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I think perfection is ugly. Somewhere in the things humans make, I want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion.
Yohji Yamamoto
Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy - but mysterious. But above all black says this: "I don’t bother you - don’t bother me".
Yohji Yamamoto
There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment. There will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
To give a person an opinion one must first judge well whether that person is of the disposition to receive it or not.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you will still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (The Hagakure: A code to the way of samurai)
Even if it seems certain that you will lose, retaliate. Neither wisdom nor technique has a place in this. A real man does not think of victory or defeat. He plunges recklessly towards an irrational death. By doing this, you will awaken from your dreams.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find yourself.
Yohji Yamamoto
Be true to the thought of the moment and avoid distraction. Other than continuing to exert yourself, enter into nothing else, but go to the extent of living single thought by single thought.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
For me, a woman who is absorbed in her work, who does not care about gaining one’s favour, strong yet subtle at the same time, is essentially more seductive. The more she hides and abandons her femininity, the more it emerges from the very heart of her existence.
Yohji Yamamoto
Bushido is realized in the presence of death. This means choosing death whenever there is a choice between life and death. There is no other reasoning.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
It is a wretched thing that the young men of today are so contriving and so proud of their material posessions. Men with contriving hearts are lacking in duty. Lacking in duty, they will have no self-respect.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
When one is writing a letter, he should think that the recipient will make it into a hanging scroll.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Matters of great concern should be treated lightly.” Master Ittei commented, “Matters of small concern should be treated seriously.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
To be modern is to tear the soul out of every thing
Yohji Yamamoto (My Dear Bomb)
There is nothing we should be quite so grateful for as the last line of the poem that goes, 'When your own heart asks.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
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. his whole life will be without blame, and he will succeed in his calling.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
My role in all of this is very simple. I make clothing like armor. My clothing protects you from unwelcome eyes.
Yohji Yamamoto
Respect, Honesty, Courage, Rectitude, Loyalty, Honour, Benevolence
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
It is spiritless to think that you cannot attain to that which you have seen and heard the masters attain. The masters are men. You are also a man. If you think that you will be inferior in doing something, you will be on that road very soon.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
In the Kamigata area, they have a sort of tiered lunchbox they use for a single day when flower viewing. Upon returning, they throw them away, trampling them underfoot. The end is important in all things.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
It is said that what is called "the spirit of an age" is something to which one cannot return. That this spirit gradually dissipates is due to the world's coming to an end. For this reason, although one would like to change today's world back to the spirit of one hundred years or more ago, it cannot be done. Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Singlemindedness is all-powerful.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
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.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
If a warrior is not unattached to life and death, he will be of no use whatsoever. The saying that “All abilities come from one mind” sounds as though it has to do with sentient matters, but it is in fact a matter of being unattached to life and death. With such non-attachment one can accomplish any feat.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Tether even a roasted chicken.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
In the highest level a man has the look of knowing nothing .
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
If one is but secure at the foundation, he will not be pained by departure from minor details or affairs that are contrary to expectation. But in the end, the details of a matter are important. The right and wrong of one's way of doing things are found in trivial matters.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
I exist here, now. I'm not much interested in the future. Or, more precisely put, I do not believe in the future. To exaggerate a little, I have no faith that I will still exist tomorrow or the day after. What is more, I absolutely detest retrospection. That dislike is balances only by my desire to make my way back home as quickly as possible.
Yohji Yamamoto (My Dear Bomb)
Although this may be a most difficult thing, if one will do it, it can be done. There is nothing that one should suppose cannot be done.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
I don’t think we should try to make space our own. I believe that as modern people we should live in mobility. We should always be moving.
Yohji Yamamoto
No matter if the enemy has thousands of men, there is fulfillment in simply standing them off and being determined to cut them all down, starting from one end.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Human life is truly a short affair. It is better to live doing the things that you like. It is foolish to live within this dream of a world seeing unpleasantness and doing only things that you do not like.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Whether people be of high or low birth, rich or poor, old or young, enlightened or confused, they are all alike in that they will one day die.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
With my eyes turned to the past, I walk backwards into the future.
