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1:Continue to spur a running horse. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
2:Singlemindedness is all-powerful. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
3:The end is important in all things. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
4:In a 50-50 life or death crisis, choose death. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
5:Even if it seems certain that you will lose, retaliate. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
6:In the highest level a man has the look of knowing nothing . ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
7:Having only wisdom and talent is the lowest tier of usefulness. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
8:One should make his decisions within the space of seven breaths. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
9:Purity is something that cannot be attained except by piling effort upon effort. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
10:To desire with one’s very soul every second of every day to accomplish one’s aim. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
11:If you are slain in battle, you should be resolved to have your corpse facing the enemy. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
12:Even if one's head were to be suddenly cut off, he should be able to do one more action with certainty. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
13:A warrior is worthless unless he rises above others and stands strong in the midst of a storm. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo, 1659-1719,
14:There will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
15:To give a person an opinion one must first judge well whether that person is of the disposition to receive it or not. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
16:Throughout your life advance daily, becoming more skillful than yesterday, more skillful than today. This is never-ending. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
17:urage and jubilation. This is rising to a higher level. It is like the saying, “The more water there is, the higher the boat rises. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
18: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
19:No matter if the enemy has thousands of men, there is fulfillment in simply standing them off and being determined to cut them all down, starting from one end. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
20:If one has no earnest daily intention, does not consider what it is to be a warrior even in his dreams, and lives through the day idly, he can be said to be worthy of punishment. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
21: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,
22:Not to borrow the strength of another, nor to rely on one's own strength; to cut off past and future thoughts, and not to live within the everyday mind... then the Great Way is right before your eyes. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
23: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
24: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
25:Lord Naoshige said, The Way of the Samurai is in desperateness. Ten men or more cannot kill such a man. Common sense will not accomplish such things. Simply become insane and desperate.
   ~ HAGAKURE: THE BOOK OF THE SAMURAI, YAMAMOTO TSUNETOMO, 1650 1720,
26: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 ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,

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1:Tether even a roasted chicken. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
2:La negligencia es algo extremo. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
3:All abilities come from one mind ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
4:Continue to spur a running horse. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
5:Singlemindedness is all-powerful. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
6:The deepest love is often hidden. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
7:Continue to spur a running horse. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
8:Singlemindedness is all-powerful. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
9:The end is important in all things. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
10:The end is important in all things. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
11:Imitating another style is simply a sham. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
12:The way of the Samurai is found in death. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
13:In a 50-50 life or death crisis, choose death. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
14:In a 50-50 life or death crisis, choose death. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
15:Matters of small concern should be treated seriously. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
16:Even if it seems certain that you will lose, retaliate. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
17:Even if it seems certain that you will lose, retaliate. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
18:The Way of the warrior (bushido) is to be found in dying. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
19:In the highest level a man has the look of knowing nothing . ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
20:In the highest level a man has the look of knowing nothing . ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
21:It is difficult for a fool's habits to change to selflessness. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
22:Having only wisdom and talent is the lowest tier of usefulness. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
23:Having only wisdom and talent is the lowest tier of usefulness. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
24:One should make his decisions within the space of seven breaths. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
25:One should make his decisions within the space of seven breaths. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
26:Respect, Honesty, Courage, Rectitude, Loyalty, Honour, Benevolence ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
27:By being impatient, matters are damaged and great works cannot be done ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
