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Miyamoto Musashi quotes on enemy


Know your enemy, know his sword. -Miyamoto Musashi

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To become the enemy, see yourself as the enemy of the enemy -Miyamoto Musashi

If you do not control the enemy, the enemy will control you -Miyamoto Musashi

If the enemy stays spirited it is difficult to crush him. -Miyamoto Musashi

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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

Approach the enemy with the attitude of defeating him without delay. -Miyamoto Musashi

If the enemy thinks of the mountains, attack like the sea; and if he thinks of the sea, attack like the mountains. -Miyamoto Musashi

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Cutting down the enemy is the way of strategy, and there is no need for many refinements of it. -Miyamoto Musashi

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

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

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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

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

In battle, if you you make your opponent flinch, you have already won. -Miyamoto Musashi

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Miyamoto Musashi quotes on strategy


Strategy is the craft of the warrior. -Miyamoto Musashi

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Immature strategy is the cause of grief”. -Miyamoto Musashi

Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is … -Miyamoto Musashi

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

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Whatever the Way, the master of strategy does not appear fast. -Miyamoto Musashi

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

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

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When you cannot be deceived by men you will have realised the wisdom of strategy. -Miyamoto Musashi

There is timing in everything. Timing in strategy cannot be mastered without a great deal of practice. -Miyamoto Musashi

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

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The important thing in strategy is to suppress the enemy’s useful actions but allow his useless actions -Miyamoto Musashi

The warrior is different in that studying the Way of strategy is based on overcoming men -Miyamoto Musashi

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

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Miyamoto Musashi quotes on spirit


When your spirit is not in the least clouded, when the clouds of bewilderment clear away, there is the true void. -Miyamoto Musashi

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Do not let your opponent see your spirit -Miyamoto Musashi

In the void is virtue, and no evil. Wisdom has existence, principle has existence, the Way has existence, spirit is nothingness. -Miyamoto Musashi

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

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In strategy it is necessary to treat training as part of normal life with your spirit unchanging. -Miyamoto Musashi

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

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

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With your spirit open and unconstricted, look at things from a high point of view. -Miyamoto Musashi

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

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

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Fixation is the way to death. Fluidity is the way to life. -Miyamoto Musashi

If you wish to control others you must first control yourself -Miyamoto Musashi

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

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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

Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love. -Miyamoto Musashi

Though you give up your life, do not give up your honor. -Miyamoto Musashi

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Miyamoto Musashi quotes on training


True warriors are fierce because their training is fierce. -Miyamoto Musashi

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The way is in training. -Miyamoto Musashi

A thousand days of training to develop, ten thousand days of training to polish. You must examine all this well. -Miyamoto Musashi

The purpose of today’s training is to defeat yesterday’s understanding. -Miyamoto Musashi

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The Way is in training… Do nothing which is not of value. -Miyamoto Musashi

See to it that you temper yourself with one thousand days of practice, and refine yourself with ten thousand days of training. -Miyamoto Musashi

You can only fight the way you practice -Miyamoto Musashi

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Miyamoto Musashi quotes on mind


A warrior has no confusion in his mind…This is true emptiness. -Miyamoto Musashi

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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

Do not let the body be dragged along by mind nor the mind be dragged along by the body -Miyamoto Musashi

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

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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. -Miyamoto Musashi

The ultimate aim of martial arts is not having to use them -Miyamoto Musashi

Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything. -Miyamoto Musashi

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Miyamoto Musashi quotes on thousand


To know ten thousand things, know one well -Miyamoto Musashi

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Miyamoto Musashi quotes on 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 bewilderment. -Miyamoto Musashi

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Miyamoto Musashi quotes on warrior


Even if a man has no natural ability, he can be a warrior. -Miyamoto Musashi

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One must make the warrior walk his everyday walk. -Miyamoto Musashi

The only reason a warrior is alive is to fight, and the only reason a warrior fights is to win -Miyamoto Musashi

Generally speaking, the Way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death. -Miyamoto Musashi

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More from Miyamoto musashi


Too much is the same as not enough. -Miyamoto Musashi

Pay attention even to life’s trifles. -Miyamoto Musashi

Never stray from the Way. -Miyamoto Musashi

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Get beyond love and grief: exist for the good of Man. -Miyamoto Musashi

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

They speak of “This Dojo” and “That Dojo”. They are looking for profit. -Miyamoto Musashi

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Do not regret what you have done -Miyamoto Musashi

Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world. -Miyamoto Musashi

Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help -Miyamoto Musashi

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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

You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour. -Miyamoto Musashi

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

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I dreamt of worldly success once. -Miyamoto Musashi

If you know the way broadly you will see it in everything. -Miyamoto Musashi

By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist. -Miyamoto Musashi

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Accept everything just the way it is. -Miyamoto Musashi

Observe their attacking order, and go to meet first those who attack first. -Miyamoto Musashi

Do not waste time idling or thinking after you have set your goals -Miyamoto Musashi

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If you fail to take advantage of your enemies’ collapse, they may recover. -Miyamoto Musashi

You must understand that there is more than one path to the top of the mountain -Miyamoto Musashi

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If you learn indoor techniques, you will think narrowly and forget the true Way. Thus you will have difficulty in actual encounters. -Miyamoto Musashi

Know that there are no other forms apart from these five in the School of the Two Swords. -Miyamoto Musashi

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

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Polish your wisdom: learn public justice, distinguish between good and evil, study the ways of different arts one by one. -Miyamoto Musashi

The path that leads to truth is littered with the bodies of the ignorant. -Miyamoto Musashi

Do not act following customary beliefs. -Miyamoto Musashi

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As far as Im concerned, I regret nothing. -Miyamoto Musashi

Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men. -Miyamoto Musashi

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

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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

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

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

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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

Become acquainted with every art. -Miyamoto Musashi

The halberd is inferior to the spear on the battlefield. With the spear you can take the initiative, the halberd is defensive. -Miyamoto Musashi

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All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this. -Miyamoto Musashi

Water adopts the shape of its receptacle, it is sometimes a trickle and sometimes a wild sea. -Miyamoto Musashi

It is difficult to understand the universe if you only study one planet -Miyamoto Musashi

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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

To win any battle, you must fight as if you are already dead -Miyamoto Musashi

No man is invincible, and therefore no man can fully understand that which would make him invincible -Miyamoto Musashi

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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

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

Consider yourself lightly; consider the world deeply. -Miyamoto Musashi

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Fixed formation is bad. Study this well. -Miyamoto Musashi

Respect the gods and Buddhas, but do not depend on them. -Miyamoto Musashi

Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye. -Miyamoto Musashi

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Do nothing which is of no use -Miyamoto Musashi

Unless you really understand others, you can hardly attain your own self-understanding. -Miyamoto Musashi

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

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No Fear, No Hesitation, No Surprise, No Doubt -Miyamoto Musashi

It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first. -Miyamoto Musashi

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

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