
232:In the strategy of my school, keep your body and mind straight and make your opponent go through contortions and twist about. The essence is to defeat him in the moment when, in his mind, he is pivoting and twisting. You should examine this well. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
233:You must cultivate your wisdom and spirit. Polish your wisdom: learn public justice, distinguish between good and evil, study the Ways of different arts one by one. When you cannot be deceived by men you will have realized the wisdom of strategy. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
234:Do not think dishonestly... Distinguish between gain and loss in worldly matters. Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything. Perceive those things which cannot be seen. Pay attention even to trifles. Do nothing which is of no use. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
235:The Way of the warrior does not include other ways, such as Confucianism, Buddhism, certain traditions, artistic accomplishments, and dancing. But even though these are not part of the Way, if you know the Way broadly, you will see it in everything. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
236:Also by training you will be able to freely control your own body, conquer men with your body, and with sufficient training you will be able to beat ten men with your spirit. When you have reached this point, will it not mean that you are invincible? ~ Miyamoto Musashi
237:Thirdly, the gentleman warrior, carrying the weaponry of his way. The way of the warrior is to master the virtue of his weapons. If a gentleman dislikes strategy he will not appreciate the benefit of weaponry, so must he not have a little taste for this? ~ Miyamoto Musashi
238:If a man chooses a certain Way and seems to have no particular talent for this Way, he can still become a master if he so chooses. By keeping at a particular form of study a man can attain perfection either in this life or the next (if a next life is believed in). ~ Miyamoto Musashi
239:If a man chooses a certain Way and seems to have no particular talent for this Way, he can still become a master if he so chooses. By keeping at a particular form of study a man can attain perfection either in this life or the next (if a next life is believed in). ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
240:The fact of the matter is that the world does not care about you or me, our hopes, our desires, or our dreams. And, the world of dreams, hopes, and desires that is constructed between our ears it is not necessarily a reflection of what is actually going on around us. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
241:Pensando pausadamente, comprendiendo que es obligación de los guerreros practicar esta ciencia, decidid que hoy venceréis el yo del día anterior, y que mañana ganaréis a aquellos que tienen menos capacidad, y posteriormente venceréis a aquellos que tienen más capacidad. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
242:There is timing in the whole life of the warrior, in his thriving and declining, in his harmony and discord. Similarly, there is timing in the Way of the merchant, in the rise and fall of capital. All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
243:Cuando estáis combatiendo contra los enemigos, si tenéis la sensación de estar estancados y de no hacer ningún progreso, abandonad vuestro estado de ánimo y pensad en vuestro corazón que estáis empezando algo nuevo. Cuando conseguís el ritmo, ya sabéis cómo ganar. Esto es "renovarse". ~ Miyamoto Musashi
244:In strategy there are various timing considerations. From the outset you must know the applicable timing and the inapplicable timing, and from among the large and small things and the fast and slow timings find the relevant timing, first seeing the distance timing and the background timing. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
245:To cut and to slash are two different things. Cutting, whatever form of cutting it is, is decisive, with a resolute spirit. Slashing is nothing more than touching the enemy. Even if you slash strongly, and even if the enemy dies instantly, it is slashing. When you cut, your spirit is resolved. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
246:No man is invincible, and therefore no man can fully understand that which would make him invincible. Even with complete and thorough study there is always the possibility of being defeated and although one may be expert in a particular form, mastery is something a man never stops seeking to attain. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
247:Why would you want to appear as one thing and be another? If you are a warrior then you are a warrior and if you are not a warrior then you are not a warrior. The Way of the warrior is the Way of the warrior. To be a warrior, look like a warrior and stand like a warrior. Do not be false to yourself. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
248:Efficiency and smooth progress, prudence in all matters, recognizing true courage, recognizing different levels of morale, instilling confidence, and realizing what can and cannot be reasonably expected—such are the matters on the mind of the master carpenter. The principle of martial arts is like this. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
249:Among the people also, a sailor with a rudder or oars or a farmer with a spade and a hoe each in his way succeeds in accustoming himself to his action. You too can acquire strength through regular exercise. Nonetheless, it is appropriate for each person to choose a sword that corresponds to his strength. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
250:Among the people also, a sailor with a rudder or oars or a farmer with a spade and a hoe each in his way succeeds in accustoming himself to his action. You too can acquire strength through regular exercise. Nonetheless, it is appropriate for each person to choose a sword that corresponds to his strength. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
251: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. You should not copy others, but use weapons which you can handle properly. It is bad for commanders and troopers to have likes and dislikes. These are things you must learn thoroughly. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