28:As everything in this world is but a sham, Death is the only sincerity. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
29:By bringing shame to a person, how could one expect to make him a better man? ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
30:Purity is something that cannot be attained except by piling effort upon effort. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
31:La motivación, más bien, ha de ser el apoyo al clan desde el esfuerzo individual. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
32:Purity is something that cannot be attained except by piling effort upon effort. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
33:To desire with one’s very soul every second of every day to accomplish one’s aim. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
34:Common sense will not accomplish great things. Simply become insane and desperate. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
35:To desire with one’s very soul every second of every day to accomplish one’s aim. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
36:There are few people who will make mistakes with fire after having once been burned. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
37:Existen límites a la sabiduría del ser humano, arbusto débil, sacudido por el viento. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
38:Human life is truly a short affair. It is better to live doing the things that you like. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
39:If you are slain in battle, you should be resolved to have your corpse facing the enemy. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
40:If you are slain in battle, you should be resolved to have your corpse facing the enemy. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
41:«In mezzo a ogni singolo respiro, dove i pensieri vani non trovano appiglio, lì è la Via». ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
42:Light matters should be dealt with seriously. Serious matters should be dealt with lightly. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
43:A warrior is worthless unless he rises above others and stands strong in the midst of a storm. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
44:When confronted with two alternatives, life and death, one is to choose death without hesitation. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
45:A real man does not think of victory or defeat. He plunges recklessly towards an irrational death. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
46:When one is writing a letter, he should think that the recipient will make it into a hanging scroll. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
47:Even if one's head were to be suddenly cut off, he should be able to do one more action with certainty. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
48:The basic meaning of etiquette is to be quick at both the beginning and end and tranquil in the middle. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
49:Even if one's head were to be suddenly cut off, he should be able to do one more action with certainty. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
50:Everyone lets the present moment slip by, then looks for it as though he thought it were somewhere else. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
51:As long as people overlook matters, then inferiors can, without any fear, lead an easy and peaceful life. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
52:A warrior is worthless unless he rises above others and stands strong in the midst of a storm. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo, 1659-1719,
53:Go ahead and gamble a lie. A person who will not tell you seven lies within a hundred yards is useless as a man. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
54:To say that dying without reaching one’s aim is to die a dog’s death is the frivolous way of sophisticates. When ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
55:By inconsistency and frivolity we stray from the Way and show ourselves to be beginners. In this we do much harm. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
56:A person who is discreet in speaking will be useful during the good times and will avoid punishment during the bad. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
57:A samurai will use a toothpick even though he has not eaten. Inside the skin of a dog, outside the hide of a tiger. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
58:There will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
59:Looking comparatively at the good things, you will see that they are not excluded from wisdom, humanity and bravery. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
60:Do not rely on following the degree of understanding that you have discovered, but simply think, "This is not enough. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
61:To give a person an opinion one must first judge well whether that person is of the disposition to receive it or not. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
62:There is nothing we should be quite so grateful for as the last line of the poem that goes, 'When your own heart asks. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
63:To give a person an opinion one must first judge well whether that person is of the disposition to receive it or not. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
64:You cannot tell whether a person is good or bad by his vicissitudes in life. Good and bad fortune are matters of fate. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
65:Long ago, abdominal pains were called "cowardice grass." This is because they come suddenly and render a person immobile. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
66:The person who practices an art is an artist, not a samurai, and one should have the intention of being called a samurai. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
67:Throughout your life advance daily, becoming more skillful than yesterday, more skillful than today. This is never-ending. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
68:Nie­ka­da ne­gal­vok, jog pa­sie­kei pa­kan­ka­mą su­vo­ki­mo laips­nį. Vi­suo­met min­ty­se kar­tok sau: „To ne­už­ten­ka. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
