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"Self-respect is the fruit of discipline." - Abraham J. Heschel 

"I worshipped dead men for their strength, forgetting I was strong." - Vita Sackville-West 

"Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength." - Frances de Sales 

"Where do you begin? Perfect is a good place to start. We must always focus on improving things that are already perfect." - J. Viol

"We make war that we may live in peace." - Aristotle

"To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace." - General George Washington

"He Who Knows Others Is Wise. He Who Knows Himself Is Enlightened." - Tao Te Ching

"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's Chief Physician

"Fear is the true opiate of combat."

"To a real warrior, power perceived may be power achieved."

"Given enough time, any man may master the physical. With enough knowledge, any man may become wise. It is the true warrior who can master both....and surpass the result." - Tien T'ai

"Act like a man of thought - Think like a man of action." - Thomas Mann

"It is a brave act of valor to condemn death, but where life is more terrible than death it is then the truest valor to dare to live." - Sir Thomas Brown

"Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it." - Buddha .

"Vive la mort, vive la guerre, vive le sacre mercenaire." ("Long live death, long live war, long live the cursed mercenary.") - Mercenary marching cadence and toast.

"One mind, any weapon." - Hunter B. Armstrong

"Civilize the mind but make savage the body." - Chairman Mao

"Unless you do your best, the day will come when, tired and hungry, you will halt just short of the goal you were ordered to reach, and  by halting you will make useless the efforts and deaths of thousands." - Gen. George S. Patton

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"I seek not only to follow in the footsteps of the men of old, I seek the things they sought."

"That which doesn't kill me, will make me stronger!"

"We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level
of our training"

"I have a high art, I hurt with cruelty those who would damage me." - Archilocus, 650 B.C.

"You must concentrate upon and consecrate yourself wholly to each day, as though a fire were raging in your hair." - Taisen Deshimaru

"The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer."

"True strength is the flower of Wisdom, but its seed is action."

"Some Warriors look fierce, but are mild. Some seem timid, but are vicious. Look beyond appearances; position yourself for the advantage. - Deng Ming-Dao

"Only a warrior chooses pacifism; others are condemned to it."

"I dislike death, however, there are some things I dislike more than death. Therefore, there are times when I will not avoid danger." - Mencius

"Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay it's price." - Sun Tzu

"It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop." - Confucius

"Mental bearing (calmness), not skill, is the sign of a matured samurai. A Samurai therefore should neither be pompous nor arrogant." - Tsukahara Bokuden.

"The flower of flowers is the Sakura - Cherry Blossom. The Samurai is the man among men." - Japanese proverb

"War is not about who is right, it is about who is left."

"Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole body and soul can be a true master.  For this reason, mastery demands all of a person."

"Talk is easy - ACTION is difficult. Action is easy - TRUE UNDERSTANDING is difficult!"

"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." - Togo Shigekata.

"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." - Yagyu Jubei

"You might as well stand and fight because if you run,  you will only die tired" - Vern Jocque - Sei Shin Kan.

"It is easy to kill someone with a slash of a sword. It is hard to be impossible for others to cut down" - Yagyu Munenori

"When the World is at Peace, a gentleman keeps his Sword by his side." - Wu Tsu

"Master the divine techniques of the Art of Peace and no enemy will dare to challenge you." - Ueshiba

"It is the very mind itself that leads the mind astray; Of   the mind, Do not be mindless."

"In the beginners mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few" - Suzuki

"To practice Zen or the Martial Arts, you must live intensely, wholeheartedly, without reserve - as if you might die in the next instant" - Taisen Deshimaru

"The Ultimate Warrior leaves no openings - Except in his mind." - Seishinkan ITP

"When the Way comes to an end, then change - having changed, you pass through." - I Ching

"The more you sweat in training, the less you will bleed in battle." - Motto of Navy Seals

"The Way lies at hand yet it is sought afar off; the thing lies in the easy yet it is sought in the difficult." - Mencius

"To think, "I will not think" - This, too, is something in one's thoughts. Simply do not think about not thinking at all." - Takuan

"Use your head, or somebody else might."

"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." - Sun Tzu

"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." - Yamamoto Tsunetomo

"SHUCHU RYOKU - Focus all your energy to one point." - Shioda Gozo

"Ultimately, you must forget about technique. The further you progress, the fewer teachings there are. The Great Path is really NO PATH." - Ueshiba Morihei

"When you aim for perfection, you discover it's a moving target." - Unknown

"The no-mind not-thinks no-thoughts about no-things." - The Buddha

"Victory goes to the one who has no thought of himself."- Shinkage School of Swordsmanship

"JIU YOKU GO O SEI SURU - Flexibility Masters Hardness"

"See first with your mind, then with your eyes, and finally with your body" - Yagyu Munenori

"Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself" - Chinese Proverb

"When the student is ready, the Master appears." - Buddhist Proverb

"Be master OF mind rather than mastered BY mind" - Zen Saying

"All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved." - Sun Tzu

"All warfare is based on deception." - Sun Tzu

"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." - Sun Tzu

"He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious." - Sun Tzu

"He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious." - Sun Tzu

"Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting." - Sun Tzu

"If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril." - Sun Tzu

"If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near." - Sun Tzu

"If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles." - Sun Tzu

"Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack." - Sun Tzu

"Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories." - Sun Tzu

"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." - Sun Tzu

"Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance." - Sun Tzu

"Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat." - Sun Tzu

"The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy." - Sun Tzu

"Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy." - Sun Tzu

"Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win." - Sun Tzu


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