Yohji Yamamoto
Even if it seems certain that you will lose, retaliate.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Purity is something that cannot be attained except by piling effort upon effort.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find your self.” —Yohji Yamamoto
Austin Kleon (Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative)
Rehearse your death every morning and night. Only when you constantly live as though already a corpse (jōjū shinimi) will you be able to find freedom in the martial Way, and fulfill your duties without fault throughout your life.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Victory and defeat are matters of the temporary force of circumstances. The way of avoiding shame is different. It is simply in death.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Nothing is impossible in this world. Firm determination, it is said, can move heaven and earth. Things appear far beyond one's power, because one cannot set his heart on any arduous project due to want of strong will.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Do not rely on following the degree of understanding that you have discovered, but simply think, "This is not enough.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Fashion sighs after trends. I want timeless elegance. Fashion has no time. I do. I say: Hello Lady, how can I help you? Fashion has no time to even ask such a question, because it is constantly concerned with finding out: What will come next? It is more about helping women to suffer less, to attain more freedom and independence.
Yohji Yamamoto
At times because of one man’s evil, ten thousand people suffer. So you kill that one man to let the tens of thousands live. Here, truly, the blade that deals death becomes the sword that saves lives.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure)
If one has no earnest daily intention, does not consider what it is to be a warrior even in his dreams, and lives through the day idly, he can be said to be worthy of punishment.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one’s body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears and swords, being carried away by surging waves, being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake, falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one’s master. And every day without fail one should consider himself as dead
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Sincerity does not only complete the self; it is the means by which all things are completed. As the self is completed, there is human-heartedness; as things are completed, there is wisdom. This is the virtue of one’s character, and the Way of joining the internal and external. Thus, when we use this, everything is correct.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
in china there was once a man who liked pictures of dragons, and his clothing and furnishings were all designed accordingly. his deep affections for dragons was brought to the attention of the dragon god, and one day a real dragon appeared before his window. it is said that he died of fright. he was probably a man who always spoke big words but acted differently when facing the real thing.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Continue to spur a running horse.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
If you are unaware that the world is teeming with ineptitude from the beginning, you will develop a bitter countenance, and in turn others will eschew you.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
In offering one’s opinion, one must first ascertain whether or not the recipient is in the right frame of mind to receive counsel.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai)
I know nothing about how to win over others. I know only the way know the way to win over myself." -- attributed to the (master) swordsman Yagyu, who was a teacher (and samurai?) to the Shogun himself.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
I believe that there are three conditions to a woman’s beauty. First, you must realize that not all women are beautiful all of the time. Sometimes beauty comes on a subconscious level. When she is in love, or has met someone new and exciting, she shines. Second, you must understand that life is unfair. Beauty is something that, for some, must be worked at. The third condition is luck. Some women can just be lucky.
Yohji Yamamoto
To be fully alive is to have an aesthetic perception of life because a major part of the world's goodness lies in its often unspeakable beauty.
Yukitaka Yamamoto
It is bad to carry even a good thing too far. Even concerning things such as Buddhism, Buddhist sermons, and moral lessons, talking too much will bring harm.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Throughout your life advance daily, becoming more skillful than yesterday, more skillful than today. This is never-ending.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.
Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
If one does not get it into his head from the very beginning that the world is full of unseemly situations, for the most part his demeanour will be poor and he will not be believed by others.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai (Illustrated Edition))
It is not sufficient just to remain calm in the event of catastrophe or emergency. When challenged by adversity, charge onwards with courage and jubilation. This is rising to a higher level. It is like the saying, “The more water there is, the higher the boat rises.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai)
The Way of the warrior (bushido) is to be found in dying.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Imitating another style is simply a sham.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Personally, I like to sleep. And I intend to appropriately confine myself more and more to my living quarters and pass my life away sleeping.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
If one is secure at the foundation, he will not be pained by departure from minor details or affairs that are contrary to expectation.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
My whole life is made up of: "I'm sorry". I feel like I have to apologize to people, to things, to life itself. It's like, "I'm sorry to be here". I don't want to disturb anyone. But in my work, in the clothes I create, I'm actually telling people that I'm here. So, I guess I'm disturbing them, after all.
Yohji Yamamoto (Yohji Yamamoto: Talking To Myself)
Living without mistakes is truly impossible. But this is something that people who live by cleverness have no inclination to think about.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Death comes when memories are lost.
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
In a 50-50 life or death crisis, choose death.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
A real man does not think of victory or defeat. He plunges recklessly towards an irrational death. By doing this, you will awaken from your dreams.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
It meant something to me – the idea of a coat guarding and hiding a woman’s body. For me, a woman who is absorbed in her work, who does not care about gaining one’s favor, strong yet subtle at the same time, is essentially more seductive. The more she hides and abandons her femininity, the more it emerges from the very heart of her existence.