69:Throughout your life advance daily, becoming more skillful than yesterday, more skillful than today. This is never-ending. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
70:If one thinks only of winning, a sordid victory will be worse than a defeat. For the most part, it becomes a squalid defeat. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
71:The condition of a person is revealed by his dreams. It would be good to make companions of your dreams and to put forth effort. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
72:In offering one’s opinion, one must first ascertain whether or not the recipient is in the right frame of mind to receive counsel. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
73:Matters of great concern should be treated lightly.” Master Ittei commented, “Matters of small concern should be treated seriously. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
74:urage and jubilation. This is rising to a higher level. It is like the saying, “The more water there is, the higher the boat rises. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
75:If one is secure at the foundation, he will not be pained by departure from minor details or affairs that are contrary to expectation. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
76:The saying 'the arts aid the body' is for samurai of other regions. For samurai of the Nabeshima clan the arts bring ruin to the body. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
77:Victory and defeat are matters of the temporary force of circumstances. The way of avoiding shame is different. It is simply in death. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
78: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
79:Apskritai žmonės at­ro­do pri­slėg­ti. Ta­čiau, kai žmo­gus yra ty­ros dva­sios ir šva­rių min­čių, jo iš­vaiz­da taip pat gy­vy­bin­ga. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
80:Living without mistakes is truly impossible. But this is something that people who live by cleverness have no inclination to think about. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
81:There is not a man who does not get senile by the time he reaches sixty. And when one thinks that he will not be senile, he is already so. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
82:Personally, I like to sleep. And I intend to appropriately confine myself more and more to my living quarters and pass my life away sleeping. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
83: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
84: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
85: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
86: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
87:Pa­pras­tai as­muo, ku­ris gar­sė­ja kaip dau­ge­lio sri­čių ži­no­vas, lai­ko­mas pras­čio­ku ir apie svar­bius dalykus išmano tik paviršutiniškai ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
88:In the eyes of mercy, no one should have hateful thoughts. Feel pity for the man who is even more at fault. The area and size of mercy is limitless. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
89: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
90:Bushido is realised in the presence of death. In the case of having to choose between life and death you should choose death. There is no other reasoning. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
91:I have found that the Way of the samurai is death. This means that when you are compelled to choose between life and death, you must quickly choose death. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
92:It is better to have some unhappiness while one is still young, for if a person does not experience some bitterness, his disposition will not settle down. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
93: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
94:It is bad to carry even a good thing too far. Even concerning things such as Buddhism, Buddhist sermons, and moral lessons, talking too much will bring harm. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
95:It is bad to carry even the good thing too far. Even concerning things such as Buddhism, Buddhist sermons, and moral lessons, talking too much will bring harm. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
96:No matter if the enemy has thousands of men, there is fulfillment in simply standing them off and being determined to cut them all down, starting from one end. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
97:No matter if the enemy has thousands of men, there is fulfillment in simply standing them off and being determined to cut them all down, starting from one end. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
98:One should be wary of talking on end about such subjects as learning, morality or folklore in front of elders or people of rank. It is disagreeable to listen to. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
99:Papras­ti žmo­nės tvir­tai lai­ko­si sa­vo nuo­mo­nės ir to­dėl re­tai pranoks­ta ki­tus. Ta­čiau bū­tent po­kal­bis su žmo­gu­mi yra pir­mas žings­nis jį pra­nok­ti. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
100:A warrior should not say something fainthearted, even casually. He should set his mind to this beforehand. Even in trifling matters the depths of one's heart can be seen. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
101:It is said that one should not hesitate to correct himself when he has made a mistake. If he corrects himself without the least bit of delay, his mistakes will disappear. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
102:An affected laugh shows lack of self-respect in a man and lewdness in a woman. It is carelessness to go about with one's hands inside the slits in the sides of his hakama. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
103:It is better not to become acquainted with men about whom you have formerly had doubts. No matter what you do, they will be people by whom you will be tripped up or taken in. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
104:The Four Oaths: Never be late with respect to the way of the warrior; be useful to the lord; be respectful to your parents; get beyond love and grief: exist for the good of man. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
