Miyamoto Musashi – Quotes of a samurai

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Known as one of the most skilled swordsman ever to have graced the earth, Miyamoto Musashi stands out not only by his fighting capabilities but by his confidence, self assurance and practical philosophy found in his „The Book of Five Rings“. Born in conflict struck feudal Japan his life of violence started early and led him on a path of mastering swordsmanship and other fighting techniques. From his first duel at the age of thirteen he is believed never to have lost a single one in his life. At later stages, after a personal revelation, Musashi gave up on violence but continued training with weapons which culminated in writing one of the most profound books on strategy and philosophy of life. Today he is a legend and his book is a classic on martial arts, self improvement and getting the right mindset. Here are some powerful inspiring quotes from his book:

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“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.”

“You must understand that there is more than one path to the top of the mountain”

“All man are the same except for their belief in their own selves, regardless of what others may think of them.” 

“If you wish to control others you must first control yourself” 

“Get beyond love and grief: exist for the good of Man.” 

“You should not have a favorite weapon. To become over-familiar with one weapon is as much a fault as not knowing it sufficiently well.”

Check out his classic The Book of Five Rings HERE.

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