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MIYAMOTO MUSASHI

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

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“Fixation is the way to death. Fluidity is the way to life.”

 

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“Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.”

 

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

 

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“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.”

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“A warrior has no confusion in his mind...This is true emptiness.”

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“You can only fight the way you practice.”

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“Too much is the same as not enough.”

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“The ultimate aim of martial arts is not having to use them.”

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“Do nothing which is of no use.”

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“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.”

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

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“There is timing in everything. Timing in strategy cannot be mastered without a great deal of practice.”

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“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.”

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“Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything.”

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“Generally speaking, the Way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death.”

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“Do not let your opponent see your spirit.”

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“If you do not look at things on a large scale, it will be difficult to master strategy.”

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“As far as I'm concerned, I regret nothing.”

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"You win battles by knowing the enemy's timing, and using a timing which the enemy does not expect."

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"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."

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

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“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.”

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"The way is in training."

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"When you cannot be deceived by men you will have realized the wisdom of strategy."

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"Strategy is the craft of the warrior."

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"Pay attention even to life's trifles."

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“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."


 

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