"It is said that the greatest warrior is the one who never has to draw his sword."
- unknown author
"A good sword is the one left in its scabbard” - Japanese proverb
"Those who talk are not prepared to act. Those that are prepared to act, do not talk, they simply do. To be in control of your actions, you must be able to distinguish between the two." -Miyamoto Musashi
"All the skills and all the swords in the world are useless if one does not have the strategy and wisdom with which to wield them." -Miyamoto Musashi
"It is a brave act of valor to condemn death, but where life is more terrible than death it is then the truest valor to dare to live." - Sir Thomas Brown
"One mind, any weapon." - Hunter B. Armstrong
“I do not love the bright sword for it's sharpness, nor the arrow for it's swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend” - JRR Tolken
"Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay it's price." - Sun Tzu
"The Ultimate Warrior leaves no openings - Except in his mind." - Seishinkan ITP
"When the Way comes to an end, then change - having changed, you pass through." - I Ching
"Use your head, or somebody else might."
"Not to borrow the strength of another, nor to rely on one's own strength; to cut off past and future thoughts, and not to live within the everyday mind... then the Great Way is right before your eyes." - Yamamoto Tsunetomo
For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill." - Sun Tzu
"Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat." - Sun Tzu
“In fighting and in everyday life you should be determined though calm. Meet the situation without tenseness yet not recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased. An elevated spirit is weak and a low spirit is weak. Do not let the enemy see your spirit.” -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
"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."
— Miyamoto Musashi (The Book of Five Rings)
"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 (The Book of Five Rings: Miyamoto Musashi)
Yet each man kills the thing he loves, By each let this be heard, Some do it with a bitter look, Some with a flattering word. The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword!”
- unknown author
Chivalry!---why, maiden, she is the nurse of pure and high affection---the stay of the oppressed, the redresser of grievances, the curb of the power of the tyrant ---Nobility were but an empty name without her, and liberty finds the best protection in her lance and her sword.” - Sir Walter Scott
“If your sword's too short, add to its length by taking one step forward.”
- unknown author
When a person does not think, "Where shall I put it?" the mind will extend throughout the entire body and move to any place at all. . . . The effort not to stop the mind in just one place - this is discipline. Not stopping the mind is object and essence. Put it nowhere and it will be everywhere. Even in moving the mind outside the body, if it is sent in one direction, it will be lacking in nine others. If the mind is not restricted to just one direction, it will be in all ten. -Takuan Soho (1573 - ?) Source: Takuan Soho in The Unfettered Mind.
No point asking when it is
No point asking whose to go
No point asking what's the game
No point asking whose to blame
cos If you're gonna die, die with your boots on....Eddie - Iron Maiden