One must learn to see what is to be seen and to see through what others wish you to see.
Winds blow, nations change, fortunes rise and fall, but the simple folk will always be asked to shoulder the weight.
Hesitation is the seed of defeat.
Two men can brave what one man cannot.
He who has sinned against Heaven has none other to whom his prayer may be addressed.
The evildoer mourns in this world, and he mourns in the next – he mourns in both. He mourns and suffers when he sees the evil results of his own deeds
By thoughtfulness, by restraint and self-control, the wise man may make for himself an island which no flood can overwhelm
Like a beautiful flower full of color but without scent are the fair words of him who himself does not act accordingly.
Long is the night to him who is wakeful; long is the mile to him who is tired; long is life to the foolish who do not know the true law.
One’s own self is the most difficult to subdue.
Do nothing which is of no use.
Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye.
All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this.
Accept your dwelling (place or status) and living conditions.
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
Life is like unto a long journey with a heavy burden. Let thy step be slow and steady, that thou stumble not. Persuade thyself that imperfection and inconvenience are the natural lot of mortals, and there will be no room for discontent, neither for despair. When ambitious desires arise in thy heart, recall the days of extremity thou has passed through. Forbearance is the root of quietness and assurance forever. Look upon the wrath of the enemy. If thou knowest only what it is to conquer, and knowest not what it is to be defeated, woe unto thee; it will fare ill with thee. Find fault with thyself rather than with others.
One should not be envious of someone who has prospered by unjust deeds. Nor should he disdain someone who has fallen while adhering to the path of righteousness.
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.
Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay it’s price.
Focus all your energy to one point.
He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.
When you aim for perfection, you discover it’s a moving target.
The more you sweat in training, the less you will bleed in battle.
War is not about who is right, it is about who is left.
As you think, so shall you become.
Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth.
When the opponent expand, I contract, When he contracts, I expand, And when there is an opportunity, I do not hit–it hits all by itself.
Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless–like water., Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.