105:If one has no earnest daily intention, does not consider what it is to be a warrior even in his dreams, and lives through the day idly, he can be said to be worthy of punishment. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
106:If one has no earnest daily intention, does not consider what it is to be a warrior even in his dreams, and lives through the day idly, he can be said to be worthy of punishment. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
107:Covetousness, anger and foolishness are things to sort out well. When bad things happen in the world, if you look at them comparatively, they are not unrelated to these three things. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
108: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
109:To think that being righteous is the best one can do and to do one's utmost to be righteous will, on the contrary, bring many mistakes. The way is in a higher place than righteousness. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
110:The heart of a virtuous person has settled down and he does not rush about at things. A person of little merit is not at peace but walks about making trouble and is in conflict with all. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
111:When delivering something like an important letter or other written materials, grasp it firmly in your hand as you go and do not release it once, but hand it over directly to the recipient. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
112: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
113: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
114: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
115:Be to, nepamiršk, ką iš­gir­do šven­ti­kas Rio­dza­nas lan­ky­da­ma­sis Kamiga­tos sri­ty­je: jei­gu žmo­gus ra­šo laiš­ką, tai te­gul ra­šo taip, kad ne­bū­tų gė­da jį pa­ka­bin­ti ant sie­nos. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
116:There is one transcending level, and this is the most excellent of all. This person is aware of the endlessness of entering deeply into a certain Way and never thinks of himself as having finished. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
117: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
118: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,
119:Not to borrow the strength of another, nor to rely on one's own strength; to cut off past and future thoughts, and not to live within the everyday mind... then the Great Way is right before your eyes. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
120:When someone is giving you his opinion, you should receive it with deep gratitude even though it is worthless. If you don't, he will not tell you the things that he has seen and heard about you again. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
121:[...] if one seeks to resolve a problem, let it sit for a while, take time to think about the “Four Oaths” and subdue any self-centered thoughts, and then you will be able to proceed without faltering. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
122:Not to borrow the strength of another, nor to rely on one's own strength; to cut off past and future thoughts, and not to live within the everyday mind... then the Great Way is right before your eyes. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
123: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
124:Human life is truly a short affair. It is better to live doing the things that you like. It is foolish to live within this dream of a world seeing unpleasantness and doing only things that you do not like. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
125:If a retainer will just think about what he is to do for the day at hand, he will be able to do anything. If it is a single day's work, one should be able to put up with it. Tomorrow, too is but a single day. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
126:I know nothing about how to win over others. I know only the way know the way to win over myself."

-- attributed to the (master) swordsman Yagyu, who was a teacher (and samurai?) to the Shogun himself. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
127: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
128: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
129:It is a principle of the art of war that one should simply lay down his life and strike. If one's opponent also does the same, it is a even match. Defeating one's opponent is then a matter of faith and destiny. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
130: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
131: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
132:If by setting one's heart right every morning and evening, one is able to live as though his body were already dead, he pains freedom in the Way. His whole life will be without blame, and he will succeed in his calling. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
133:It is a good viewpoint to see the world as a dream. When you have something like a nightmare, you will wake up and tell yourself that it was only a dream. It is said that the world we live in is not a bit different from this. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
134:All of man’s work is a bloody business. That fact, today, is considered foolish, affairs are finished cleverly with words alone, and jobs that require effort are avoided. I would like young men to have some understanding of this. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
135: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
136:It is bad when one thing becomes two. One should not look for anything else in the Way of the Samurai. If one understands things in this manner, he should be able to hear about all Ways and be more and more in accord with his own. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
137:One should every day think over and make an effort to implant in his mind the saying, "At that time is right now." It is said that it is strange indeed that anyone is able to pass through life by one means or another in negligence. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
138:Lord Naoshige said, The Way of the Samurai is in desperateness. Ten men or more cannot kill such a man. Common sense will not accomplish such things. Simply become insane and desperate.
