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13 Samurai principles

Samurai Business

1. Dedicate yourself to a purpose beyond power, control or earning money.

2. Develop yourself to the benefit of the world around you.

3. If you encounter a problem: change it, accept it or leave it.

4. Stay connected to yourself and the enviro­nment under any kind of pressure.

5. Take a close view of distant things and a distant view of close things.

6. Balance careful planning with creative and flexible execution.

7. Don’t fight inevitable develo­pments.

8. Be respec­tful, yet clear and sharp.

9. Reflect without judging.

10. Look fear in the eyes while doing what you think is right and necessary.

11. Inspire people and celebrate successes with gratitude, not arrogance.

12. Be helpful and generous, yet choose the people around you wisely.

13. Take care of yourself and those around you.

Bushido Code: The Eight Virtues of the Samurai

1. Rectitude or Justice
2. Courage
3. Benevo­lence or Mercy
4. Politeness
5. Honesty and Sincerity
6. Honor
7. Loyalty
8. Character and Self-C­ontrol

Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

“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.”

“Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world”

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

“Do nothing that is of no use”

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

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

“from one thing, know ten thousand things”

“It is difficult to understand the universe if you only study one planet”

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

“You can only fight the way you practice”

“Get beyond love and grief: exist for the Good of Man.”

“Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men.”

“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.”

“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.”

“If you do not control the enemy, the enemy will control you”

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

“The only reason a warrior is alive is to fight, and the only reason a warrior fights is to win”

“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.”

“To know ten thousand things, know one well”

“Respect Buddha and the Gods without counting on their help”

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

“Know your enemy, know his sword.”

“The important thing in strategy is to suppress the enemy's useful actions but allow his useless actions”

“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.”

“To become the enemy, see yourself as the enemy of the enemy”

“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.”

“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.”

“No man is invinc­ible, and therefore no man can fully understand that which would make him invinc­ible”

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