Japanese Samurai Quotes – The Way and Wisdom of the Warrior

Japanese Samurai Quotes - The Way and Wisdom of the Warrior

These 20 quotes by Japanese samurai describe parts of the warrior way of life. Deep dive into the wisdom and insights contained in the words of the samurai. The video includes quotes from some of the most renowned Japanese samurai such as Miyamoto Musashi, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu.

“Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“Honour may not win power, but it wins respect. And respect earns power.” – Ishida Mitsunari

“As a samurai, I must strengthen my character; as a human being I must perfect my spirit.” – Yamaoka Tesshu

“Be a leader, not a superior.” – Toyotomi Hideyoshi

“The world is wide, full of happenings. Keep this in mind and never believe ‘I’m the only one who knows.’” – Yamaoka Tesshu

“Accept everything just the way it is.” – Miyamoto Musashi

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

“Let thy step be slow and steady, that thou stumble not.” – Tokugawa Ieyasu

“Don’t be negligent of detail.” – Hojo Ujiyasu

“The seeds of great victory lie in minor triumphs.” – Toyotomi Hideyoshi

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

“Luck favors the bold… Act boldly at critical moments.” – Toyotomi Hideyoshi

“Arouse a bee and it will come at you with the force of a dragon.” – Takeda Shingen

“The strong manly ones in life are those who understand the meaning of the word patience.” – Tokugawa Ieyasu

“Control your anger. If you hold anger toward others, they have control over you.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“The purpose of today’s training is to defeat yesterday’s understanding.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“Conquering evil, not the opponent, is the essence of swordsmanship.” – Yagyu Munenori

“You can only fight the way you practice.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“See first with your mind, then with your eyes, and finally with your body.” – Yagyu Munenori

“Do nothing that is of no use.” – Miyamoto Musashi

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