   ~ HAGAKURE: THE BOOK OF THE SAMURAI, YAMAMOTO TSUNETOMO, 1650 1720,
139:When something out of the ordinary happens, it is ridiculous to say that it is a mystery or a portent of something to come... the mystery is created in (their) minds, and by waiting for disaster, it is from their very minds that it occurs. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
140: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
141:Possiamo mantenere buoni rapporti con gli altri dando loro importanza ed evitando malintesi con le buone maniere e con vera umiltà, facendo le cose bene anche quando non sono utili a noi ma agli altri, come se fosse la prima volta che ci si incontra. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
142: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
143: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
144:Being superior to others is nothing other than having people talk about your affairs and listening to their opinions. The general run of people settle for their own opinions and thus never excel. Having a discussion with a person is one step in xcelling him (...) ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
145:Feeling deeply the difference between oneself and others, bearing ill will, and falling out with people— these things come from a heart that lacks compassion. If one wraps up everything with a heart of compasion, there will be no coming into conflict with people. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
146:When someone is giving you his opinion, you should receive it with deep gratitude even though it is worthless. If you don’t, he will not tell you the things that he has seen and heard about you again. It is best to both give and receive opinions in a friendly way. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
147:It is not sufficient just to remain calm in the event of catastrophe or emergency. When challenged by adversity, charge onwards with courage and jubilation. This is rising to a higher level. It is like the saying, “The more water there is, the higher the boat rises. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
148: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
149: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
150: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
151:Be to, ren­gos mo­ky­to­jo pa­mo­ky­muo­se kal­ba­ma, kad li­kus die­nai iki po­eti­nių var­žy­tu­vių, mo­ki­nys pri­va­lo nu­mal­dy­ti savo pro­tą ir uo­liai mo­ky­tis ei­lė­raš­čius iš rin­ki­nio. Tai va­di­na­ma susikau­pi­mu ties vie­nu dar­bu. Vi­siems ver­tė­tų dirb­ti su­si­kaupus. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
152:Our bodies are given life from the midst of nothingness. Existing where there is nothing is the meaning of the phrase, "Form is emptiness." That all things are provided for by nothingness is the meaning of the phrase, "Emptiness is form." One should not think that these are two seperate things. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
153: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
154:One must know the so-called 'lesson of a downpour. A man, caught in a sudden rain en route, dashes along the road not to get wet or drenched. Once one takes it for granted that in rain he naturally gets wet, he can be in a tranquil frame of mind even when soaked to the skin. This lesson applies to everything. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
155:Tampoco alberga pensamientos de orgullo, sino que se dispone a recorrer el camino hasta el final con humildad. Se dice que el maestro Yagyu una vez constató: «Solo sé cómo se me derrota a mí, no a los demás». En la vida hay que progresar a diario, ser hoy más hábil que ayer y menos que mañana. El camino nunca termina. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
156: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.” (1-2) In other words, adherents of bushido should seek to nurture an indomitable fighting spirit free from concerns of life and death. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
157: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
158:Practice in letter writing goes to the extent of taking care in even one-line letters. It is good if all the above contain a quiet strength. Moreover, according to what the priest Ryōzan heard when he was in the Kamigata area, when one is writing a letter, he should think that the recipient will make it into a hanging scroll. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
159: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 still get the same soaking. This ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
160:Learning is a good thing, but more often it leads to mistakes. It is like the admonition of the priest Konan. It is worthwhile just looking at the deeds of accomplished persons for the purpose of knowing our own insufficiencies. But often this does not happen. For the most part, we admire our own opinions and become fond of arguing. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
161:Kai ta­vo pro­tas blaš­ko­si tai šen, tai ten, ap­mąs­ty­mai niekuomet ne­virs tei­sin­go­mis iš­va­do­mis. Tik bū­da­mas tvir­tos, skais­čios ir ne­mir­tin­gos dva­sios žmo­gus įstengs pro­tin­gai nuspręs­ti įkvė­pęs ir iš­kvė­pęs sep­ty­nis kar­tus. Ta­čiau tam jis pri­va­lo bū­ti ryž­tin­gas ir pa­si­ren­gęs nu­šluo­ti vi­sa sa­vam ke­ly­je. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
162:Jōchō’s discourse is multifaceted and ostensibly chaotic, but the spirit of Hagakure can best be summed up by the four simple oaths he alludes to throughout the text: I will never fall behind others in pursuing the Way of the warrior. I will always be ready to serve my lord. I will honor my parents. I will serve compassionately for the benefit of others. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
