quote by Miyamoto Musashi

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

— Miyamoto Musashi

Famous Flinch quotations

When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching - they are your family.


We each need to make peace with our own memories. We have all done things that make us flinch.

One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!

Danger -- if you meet it promptly and without flinching -- you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!

For man's only weapon is courage that flinches not from the gates of Hell itself, and against such not even the legions of Hell can stand.


Don't foul, don't flinch. Hit the line hard.

The great Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa said that to be an artist means never to avert your eyes. And that's the hardest thing, because we want to flinch. The artist must go into the white hot center of himself, and our impulse when we get there is to look away and avert our eyes.

I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer.

My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music. It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips.

Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God.

Whenever a person strives, by the help of dialectic, to start in pursuit of every reality by a simple process of reason, independent of all sensuous information -- never flinching, until by an act of the pure intelligence he has grasped the real nature of good -- he arrives at the very end of the intellectual world.


One thing the humanitarian world doesn't do well is marketing.

As a journalist, I get pitched every day by companies that have new products. Meanwhile, you have issues like clean water, literacy for girls, female empowerment. People flinch at the idea of marketing these because marketing sounds like something only companies do.

You need to understand that truth is stranger than fiction.

Listen: people are willing to swallow any old tripe as long as you say it without flinching. They want to be told stuff. And they don't want to doubt you either. It's too hard.

The first several years of my life were used to upload incredible amounts of fear, and I just became afraid of everything. I was afraid of my parents, afraid of my classmates, afraid of the streets of Washington, D.C. I would flinch at every gesture.

Do not flinch from experiences that might destroy your beliefs.

The thought you cannot think controls you more than thoughts you speak aloud. Submit yourself to ordeals and test yourself in fire. Relinquish the emotion which rests upon a mistaken belief, and seek to feel fully that emotion which fits the facts.

America has faced much more difficult times, including potential national extinction, without flinching.


I have spent much of my adult life flinching with pain as I tried to pull out the threads that bound the shadows of my past to me.

In doing your work in the great world, it is a safe plan to follow a rule I once heard on the football field: Don't flinch, don't fall; hit the line hard.

The day may dawn when fair play, love for one's fellow men, respect for justice and freedom, will enable tormented generations to march forth serene and triumphant from the hideous epoch in which we have to dwell. Meanwhile, never flinch, never weary, never despair.

Chaos claims the unwary or the incomplete.

A true man may flinch away its embrace, if he is stalwart, and he girds his soul with the armour of contempt.

A bolt of warmth, fierce with joy and pride and gratitude, flashed through me like sudden lightning. I don't care about whose DNA has recombined with whose. When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching-they are your family. And they were my heroes.


We did not flinch but gave our lives to save Greece when her fate hung on a razor's edge.

Steadying herself with both hands on the table, she managed an awkward bow.

... 'Your Highness,' she stammered, head lowered... The prince flinched and cast a glance over his shoulder before hunching toward her. 'Maybe, um...' - he pulled his fingers across his lips - 'on the Highness stuff?

The very air had screams smeared on it. He flinched from the noise in this silent room.

I peeked up at him one more time, and regretted it.

He was glaring down at me again, his black eyes full of revulsion. As I flinched away from him, shrinking against my chair, the phrase if looks could kill suddenly ran through my mind.

It's only at this age that I can say the word 'art' without flinching.


Do not yield. Do not flinch. Stand up. Stand up with our President and fight. We're Americans. We're Americans, and we'll never surrender. They will.

It is immoral to brand children with religion.

'This is a Catholic child.' 'That is a Muslim child.' I want everyone to flinch when they hear such a phrase, just as they would if they heard, 'That is a Marxist child.'

Hughes' debut novel, At Dawn, follows a former All-American wrestler, and is there any better metaphor for contemporary American life? We're all wrestling, tussling with the economy, no jobs, doing the best we can. Hughes doesn't flinch from the tough existential questions. He embraces them.

Just understand that the end began long ago We got here just in time Look All the squares in the sidewalks were already there All these strangers have more money than you do All the good riffs have been taken And everyone is so scared Murder is commonplace I don't even flinch at the gunshots outside my window I feel lonely without them

Men are made uneasy; they flinch; they cannot bear the sudden light; a general restlessness supervenes; the face of society is disturbed, or perhaps convulsed; old interests and old beliefs have been destroyed before new ones have been created. These symptoms are the precursors of revolution; they have preceded all the great changes through which the world has passed.


I'm kind of like a samurai. They say if you want to be a samurai, you can't be afraid of dying, and as soon as you flinch, you get your head cut off. I'm not afraid of losing this business.

I'm not searching for hard news; I'm not a journalist, but I'm interested in pushing to boundaries of where we can do the kind of stories that we want to do. I mean, it's a big world and CNN has made it a lot bigger and they haven't flinched.

When people say "the people" or "the public" as though it's the final repository of all morality, I sometimes flinch.

India is still flinching from a cultural insult, still looking for its identity.