Without Knowledge, Skill cannot be focused. Without Skill, Strength cannot be brought to bear and without Strength, Knowledge may not be applied.— Alexander The Great
Cheering Way Of The Warrior quotations
It’s time to put away our fairytales, all of them, and assume our responsibilities, the adult responsibilities that begin with adult knowledge. Our planet needs us. She needs us to think like healers and act like warriors. And if you think that’s a contradiction, then get out of the way.
To be a warrior is not a simple matter of wishing to be one.
It is rather an endless struggle that will go on to the very last moment of our lives. Nobody is born a warrior, in exactly the same way that nobody is born an average man. We make ourselves into one or the other.
I have a high art, I hurt with cruelty those who would damage me.
Civilize the mind but make savage the body.
Life has three rules: Paradox, Humor, and Change.
- Paradox: Life is a mystery; don't waste your time trying to figure it out. - Humor: Keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure - Change: Know that nothing ever stays the same.
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.
The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood.
It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter – it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.
Generally speaking, the Way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death.
A woman is a warrior too. But she is meant to be a warrior in a uniquely feminine way. Sometime before the sorrows of life did their best to kill it in us, most young women wanted to be a part of something grand, something important.
If you know the way broadly you will see it in everything.
Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price.
...most warriors only perform tricks. The way of the warrior is filled with soul and feeling
everyone tells you what's good for you.
they don't want you to find your own answers. they want you to believe theirs.
Mental bearing (calmness), not skill, is the sign of a matured samurai.
A Samurai therefore should neither be pompous nor arrogant.
A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does
In times of uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call; a common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country and the American people, and to protect their way of life. I am that man.
Stress happens when your mind resists what is.
..The only problem in your life is your mind's resistance to life as it unfolds.
War is mankind's most tragic and stupid folly;
to seek or advise its deliberate provocation is a black crime against all men. Though you follow the trade of the warrior, you do so in the spirit of Washington - not of Genghis Khan. For Americans, only threat to our way of life justifies resort to conflict.
It is the very mind itself that leads the mind astray - of the mind, do not be mindless
To practice Zen or the Martial Arts, you must live intensely, wholeheartedly, without reserve - as if you might die in the next instant
Cast off limiting thoughts and return to true emptiness.
Stand in the midst of the great void. This is the secret of the Way of a Warrior.
You must concentrate upon and consecrate yourself wholly to each day, as though a fire were raging in your hair.
The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for.
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.
I dislike death, however, there are some things I dislike more than death.
Therefore, there are times when I will not avoid danger.
The no-mind not-thinks no-thoughts about no-things.
Some Warriors look fierce, but are mild.
Some seem timid, but are vicious. Look beyond appearances; position yourself for the advantage.
See first with your mind, then with your eyes, and finally with your body.
Master the divine techniques of the Art of Peace and no enemy will dare to challenge you.
The boys of my people began very young to learn the ways of men, and no one taught us; we just learned by doing what we saw, and we were warriors at a time when boys now are like girls.
The Way of a Warrior is to establish harmony.
The Way of the warrior does not include other ways, such as Confucianism, Buddhism, certain traditions, artistic accomplishments, and dancing. But even though these are not part of the Way, if you know the Way broadly, you will see it in everything.
The real Art of Peace is not to sacrifice a single one of your warriors to defeat an enemy. Vanquish your foes by always keeping yourself in a safe and unassailable position; then no one will suffer any losses. The Way of a Warrior, the Art of Politics, is to stop trouble before it starts. It consists in defeating your adversaries spiritually by making them realize the folly of their actions. The Way of a Warrior is to establish harmony.
The undisturbed mind is like the calm body water reflecting the brilliance of the moon. Empty the mind and you will realize the undisturbed mind.