252:In strategy there are various timing considerations. From the outset you must know the applicable timing and the inapplicable timing, and from among the large and small things and the fast and slow timings find the relevant timing, first seeing the distance timing and the background timing. This is the main thing in strategy. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
253:If you do not chase in directly toward the place where your opponents have gathered, you will not make progress. And, if you start thinking about the direction from which your opponents will come, your mind will be waiting and you will have the same result. Parry your opponents' rhythm, know where they will crumble, and you will have the victory. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
254:Aunque os esforcéis diligentemente en vuestro propio camino día tras día, si vuestro corazón no está de acuerdo con él, aunque penséis que estáis en el buen camino, desde el punto de vista de la justicia y de la verdad, no es un auténtico camino. Si no seguís un auténtico camino hasta el final, una pequeña maldad al principio se convierte en una gran perversión. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
255:1. Do not think dishonestly. 2. The Way is in training. 3. Become acquainted with every art. 4. Know the Ways of all professions. 5. Distinguish between gain and loss in worldly matters. 6. Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything. 7. Perceive those things which cannot be seen. 8. Pay attention even to trifles. 9. Do nothing which is of no use. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
256:1. Do not think dishonestly. 2. The Way is in training. 3. Become acquainted with every art. 4. Know the Ways of all professions. 5. Distinguish between gain and loss in worldly matters. 6. Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything. 7. Perceive those things which cannot be seen. 8. Pay attention even to trifles. 9. Do nothing which is of no use. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
257:En la práctica de cada forma de vida y de cualquier trabajo, existe un estado de mente del que se dice que está desviado. Aunque os esforcéis diligentemente en vuestro propio camino día tras día, si vuestro corazón no está de acuerdo con él, aunque penséis que estáis en el buen camino, desde el punto de vista de la justicia y de la verdad, no es un auténtico camino. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
258:Aspire to be like Mt. Fuji, with such a broad and solid foundation that the strongest earthquake cannot move you, and so tall that the greatest enterprises of common men seem insignificant from your lofty perspective. With your mind as high as Mt Fuji you can see all things clearly. And you can see all the forces that shape events; not just the things happening near to you. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
259:The primary thing when you take a sword in your hands is your intention to cut the enemy, whatever the means. Whenever you parry, hit, spring, strike or touch the enemy's cutting sword, you must cut the enemy in the same movement. It is essential to attain this. If you think only of hitting, springing, striking or touching the enemy, you will not be able actually to cut him. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
260:Both in fighting and in everyday life you should be determined though calm. Meet the situation without tenseness yet not recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased. Even when your spirit is calm do not let your body relax, and when your body is relaxed do not let your spirit slacken. Do not let your spirit be influenced by your body, or your body be influenced by your spirit. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
261:Even if you strive diligently on your chosen path day after day, if your heart is not in accord with it, then even if you think you are on a good path, from the point of view of the straight and true, this is not a genuine path. If you do not pursue a genuine path to its consummation, then a little bit of crookedness in the mind will later turn into a major warp. Reflect on this. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
262:There's a very famous Miyamoto Musashi quote. "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things." The idea is once you understand what excellence is all about, whether it's in painting, or carpentry or martial arts, that you see how that excellence manifests itself in any discipline. I think that all the different things that I do enhance all the other things that I do. ~ Joe Rogan
263:Even if you strive diligently on your chosen path day after day, if your heart is not in accord with it, then even if you think you are on a good path, from the point of view of the straight and true, this is not a genuine path. If you do not pursue a genuine path to its consummation, then a little bit of crookedness in the mind will later turn into a major warp. Reflect on this. ~ Miyamoto Musashi,
264:Miyamoto Musashi won countless fights against feared opponents, even multiple opponents, in which he was swordless. In The Book of Five Rings, he notes the difference between observing and perceiving. The perceiving eye is weak, he wrote; the observing eye is strong. Musashi understood that the observing eye sees simply what is there. The perceiving eye sees more than what is there. The ~ Ryan Holiday
265:When you and your opponent are fighting and nothing is going right, nor is there progress, be of a mind to throw off your former intention and start entirely anew. Take on another rhythm and see your way to victory. With Renewal, whenever you think that you and your opponent are just grating along, you should change your mind on the spot and take the victory by using another tactic. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
266:If we look at the world we see arts for sale. Men use equipment to sell their own selves. As if with the nut and the flower, the nut has become less than the flower. In this kind of Way of strategy, both those teaching and those learning the way are concerned with coloring and showing off their technique, trying to hasten the bloom of the flower. They speak of "This Dojo" and "That Dojo". They are looking for profit. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
