40 Miyamoto Musashi Quotes (Author of A Book of Five Rings)

Miyamoto Musashi was a legendary Japanese swordsman, philosopher, and strategist. He is one of the greatest warriors in Japanese history, best known for his excellent warrior fighting techniques and his undefeated record in over sixty combat duels. Apart from his combat prowess, Musashi is also famous for writing “A Book of Five Rings” which details his fighting, leadership, and combat strategies. In honor of his legacy, we have curated the best Miyamoto Musashi quotes that reflect his profound philosophy on life, martial arts, and strategy.

Born in 1584, Musashi started his career with his first successful fight against a Samurai fighter at the age of thirteen.

With time he developed his unique style of swordsmanship, which he called “Niten-Ichi-Ryu” or “Two Heavens as One.”

Among all his legendary duels, his fight against Sasaki Kojiro on Ganryū Island is very famous, where he defeated his enemy with a handmade weapon.

Mushashi had a mastery of throwing weapons. He trained to increase his physical strength and become a strong swordsman. However, he gradually discovered that his strategic principles applied to different phases of life.

He continued to test his insights in his life-or-death sword fights and proved his theories valid by winning again and again.

Throughout his life, Mushashi believed in challenging oneself and striving for self-improvement in all areas of life. During his final years, he started engaging in Zen meditation and wrote his best-known book, The Book of Five Rings.

His teachings goes beyond the battlefield, offering deep insights into the nature of conflict, discipline, and the pursuit of excellence.

Miyamoto Musashi techniques continue to apply in modern world business and personal development, inspiring martial artists, strategists, and seekers of wisdom around the world.

Top 10 Miyamoto Musashi Quotes

  1. “Do nothing that is of no use.” — Miyamoto Musashi                

    Miyamoto Musashi Quotes
    Miyamoto Musashi Quotes
  2. “You can only fight the way you practice.” — Miyamoto Musashi            

    Quotes By Miyamoto Musashi
    Quotes By Miyamoto Musashi
  3. “Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye.” — Miyamoto Musashi   

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

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

    Best Miyamoto Musashi Quotes
    Best Miyamoto Musashi Quotes
  6. “It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first.” — Miyamoto Musashi   

    Famous Quotes From Miyamoto Musashi
    Famous Quotes From Miyamoto Musashi
  7. “In battle, if you make your opponent flinch, you have already won.” — Miyamoto Musashi  

    Top 10 Miyamoto Musashi Quotes
    Top 10 Miyamoto Musashi Quotes
  8. “You must understand that there is more than one path to the top of the mountain.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  9. 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
  10. “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

Famous Quotes by Miyamoto Musashi

  1. “Do not regret what you have done.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  2. “Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  3. “Fixation is the way to death. Fluidity is the way to life.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  4. “If you wish to control others you must first control yourself.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  5. “You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  6. “The purpose of today’s training is to defeat yesterday’s understanding.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  7. “The only reason a warrior is alive is to fight, and the only reason a warrior fights is to win” ― Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy
  8. “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
  9. 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
  10. “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

Best Miyamoto Musashi Quotes

  1. “Step by step walk the thousand-mile road.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  2. “Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  3. “Get beyond love and grief: exist for the good of Man.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  4. “True warriors are fierce because their training is fierce.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  5. “If you know the way broadly you will see it in everything.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  6. “Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.” ― Miyamoto Musashi
  7. “In time, all things work to your advantage when you pursue them with an open heart.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  8. “Do not let the body be dragged along by mind nor the mind be dragged along by the body.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  9. “All man are the same except for their belief for their own selves, regardless of what others may think of them.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  10. “See to it that you temper yourself with one thousand days of practice, and refine yourself with ten thousand days of training.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  11. “A man cannot understand the art he is studying if he only looks for the end result without taking the time to delve deeply into the reasoning of the study.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  12. “The Way of strategy is the Way of nature. When you appreciate the power of nature, knowing the rhythm of any situation, you will be able to hit the enemy naturally and strike naturally.” — Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi Quotes And Sayings

  1. “Accept everything just the way it is.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  2. “No Fear, No Hesitation, No Surprise, No Doubt.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  3. “Do not waste time idling or thinking after you have set your goals.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  4. “It is difficult to understand the universe if you only study one planet.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  5. “The path that leads to truth is littered with the bodies of the ignorant.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  6. “With your spirit open and unconstricted, look at things from a high point of view.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  7. “There is timing in everything. Timing in strategy cannot be mastered without a great deal of practice.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  8. “The important thing in strategy is to suppress the enemy’s useful actions but allow his useless actions.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  9. “Polish your wisdom: learn public justice, distinguish between good and evil, study the ways of different arts one by one.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  10. “Second is the way of the merchant. The wine maker obtains his ingredients and puts them to use to make his living. The way of the merchant is always to live by taking profit.” — Miyamoto Musashi
  11. “In fighting and in everyday life you should be calm. Meet the situation without tenseness yet not recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased. An elevated spirit is weak and a low spirit is weak. Do not let the enemy see your spirit.” — Miyamoto Musashi


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