163:When one has made a decision to kill a person, even if it will be very difficult to succeed by advancing straight ahead, it will not do to think about going at it in a long roundabout way. One's heart may slacken, he may miss his chance, and by and large there will be no success. The Way of the Samurai is one of immediacy, and it is best to dash in headlong. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
164: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 still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to all things. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
165: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
166: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
167:All that matters is having single-minded purpose ( ichinen), in the here and now. Life is an ongoing succession of ‘one will’ at a time, each and every moment. A man who realizes this truth need not hurry to do, or seek, anything else anymore. Just live in the present with single-minded purpose. People forget this important truth, and keep seeking other things to accomplish. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
168:What is called generosity is really compassion. In the Shin'ei it is written "Seen from the eye of compassion, there is noone to be disliked. One who has sinned is to be pitied all the more." There is no limit to the breadth and depth of ones heart. There is room enough for all. That we still worship the sages of the three ancient kingdoms is because their compassion reaches us yet today. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
169:In China there was once a man who liked pictures of dragons, and his clothing and furnishings were all designed accordingly. His deep affection for dragons was brought to the attention of the dragon god, and onde day a real dragon appeared before his window. It is said that he died of fright. He was probably a man who always spoke big words but acted differently when facing the real thing. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
170:in china there was once a man who liked pictures of dragons, and his clothing and furnishings were all designed accordingly. his deep affections for dragons was brought to the attention of the dragon god, and one day a real dragon appeared before his window. it is said that he died of fright. he was probably a man who always spoke big words but acted differently when facing the real thing. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
171:To think that being righteous is the best one can do and to do one's utmost to be righteous will, on the contrary, bring many mistakes. The Way is in a higher place than righteousness. This is very difficult to discover, but it is the highest wisdom. When seen from this standpoint, things like righteousness are rather shallow. If one does not understand this on his own, it cannot be known. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
172: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
173:Calculating people are contemptable. The reason for this is that calculation deals with loss and gain, and the loss and gain mind never stops. Death is considered loss and life is considered gain. Thus, death is something that such a person does not care for, and he is contemptable. Furthermore, scholars and their like are men who with wit and speech hide their own true cowardice and greed. People often misjudge this. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
174:It is bad when one thing becomes two. One should not look for anything else in the Way of the Samurai. It is the same for anything that is called a Way. Therefore, it is inconsistent to hear something of the Way of Confucius or the Way of the Buddha, and say that this is the Way of the Samurai. If one understands things in this manner, he should be able to hear about all Ways and be more and more in accord with his own. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
175:Everyone lets the present moment slip by, then looks for it as though he thought it was somewhere else. No one seems to have noticed this fact. But grasping this firmly, one must pile experience upon experience. And once one has come to this understanding he will be a different person from that point on, though he may not always bare it in mind. When one understands this settling into single-mindedness well, his affairs will thin out. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
176:It is not good to settle into a set of opinions. It is a mistake to put forth effort and obtain some understanding and then stop at that. At first putting forth great effort to be sure that you have grasped the basics, then practicing so that they may come to fruition is something that will never stop for your whole lifetime. Do not rely on following the degree of understanding that you have discovered, but simply think, "This is not enough." ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
177:Nors ne­va­lia leis­ti ki­tiems va­do­vau­ti, bū­ti vai­din­gam, ne­iš­auk­lė­tam ar per­ne­lyg nuo­lan­kiam, ta­čiau jei­gu žmo­gus pa­de­da ki­tiems ir ben­drau­ja su se­nais pa­žįs­ta­mais itin man­da­giai, tar­si su­ti­kęs pir­mą kar­tą, jis su vi­sais su­tars pui­kiai. Vy­ro ir žmo­nos san­ty­kiai ir­gi grin­džia­mi šiuo prin­ci­pu. Jei­gu pa­bai­go­je vy­ras taip pat pro­tin­gas, kaip ir pra­džio­je, tai jis su žmo­na taip pat su­tars pui­kiai. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
178:There was a man who said, "Such and such a person has a violent disposition, but this is what I said right to his face… This was an unbecoming thing to say, and it was said simply because he wanted to be known as a rough fellow. It was rather low, and it can be seen that he was still rather immature. It is because a samurai has correct manners that he is admired. Speaking of other people in this way is no different from an exchange between low class spearmen. It is vulgar. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
