Hagakure

April 15, 2018

Three favorite excerpts from the book.

I.

Everyone lets present moment slip by, then looks for it as though he thought it were somewhere else.

II.

When meeting calamities for difficult situations, it is not enough to simply say that one is not at all flustered. When meeting difficult situations, one should dash forward bravely and with joy. It is the crowwing of a single barrier and is like the saying, “The more the water, the higher the boat”.

III.

We all want to live. And in large part we make our logic according to what we like.

But not having attained our aim and continuing to live is cowardice.

This is a thin dangerous line. To die without gaining one’s aim is a dog’s death and fanaticism.

But there is no shame in this.

This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai.

If by setting one’s heart right every morning and evening, one is able to live as though his body were already dead, he gains freedom in the Way.