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A Quote by Morihei Ueshiba on aikido, swordsmanship, bushido, japan, spirituality, spiritual warrior, and the way

The penetrating brilliance of swords, wielded by followers of the Way, strikes at the evil enemy, lurking deep within, their own souls and bodies.

Morihei Ueshiba

Source: The Art of Peace

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A Quote by Shosan on zen, spiritual warrior, japan, self, others, prejudices, knowing yourself, ignorance, and delusion

Be aware of yourself and know yourself. No matter how much you have learned and how much you know, if you don't know yourself you don't know anything. Indeed, if you don't know yourself you cannot know anything else. People who don't know themselves criticize others from the point of view of their own ignorance. They consider what agrees with them to be good, and hate whatever doesn't go their way. They become irritated about everything, causing themselves to suffer by themselves, bothering themselves solely because of their own prejudices. If you know that not everyone will be agreeable to you, know that you won't be agreeable to everyone either. Those who have no prejudices in themselves do not reject people, and therefore people do not reject them.

Shosan

Source: The Japanese Art of War

Contributed by: Laurens

A Quote by Kakuzo Okakura on teaism, life, appreciation, humbleness, japan, and spirit

Those who cannot feel the littleness of great things in themselves, are apt to overlook the greatness of little things in others.

Kakuzo Okakura (1862 - 1913)

Source: The Book of Tea

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A Quote by Kakuzo Okakura on teaism, life, appreciation, humbleness, japan, and spirit

Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.

Kakuzo Okakura (1862 - 1913)

Source: The Book of Tea

Contributed by: Laurens

A Quote by Kakuzo Okakura on teaism, life, appreciation, humbleness, details, japan, and spirit

For life is an expression, our unconscious actions the constant betrayal of our innermost thought. Perhaps we reveal ourselves too much in small things because we have so little of the great to conceal. The tiny incidents of daily rouitine are as much a commentary of racial ideas as the highest flight of philosophy or poetry.

Kakuzo Okakura (1862 - 1913)

Source: The Book of Tea

Contributed by: Laurens

A Quote by Tsunetomo Yamamoto on bushido, zen, reality, falling, being at ease, blind masseuses, the way, spirituality, spiritual warrior, and japan

Once a group of ten blind masseuses were travelling together in the mountains, and when they began to pass along the top of the precipice, they all became very cautious, their legs shook, and they were in general struck with terror. Just then the leading man stumbled and fell off the cliff. Those that were left all wailed, "Ahh, ahh! How piteous!" But the masseuse who had fallen yelled up from below, "Don't be afraid. Although I fell, it was nothing. I am now rather at ease. Before falling I kept thinking 'What will I do when I fall?' and there was no end to my anxiety. But now I've settled down. If the rest of you want to be at ease, fall quickly!"

Tsunetomo Yamamoto

Source: The Hagakure

Contributed by: Laurens

A Quote by Tesshu (?) on haiku, zen, bushido, moon, water, reflection, reality, and japan

The moon does not think to be reflected, nor does the water think to reflect, in the Hirosawa Pond.

Tesshu (?)

Source: The Sword of No Sword

Contributed by: Laurens

A Quote by Akio Morita on japan, economics buy, and sell

If you don't want Japan to buy it, don't sell it.

Akio Morita

Contributed by: standalonecomplex

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