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50+ Best Miyamoto Musashi Quotes (With Images)

Japanese swordsman, philosopher, strategist, writer and rōnin – Miyamoto Musashi provides the way of strategy through his brilliant quotes.

Famous Miyamoto Musashi Quotes

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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.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“If you know the way broadly, you will see it in everything.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“The purpose of today’s training is to defeat yesterday’s understanding.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“In time, all things work to your advantage when you pursue them with an open heart.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“Too much is the same as not enough.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“In battle, if you you make your opponent flinch, you have already won.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“If the enemy thinks of the mountains, attack like the sea; and if he thinks of the sea, attack like the mountains.” – Miyamoto Musashi

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“There is timing in everything. Timing in strategy cannot be mastered without a great deal of practice.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“As far as i’m concerned, I regret nothing.” – Miyamoto Musashi

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

“Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“You win battles by knowing the enemy’s timing, and using a timing which the enemy does not expect.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“Becoming the opponent means you should put yourself in an opponent’s place and think from the opponent’s point of view.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“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.” – Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi Book Of Five Rings Quotes

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“Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.” – Miyamoto Musashi

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

“If you wish to control others, you must first control yourself.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“You can only fight the way you practice.” – Miyamoto Musashi

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“The important thing in strategy is to suppress the enemy’s useful actions, but allow his useless actions.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“The only reason a warrior is alive is to fight, and the only reason a warrior fights is to win.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“To know ten thousand things, know one well.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“If you do not control the enemy, the enemy will control you.” – Miyamoto Musashi

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“It is difficult to understand the universe if you only study one planet.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“The ultimate aim of martial arts is not having to use them.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“Know your enemy, know his sword.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye.” – Miyamoto Musashi

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

“You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.” – Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi Quotes About Truth

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“Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is. And you must bend to its power or live a lie.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“The path that leads to truth is littered with the bodies of the ignorant.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“True warriors are fierce because their training is fierce.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“This is truth: when you sacrifice your life, you must make fullest use of your weaponry. It is false not to do so, and to die with a weapon as yet undrawn.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“There are many ways of understanding simple things, but generally the opposite is true for difficult ideas.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“When your spirit is not in the least clouded, when the clouds of bewilderment clear away, there is the true void.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“A warrior has no confusion in his mind…this is true emptiness.” – Miyamoto Musashi

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“Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“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.” – Miyamoto 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.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“Speed in the martial arts is not the true Way. Concerning speed, we say that something is fast or slow depending on whether it misses the rhythm of things.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.” – Miyaomoto Musashi

Self Improvement Miyamoto Musashi Quotes

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“Anger. Control your anger. If you hold anger toward others, they have control over you. Your opponent can dominate and defeat you if you allow him to get you irritated.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“Determine that today you will overcome your self of the day before, tomorrow you will win over those of lesser skill, and later you will win over those of greater skill.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“Do not waste time idling or thinking after you have set your goals” – Miyamoto Musashi

“Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“Polish your wisdom: learn public justice, distinguish between good and evil, study the ways of different arts one by one.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“Do not act following customary beliefs.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“To become the enemy, see yourself as the enemy of the enemy” – Miyamoto Musashi

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“Be detached from your desire your whole lifelong.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“To win any battle, you must fight as if you are already dead.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“When your opponent is hurrying recklessly, you must act contrarily and keep calm. You must not be influenced by the opponent.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“Respect Buddha and the Gods without counting on their help.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“You can only fight the way you practice.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“You should not have any special fondness for a particular weapon, or anything else, for that matter. Too much is the same as not enough. Without imitating anyone else, you should have as much weaponry as suits you.” – Miyamoto Musashi

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