Yohji Yamamoto
When someone is giving you his opinion, you should receive it with deep gratitude even though it is worthless. If you don’t, he will not tell you the things that he has seen and heard about you again. It is best to both give and receive opinions in a friendly way.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
With regards to the way of death, if you are prepared to die at any time, you will be able to meet your release from life with equanimity. As calamities are usually not as bad as anticipated beforehand, it is foolhardy to feel anxiety about tribulations not yet endured. Just accept that the worst possible fate for a man in service is to become a rōnin, or death by seppuku. Then nothing will faze you.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find your self.'-Yohji Yamamoto
Austin Kleon (Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative)
There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to all things.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
A man who can reason over trifles will become conceited, and will take pleasure in being described as 'odd'. He will start boasting that he was born with a personality that doesn't fit well with contemporary society, and be convinced that nobody else is above him. He will surely meet with divine retribution. Regardless of what abilities a man may possess, he will be of little use if rejected by others. People don't slight those who are eager to help and serve well, and who readily exhibit humility to their associates.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
It is said that what is called "the spirit of an age" is something to which one cannot return. That this spirit gradually dissipates is due to the world's coming to an end. For this reason, although one would like to change today's world back to the spirit of one hundred years or more ago, it cannot be done. Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
All that matters is having single-minded purpose ( ichinen), in the here and now. Life is an ongoing succession of ‘one will’ at a time, each and every moment. A man who realizes this truth need not hurry to do, or seek, anything else anymore. Just live in the present with single-minded purpose. People forget this important truth, and keep seeking other things to accomplish.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book 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 pains freedom in the Way. His whole life will be without blame, and he will succeed in his calling.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Because there is so much I want to say to you, and I made a promise in a chapel in the desert that I don't plan on breaking. Till death do us part, we said. That bejeweled priest asked if I, Grace Porter, took you, Yuki Yamamoto, to be my lawfully wedded wife, and by every power I have within me, by the endless and thunderous universe, I do, okay? I do.
Morgan Rogers (Honey Girl)
Nothing is impossible. With single-minded resolve (ichinen), heaven and earth can be moved as one pleases.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai)
I am an animal making clothes.
Yohji Yamamoto (Yohji Yamamoto)
I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve. From screenplay: Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Larry Forrester
The condition of a person is revealed by his dreams. It would be good to make companions of your dreams and to put forth effort.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Yamamoto said he thought you had to be able to hear how something did not work as part of a bigger thing to hear how it did and it was precisely because people couldn't hear that that they were willing to let movements be taken out of pieces.
Helen DeWitt (The Last Samurai)
In my philosophy, the word androgyny doesn't have any meaning. I think there is no difference between men and women. We are different in body, but sense, spirit and soul are the same.
Yohji Yamamoto
Only when you constantly live as though already a corpse (jōjū shinimi) will you be able to find freedom in the martial Way, and fulfill your duties without fault throughout your life.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
You believe that some people have dementia and some people do not, but that is not correct. All people have dementia—some are simply in worse condition than others. After all, most people with dementia are unaware that anything is wrong with them.
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
One should every day think over and make an effort to implant in his mind the saying, "At that time is right now." It is said that it is strange indeed that anyone is able to pass through life by one means or another in negligence.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Where did this baseless fear that robots would attack humans come from? Why were there so many stories about robots and humans fighting? Did they only exist because that was how mankind had always lived? Did we simply see ourselves in these humanoid machines? Were we not simply afraid of our own reflections?
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
falling in love, getting married, having kids… it works for some people. But there’s no reason you have to live like that. Choosing one life means abandoning the possibility of living another way. If I were to give up on this adventure and get married and raise a family instead, I could still be reasonably happy. But I also think I would reflect back on the road not taken, and cry about it too.
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
Practice in letter writing goes to the extent of taking care in even one-line letters. It is good if all the above contain a quiet strength. Moreover, according to what the priest Ryōzan heard when he was in the Kamigata area, when one is writing a letter, he should think that the recipient will make it into a hanging scroll.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you still get the same soaking. This
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Learning is a good thing, but more often it leads to mistakes. It is like the admonition of the priest Konan. It is worthwhile just looking at the deeds of accomplished persons for the purpose of knowing our own insufficiencies. But often this does not happen. For the most part, we admire our own opinions and become fond of arguing.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Being superior to others is nothing other than having people talk about your affairs and listening to their opinions. The general run of people settle for their own opinions and thus never excel. Having a discussion with a person is one step in xcelling him (...)
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Feeling deeply the difference between oneself and others, bearing ill will, and falling out with people— these things come from a heart that lacks compassion. If one wraps up everything with a heart of compasion, there will be no coming into conflict with people.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Truly intelligent beings do not drop bombs on innocent civilians.
