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
The most relaxing Miyamoto Musashi quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
No Fear, No Hesitation, No Surprise, No Doubt
Fixation is the way to death. Fluidity is the way to life.
In time, all things work to your advantage when you pursue them with an open heart.
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.
Do not think dishonestly... Distinguish between gain and loss in worldly matters. Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything. Perceive those things which cannot be seen. Pay attention even to trifles. Do nothing which is of no use.
A man cannot understand the art he is studying if he only looks for the end result without taking the time to delve deeply into the reasoning of the study.
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
There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is whithin. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.
True warriors are fierce because their training is fierce.
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.
In battle, if you you make your opponent flinch, you have already won.
Step by step walk the thousand-mile road.
Do not sleep under a roof. Carry no money or food. Go alone to places frightening to the common brand of men. Become a criminal of purpose. Be put in jail, and extricate yourself by your own wisdom.
Get beyond love and grief: exist for the good of Man.
It is difficult to understand the universe if you only study one planet
There is timing in the whole life of the warrior, in his thriving and declining, in his harmony and discord. Similarly, there is timing in the Way of the merchant, in the rise and fall of capital. All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this.
Too much is the same as not enough.
Unless you really understand others, you can hardly attain your own self-understanding.
Generally speaking, the Way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death.
Water adopts the shape of its receptacle, it is sometimes a trickle and sometimes a wild sea.
Even if a man has no natural ability, he can be a warrior.
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.
This is 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 as yet undrawn.
You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.
If you know the way broadly you will see it in everything.
...most warriors only perform tricks. The way of the warrior is filled with soul and feeling
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.
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.
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.
As far as Im concerned, I regret nothing.
In strategy your spiritual bearing must not be any different from normal.
Both 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.
Do not let your spirit be influenced by your body, or your body be influenced by your spirit. Be neither insufficiently spirited or over spirited. An elevated spirit is weak and a low spirit is weak. Do not let the enemy see your spirit.
You win battles by knowing the enemy's timing, and using a timing which the enemy does not expect.
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.
With your spirit open and unconstricted, look at things from a high point of view.
Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
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.
All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this.
If you fail to take advantage of your enemies' collapse, they may recover.
It is said the warrior's is the twofold Way of pen and sword, and he should have a taste for both Ways. Even if a man has no natural ability he can be a warrior by sticking assiduously to both divisions of the Way.
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.
The important thing in strategy is to suppress the enemy's useful actions but allow his useless actions
Also by training you will be able to freely control your own body, conquer men with your body, and with sufficient training you will be able to beat ten men with your spirit. When you have reached this point, will it not mean that you are invincible?
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.
In the void is virtue, and no evil. Wisdom has existence, principle has existence, the Way has existence, spirit is nothingness.
If you do not look at things on a large scale, it will be difficult to master strategy.
When your spirit is not in the least clouded, when the clouds of bewilderment clear away, there is the true void.
No man is invincible, and therefore no man can fully understand that which would make him invincible
Fourthly, the way of the artisan. The way of the carpenter is to become proficient in the use of his tools, first to lay his plans with true measure and then perform his work according to plan. Thus he passes through life.
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.
Cutting down the enemy is the way of strategy, and there is no need for many refinements of it.