267:Miyamoto Musashi’s actual burial ground was in close range. According to legend he had been buried in full samurai regalia clutching his faithful sword. The last line of the translation: He died lonely. The Japanese liked loneliness. It had a different quality than our dreaded isolation. More like one with the void, alone with the Alone, no longer separate from anything. It was the final compliment to describe him this way. ~ Natalie Goldberg
268:In the construction of houses, choice of woods is made. Straight un-knotted timber of good appearance is used for the revealed pillars, straight timber with small defects is used for the inner pillars. Timbers of the finest appearance, even if a little weak, is used for the thresholds, lintels, doors, and sliding doors, and so on. Good strong timber, though it be gnarled and knotted, can always be used discreetly in construction. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
269:This is what you’re looking for. In fact, The Book of Five Rings is often placed alongside The Art of War by Sun Tzu, On War by General Carl von Clausewitz, Infantry Attacks by Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, and Patterns of Conflict by Colonel John Boyd. Each of these works has materially influenced military thinking, directly or indirectly influencing modern combat despite the fact that they were written decades or even centuries ago. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
270:Do not think dishonestly. The Way is in training. Become acquainted with every art. Know the Ways of all professions. Distinguish between gain and loss in worldly matters. Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything. Perceive those things which cannot be seen. Pay attention even to trifles. Do nothing which is of no use. It is important to start by setting these broad principles in your heart, and train in the Way of strategy. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
271:Teaching people a large number of sword techniques254 is turning the way into a business of selling goods, making beginners believe that there is something profound in their training by impressing them with a variety of techniques. This attitude toward strategy must be avoided, because thinking that there is a variety of ways of cutting a man down is evidence of a disturbed mind. In the world, different ways of cutting a man down do not exist. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
272:Es esencial pulir diligentemente el intelecto y el espíritu. Una vez que hayáis utilizado vuestro intelecto hasta el punto en el que podéis distinguir lo que es verdad y lo que no lo es en el mundo, en el que podéis decir lo que es bueno y lo que es malo, y cuando ya habéis experimentado varios dominios y ya no podéis ser engañados en absoluto por la gente, vuestro espíritu habrá quedado imbuido del conocimiento y de la sabiduría del arte de la guerra. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
273:This is the way for men who want to learn my strategy:
1. Do not think dishonestly.
2. The Way is in training.
3. Become acquainted with every art.
4. Know the Ways of all professions.
5. Distinguish between gain and loss in worldly matters.
6. Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything.
7. Perceive those things which cannot be seen.
8. Pay attention even to trifles.
9. Do nothing which is of no use. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
274:As the innocent infant relies upon the mother for sustenance, so the innocent wanderer, following his native compassion and bliss, relies upon the natural intelligence of life to sustain him. There are various Ways. There is the Way of salvation by the law of Buddha, the Way of Confucius governing the Way of learning, the Way of healing as a doctor, as a poet teaching the Way of Waka, tea, archery, and many arts and skills. Each man practices as he feels inclined. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
275:In the Way of the Martial Arts, do not let your frame of mind be any different from your everyday mind. In both everyday and military events, your mind should not change in the least, but should be broad and straightforward, neither drawn too tight nor allowed to slacken even a little....Do not let your mind stand still even when you are in repose, but do not let it speed up even when you are involved in quick actions. The mind should not be distracted by the body, nor the body distracted by the mind. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
276:En la práctica de cada forma de vida y de cualquier trabajo, existe un estado de mente del que se dice que está desviado. Aunque os esforcéis diligentemente en vuestro propio camino día tras día, si vuestro corazón no está de acuerdo con él, aunque penséis que estáis en el buen camino, desde el punto de vista de la justicia y de la verdad, no es un auténtico camino. Si no seguís un auténtico camino hasta el final, una pequeña maldad al principio se convierte en una gran perversión. Reflexionad sobre esto. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
277:Both in fighting and in everyday life you should be determined though calm. Meet the situation without tenseness yet not recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased. Even when your spirit is calm do not let your body relax, and when your body is relaxed do not let your spirit slacken. Do not let your spirit be influenced by your body, or your body be influenced by your spirit. Be neither insufficiently spirited nor over spirited. An elevated spirit is weak and a low spirit is weak. Do not let the enemy see your spirit. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
278:There is no one way to salvation, whatever the manner in which a man may proceed. All forms and variations are governed by the eternal intelligence of the Universe that enables a man to approach perfection. It may be in the arts of music and painting or it may be in commerce, law, or medicine. It may be in the study of war or the study of peace. Each is as important as any other. Spiritual enlightenment through religious meditation such as Zen or in any other way is as viable and functional as any "Way."... A person should study as they see fit. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