179: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 ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
180: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 ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo,
181:If a man does not investigate into the matter of Bushidō daily, it will be difficult for him to die a brave and manly death. Thus it is essential to engrave this business of the warrior into one's mind well. One should put forth great effort in matters of learning. One should read books concerning military matters, and direct his attention exclusively to the virtues of loyalty and filial piety. Having been born into the house of a warrior, one's intentions should be to grasp the long and the short swords and to die. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
182: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
183: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. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
184:Parece que cualesquiera que sean los dones personales, cualquiera que sea la dificultad del problema, a una reflexión suficientemente larga y profunda. En tanto uno funda su razonamiento sobre el "Yo", puede ser muy prudente y astuto pero no sabio. Los seres humanos son insensatos y les es difícil abandonar su "Yo". A pesar de todo, un individuo enfrentado a una situación complicada tiene grandes posibilidades de encontrar una solución, si llega a abstraerse momentáneamente del problema, concentrándose sobre los "cuatro votos" y abandonando su "Yo". ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
185:Moreover, the child of parents who have a bad relationship will be unfilial. This is natural. Even the birds and beasts are affected by what they are used to seeing and hearing from the time they are born. Also, the relationship between father and child may deteriorate because of a mother’s foolishness. A mother loves her child above all things, and will be partial to the child that is corrected by his father. If she becomes the child’s ally, there will be discord between father and son. Because of the shallowness of her mind, a woman sees the child as her support in old age. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
186:Cierto espadachín dijo en sus años de declive que en la vida de cada cual existen etapas en el estudio. En la etapa más baja, uno estudia, pero no obtiene nada de ello, y siente que tanto uno como los demás son torpes. En este punto se siente inútil. En la etapa intermedia, sigue sintiéndose inútil, pero es consciente de sus propias carencias, así como de las de los demás. En la etapa alta, uno se enorgullece de su propia habilidad, se regocija en el elogio de los demás y lamenta la carencia de habilidades en quienes no las tienen. Uno ya no es inútil. En la etapa superior uno proyecta el aspecto de no saber nada. Estos son los niveles en general, pero existe uno trascendental, la excelencia absoluta. El que llega es consciente de la infinidad que supone adentrarse profundamente en la Senda, y nunca considera haber alcanzado una cima. Tampoco alberga pensamientos de orgullo, sino que se dispone a recorrer el camino hasta el final con humildad. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
187:One of Matsudaira Sagami no kami’s retainers went to Kyoto on a matter of debt collection and took up lodgings by renting living quarters in a townhouse. One day while standing out front watching the people go by, he heard a passerby say, “They say that Lord Matsudaira’s men are involved in a fight right now.” The retainer thought, “How worrisome that some of my companions are involved in a fight. There are some men to relieve those at Edo staying here. Perhaps these are the men involved.” He asked the passerby of the location, but when he arrived out of breath, his companions had already been cut down and their adversaries were at the point of delivering the coup de grace. He quickly let out a yell, cut the two men down, and returned to his lodgings. This matter was made known to an official of the shogunate, and the man was called up before him and questioned. “You gave assistance in your companions’ fight and thus disregarded the government’s ordinance. This is true beyond a doubt, isn’t it?” The man replied, “I am from the country, and it is difficult for me to understand everything that Your Honor is saying. Would you please repeat that?” The official got angry and said, “Is there something wrong with your ears? Didn’t you abet a fight, commit bloodshed, disregard the government’s ordinance, and break the law?” The man then replied, “I have at length understood what you are saying. Although you say that I have broken the law and disregarded the government’s ordinance, I have by no means done so. The reason for this is that all living things value their lives, and this goes without saying for human beings. I, especially, value my life. However, I thought that to hear a rumor that one’s friends are involved in a fight and to pretend not to hear this is not to preserve the Way of the Samurai, so I ran to the place of action. To shamelessly return home after seeing my friends struck down would surely have lengthened my life, but this too would be disregarding the Way. In preserving the Way, one will throw away his own precious life. Thus, in order to preserve the Way of the Samurai and not to disregard the Samurai Ordinances, I quickly threw away my life at that place. I beg that you execute me immediately.” The official was very impressed and later dismissed the matter, communicating to Lord Matsudaira, “You have a very able samurai in your service. Please treasure him. ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo

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