It is bad when one thing becomes two. One should not look for anything else in the Way of the Samurai. If one understands things in this manner, he should be able to hear about all Ways and be more and more in accord with his own.
Ultimately, you must forget about technique. The further you progress, the fewer teachings there are. The Great Path is really NO PATH.
Get beyond love and grief: exist for the good of Man.
One finds life through conquering the fear of death within one's mind. Empty the mind of all forms of attachment, make a go-for-broke charge and conquer the opponent with one decisive slash.
The no-mind not-thinks no-thoughts about no-things.
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
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.
Master the divine techniques of the Art of Peace and no enemy will dare to challenge you.
The dance of battle is always played to the same impatient rhythm. What begins in a surge of violent motion is always reduced to the perfectly still.
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.
I dislike death, however, there are some things I dislike more than death. Therefore, there are times when I will not avoid danger.
I have a high art, I hurt with cruelty those who would damage me.
To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price.
We don't rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.
Some Warriors look fierce, but are mild. Some seem timid, but are vicious. Look beyond appearances; position yourself for the advantage.
Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge.
All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.
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.