279:Like a soldier, the carpenter sharpens his own tools. He carries his equipment in his tool box, and works under the direction of his foreman. He makes columns and girders with an axe, shapes floorboards and shelves with a plane, cuts fine openwork and bas reliefs accurately, giving as excellent a finish as his skill will allow. This is the craft of the carpenters. When the carpenter becomes skilled, he works efficiently and according to correct measures. When he has developed practical knowledge of all the skills of the craft, he can become a foreman himself. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
280:Never fail to have this attitude of mind, go forward without hurry, learn the essence of things through frequent experiences, taking advantage of every occasion. Fight against all kinds of people and be aware of their mind. Follow a road that is a thousand leagues long one step at a time. Be without haste and be convinced that all these practices are the duty of a bushi. Be victorious today over what you were yesterday; tomorrow be victorious over your clumsiness and then also over your skill. Practice in accordance with what I have written without letting your mind deviate from the way. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
281:In strategy, your spiritual bearing must not be any different from normal. Both in fighting and in everyday life you should be determined though calm. Meet the situation without tenseness yet not recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased. Even when your spirit is calm do not let your body relax, and when your body is relaxed do not let your spirit slacken. Do not let your spirit be influenced by your body, or your body influenced by your spirit. Be neither insufficiently spirited nor over-spirited. An elevated spirit is weak and a low spirit is weak. Do not let the enemy see your spirit. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
282:The heart of Stepping on the Sword, something used principally in the martial arts, is that even with bows and firearms, you must act quickly while they are being discharged: if you charge quickly, it will be difficult to notch another arrow to a bow or discharge a firearm. In all things, when your opponent sets up a tactic, respond to it immediately according to its own principles and, stepping on his actions, defeat him...This is, therefore, the mind of taking the initiative in everything. It does not mean attacking at the same time as your opponent. Stepping on the Sword is taking your action immediately upon your opponent's action. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
283:The important thing is to polish wisdom and the mind in great detail. If you sharpen wisdom, you will understand what is just and unjust in society and also the good and the evil of this world; then you will come to know all kinds of arts and you will tread different ways. In this manner, no one in this world will succeed in deceiving you. It is after this stage that you will arrive at the wisdom of strategy. The wisdom of strategy is entirely distinct. Even right in the middle of a battle where everything is in rapid movement, it is necessary to attain the most profound principle of strategy, which assures you an immovable mind. You must examine this well. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
284:The Gaze in Strategy The gaze should be large and broad. This is the twofold gaze "Perception and Sight". Perception is strong and sight week. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things. It is important in strategy to know the enemy's sword and not to be distracted by insignificant movements of his sword. You must study this. The gaze is the same for single combat and for large-scale strategy. It is necessary in strategy to be able to look to both sides without moving the eyeballs. You cannot master this ability quickly. Learn what is written here; use this gaze in everyday life and do not vary it whatever happens. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
285:Stance in Strategy Adopt a stance with the head erect, neither hanging down, nor looking up, nor twisted. Your forehead and the space between your eyes should not be wrinkled. Do not roll your eyes nor allow them to blink, but slightly narrow them. With your features composed, keep the line of your nose straight with a feeling of slightly flaring your nostrils. Hold the line of the rear of the neck straight: instill vigor into your hairline, and in the same way from the shoulders down through your entire body. Lower both shoulders and, without the buttocks jutting out, put strength into your legs from the knees to the tips of your toes. Brace your abdomen so that you do not bend at the hips. Wedge your companion sword in your belt against your abdomen, so that your belt is not slack - this is called "wedging in". ~ Miyamoto Musashi
286:I feel confident in this assumption because between myself and my longtime students, often things happen that seem like telepathy, but it is more truthfully a relationship that has reached a maturity where words are not necessary for full communication. A quick nod in the direction of some equipment in the room and the student who has been there for years will understand it to mean, “Go get that.” The unspoken statement in that question is surmised from the context of the lesson. I don’t need to tell them precisely which piece of equipment to bring, because they already know what I am asking for. They have been around long enough to be able to add two and two together. To a beginner, it may seem like a superpower, but it is just relationship. We could and should assume the same holds true here. Not every detail needed to be spelled out. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
287:Holding the Long Sword Grip the long sword with a rather floating feeling in your thumb and forefinger, with the middle finger neither tight nor slack, and with the last two fingers tight. It is bad to have play in your hands. When you take up a sword, you must feel intent on cutting the enemy. As you cut an enemy you must not change your grip, and your hands must not "cower". When you dash the enemy's sword aside, or ward it off, or force it down, you must slightly change the feeling in your thumb and forefinger. Above all, you must be intent on cutting the enemy in the way you grip the sword. The grip for combat and for sword-testing is the same. There is no such thing as a "man-cutting grip". Generally, I dislike fixedness in both long swords and hands. Fixedness means a dead hand. Pliability is a living hand. You must bear this in mind. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
288:Accept everything just the way it is.
Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
Be detached from desire your whole life long.
Do not regret what you have done.
Never be jealous.
Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor others.
Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
In all things have no preferences.
Be indifferent to where you live.
Do not pursue the taste of good food.
Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.
Do not act following customary beliefs.
Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.
Do not fear death.
Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.
Respect God without counting on help.
You may abandon your own body, but you must preserve your honor.
Last- Never stray from the Way. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
289:What is called the spirit of the void is where there is nothing. It is not included in man's knowledge. With your spirit settled, accumulate practice day by day, and hour by hour. Polish the twofold spirit heart and mind, and sharpen the twofold gaze perception and sight. When your spirit is not in the least clouded, when the clouds of bewilderment clear away, there is the true void.Until you realise the true Way, whether in life or in common sense, you may think that things are correct and in order. However, if we look at things objectively, from the viewpoint of laws of the world, we see various doctrines departing from the true Way. Know well this spirit, and with forthrightness as the foundation and the true spirit as the Way. Enact strategy broadly, correctly and openly. Then you will come to think of things in a wide sense and, taking the void as the Way, you will see the Way as void. In the void is virtue, and no evil. Wisdom has existance, principle has existance, the Way has existance, spirit is nothingness. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
290:What is called the spirit of the void is where there is nothing. It is not included in man's knowledge. With your spirit settled, accumulate practice day by day, and hour by hour. Polish the twofold spirit heart and mind, and sharpen the twofold gaze perception and sight. When your spirit is not in the least clouded, when the clouds of bewilderment clear away, there is the true void.Until you realize the true Way, whether in life or in common sense, you may think that things are correct and in order. However, if we look at things objectively, from the viewpoint of laws of the world, we see various doctrines departing from the true Way. Know well this spirit, and with forthrightness as the foundation and the true spirit as the Way. Enact strategy broadly, correctly and openly. Then you will come to think of things in a wide sense and, taking the void as the Way, you will see the Way as void. In the void is virtue, and no evil. Wisdom has existence, principle has existence, the Way has existence, spirit is nothingness. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
291:1. Accept everything just the way it is.
2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.
6. Do not regret what you have done.
7. Never be jealous.
8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor others.
10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
11. In all things have no preferences.
12. Be indifferent to where you live.
13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.
14. Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.
15. Do not act following customary beliefs.
16. Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.
17. Do not fear death.
18. Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.
19. Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.
20. You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.
21. Never stray from the Way. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
292:The small Japanese immortal sat cross-legged, his two swords resting flat on the ground before him. He folded his hands in his lap, closed his eyes and breathing through his nose, forcing the chill night air deep into his chest. He held it for a count of five, then shaped his lips into an O and blew it out again, puncturing a tiny hole in the swirling fog before his face.
Even though he would never admit it to anyone, Niten loved this moment. He had no affection for what was to come, but this brief time, when all preparations for battle were made and there was nothing left to do but wait, when the world felt still, as if it was holding its breath, was special. This moment, when he was facing death, was when he felt completely, fully alive.
He’d still been called Miyamoto Musashi and had been a teenager when he’d first discovered the genuine beauty of the quiet moment before a fight. Every breath suddenly tasted like the finest food, every sound was distinct and divine, and even on the foulest battlefields, his eyes would be drawn to something simple and elegant: a flower, the shape of a branch, the curl of a cloud.
A hundred years ago, Aoife had given him a book as a birthday present. He hadn’t had the heart to tell her that she’d missed his birthday by a month, but he had treasured the book, the first edition of The Professor by Charlotte Bronte. It included a line he had never forgotten: In the midst of life we are in death. Years later, he’d heard Ghandi take the same words and shift them around to create something that resonated deeply within him: In the midst of death life persists. ~ Michael Scott

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