The path of the Warrior is lifelong, and mastery is often simply staying on the path. – Richard Strozzi Heckler, In Search of the Warrior Spirit
My life is simple, my food is plain, and my quarters are uncluttered. In all things, I have sought clarity. I face the troubles and problems of life and death willingly. Virtue, integrity and courage are my priorities. I can be approached, but never pushed; befriended but never coerced; killed but never shamed. – Admiral Yi Sun-shin, Last letter to an old friend.
- Be loyal to your king.
- Be obedient to your parents.
- Be honorable to your friends.
- Never retreat in battle.
- Make a just kill.
– Hwarang Warrior’s Code of Conduct
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 judgment and understanding for everything
7. Percieve those things which cannot be seen.
8. Pay attention even to trifles.
9. Do nothing which is of no use.
– Musashi Miyamoto, A Book Of Five Rings (Go Rin No Sho)
Focus on your one purpose
– Japanese motto
The Way of a Warrior is based on humanity, love, and sincerity; the heart of martial valor is true bravery, wisdom, love, and friendship. Emphasis on the physical aspects of warriorship is futile, for the power of the body is always limited.
– Ueshiba Morihei, The Art Of Peace
The man who would be a warrior considers it his most basic intention to keep death always in mind, day and night, from the time he first picks up his chopsticks in celebrating his morning meal on New Year’s Day to the evening of the last day of the year. When one constantly keeps death in mind, both loyalty and filial piety are realized, myriad evils and disasters are avoided, one is without illness and mishap, and lives out a long life. In addition, even his character is improved. Such are the many benifits of this act.
–Daidoji Yuzan, Budoshoshinshu: The Warrior’s Primer (William Scott Wilson translation)
Whenever you meet difficult situations dash forward bravely and joyfully.
– Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure
Take arrows in your forehead, but never in your back.
– Samurai maxim
You can prevent your opponent from defeating you through defense, but you cannot defeat him without taking the offensive.
– Sun Tzu
The fighter is to be always single-minded with one object in view: to fight, looking neither backward nor sidewise. To go straight forward in order to crush the enemy is all that is necessary for him.
– Daisetz Suzuki
If you walk, just walk. If you sit, just sit. But whatever you do, don’t wobble.
– Master Ummon
Go to the battlefield firmly confident of victory and you will come home with no wounds whatsoever.
– Samurai general Kenshin Uesugi (1530-78)
He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
First see to it that you, yourself, are all right, then think of defeating an opponent.
– The Way of the Spear
The focused mind can pierce through stone.
– Japanese maxim
When attacking, don’t be careless.
– The Way of the Spear
Tomorrow’s battle is won during today’s practice.
– Samurai maxim
The end of our Way of the sword is to be fearless when confronting our inner enemies and our outer enemies.
– Tesshu Yamaoka, 19th century Kendo master
To fight and conquer in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy with no fight at all, that’s the highest skill.
– Sun Tsu
It’s a difficult thing to truly know your own limits and points of weakness.
A warrior must only take care that his spirit is never broken.
Don’t always think in a straight line.
– The Way of the Spear
Katte, kabuto no o o shime yo!
After victory, tighten you helmet cords!
– Samurai battle cry
I am a Shawnee. My forefathers were warriors. Their son is a warrior…From my tribe I take nothing. I am the maker of my own fortune.
Only as a warrior can one withstand the path of knowledge. A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges. – Carlos Castaneda
Whenever a warrior decides to do something, he must go all the way, but he must take responsibility for what he does. No matter what he does, he must know first why he is doing it, and then he must proceed with his actions without having doubts or remorse about them. – Carlos Castaneda
There’s no way to put a limit on what one may accomplish individually if the intent is an impeccable intent. Don Juan’s teachings are not spiritual. I repeat this because the question has come to the surface over and over. The idea of spirituality doesn’t fit with the iron discipline of a warrior. The most important thing for a shaman like don Juan is the idea of pragmatism. – Carlos Castaneda
A warrior considers himself already dead, so there is nothing to lose. The worst has already happened to him, therefore he’s clear and calm; judging him by his acts or by his words, one would never suspect that he has witnessed everything. – Carlos Castaneda
A warrior must learn to make every act count, since he is going to be here in this world for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it. – Carlos Castaneda
The two worst strategic mistakes to make are acting prematurely and letting an opportunity slip; to avoid this, the warrior treats each situation as if it were unique and never resorts to formulae, recipes or other people’s opinions. – Paulo Coelho
A warrior of light who trusts too much in his intelligence will end up underestimating the power of his opponent. – Paulo Coelho
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win. – Sun Tzu
A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity is down for good. — Thomas J. Watson, Jr.
Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level. — Max L. Forman
Contempt is the weapon of the weak and a defense against one’s own despised and unwanted feelings. — Alice Miller
Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. — Samuel Johnson
Holding on to anger only gives you tense muscles. — Joan Lunden
“The only one who can beat me is me.” – Michael Johnson
I do not know with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones. –Albert Einstein