Written by Katrina Belcher
Thursday, 25 October 2012 23:39
The Book of Five Rings is a text on kenjutsu and the martial arts in general, It was written over three centuries ago by the most famous Samurai warrior ever, Miyamoto Musashi, circa 1645.
The book has been hailed as a limitless source of psychological insight for warrior, the modern business owner, or anyone who relies on strategy and tactics for outwitting the competition.
Some quotes attributed to Musashi:
- “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.”
- “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.”
- “Never stray from the Way.”
- “The ultimate aim of martial arts is not having to use them.”
- “Get beyond love and grief: exist for the good of Man.”
- “You must understand that there is more than one path to the top of the mountain.”
- “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.”
- “If you wish to control others you must first control yourself.”
- “You can only fight the way you practice.”
- “All men are the same except for their belief in their own selves, regardless of what others may think of them.”
- “Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men.”