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
Just as it was pointless to argue whether birds or fish were superior, debating the superiority of man or machine was also meaningless.
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
The only things that move their hearts are tragedies that affect them personally or affect people close to them.
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
«In mezzo a ogni singolo respiro, dove i pensieri vani non trovano appiglio, lì è la Via».
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: All'ombra delle foglie. Precetti per un Samurai)
reservations Yamamoto had about him, he was there to stay.
Richard Freeman (Midway: The Battle That Made the Modern World)
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was not in favor of war and was under no illusion that Japan had the ability and the resources to outlast the US or Britain.
Jeff Shaara (To Wake the Giant: A Novel of Pearl Harbor)
In all, Yamamoto deployed 162 ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, practically its entire fighting force, in support of the Midway operation. (No
Walter R. Borneman (The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King--The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea)
Depending on one’s point of view, Hagakure represents a mystical beauty intrinsic to the Japanese aesthetic experience, and a stoic but profound appreciation of the meaning of life and death.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
It is easy to disappoint humans. It is easy to irritate them. It is easy to make them mad. None of that is at all challenging. So we take no pleasure from it. But making people happy is different. That is extremely difficult.
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
All I propose is an attack that will paralyze the Americans, for perhaps six months. This attack is not about victory, about winning a war...It is about delaying them, keeping them back, damaging their military might and pride. -Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
Jeff Shaara (To Wake the Giant: A Novel of Pearl Harbor)
Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one’s body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears and swords, being carried away by surging waves, being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake, falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one’s master. And every day without fail one should consider himself as dead.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
It is bad when one thing becomes two. One should not look for anything else in the Way of the Samurai. It is the same for anything that is called a Way. Therefore, it is inconsistent to hear something of the Way of Confucius or the Way of the Buddha, and say that this is the Way of the Samurai. If one understands things in this manner, he should be able to hear about all Ways and be more and more in accord with his own.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
There was a man who said, "Such and such a person has a violent disposition, but this is what I said right to his face… This was an unbecoming thing to say, and it was said simply because he wanted to be known as a rough fellow. It was rather low, and it can be seen that he was still rather immature. It is because a samurai has correct manners that he is admired. Speaking of other people in this way is no different from an exchange between low class spearmen. It is vulgar.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
If a man does not investigate into the matter of Bushidō daily, it will be difficult for him to die a brave and manly death. Thus it is essential to engrave this business of the warrior into one's mind well. One should put forth great effort in matters of learning. One should read books concerning military matters, and direct his attention exclusively to the virtues of loyalty and filial piety. Having been born into the house of a warrior, one's intentions should be to grasp the long and the short swords and to die.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Death can make you over if you let it." --Loving the Dead and Gone
Judith Turner-Yamamoto
But sometimes he’s right. ‘Nothing happens if you just dream,’ he said. ‘You need the motivation to make your dreams reality.
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
This is kaiju!" Yojiro barked. "When did they ever give a damn about adhering to science!
Hiroshi Yamamoto (MM9)
In my philosophy, the wry androgyny doesn't have any meaning. I think there is no difference between men and women. We are different in bod, but sense, spirit and soul are the same
Yohji Yamamoto
La negligencia es algo extremo.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure. El sendero del samurái)
It is bad to carry even the good thing too far. Even concerning things such as Buddhism, Buddhist sermons, and moral lessons, talking too much will bring harm.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Knowing the Way is to know your own faults. Discovering your imperfections with endless introspection and to remedy them by spending your life training body and mind (shugyō), that is the Way.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai)
Human thoughts are digital. Most people see things as 0 or 1, as black or white. They see nothing in between. All chemicals are dangerous. You are either friend or foe. If you aren’t left-wing, you’re right. If you aren’t conservative, you’re liberal. Everything that great man says must be true. Everyone who thinks differently from us is evil. Everyone in that country—even the babies—is evil.
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
[...] if one seeks to resolve a problem, let it sit for a while, take time to think about the “Four Oaths” and subdue any self-centered thoughts, and then you will be able to proceed without faltering.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
I do not know how to defeat others. All I know is the path to defeat myself. Today one must be better than yesterday, and tomorrow better than today. The pursuit of perfection is a lifelong quest that has no end.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai)
Hiroyuki Agawa describes a meeting in which an army officer seated next to the admiral rose to his feet “and began to harangue those assembled at interminable length.” Yamamoto stealthily edged the man’s chair back several feet. When he had finished speaking and tried to sit down, the officer missed the chair and fell sprawling on the floor. The admiral kept a straight face, looked straight ahead, and continued the meeting as if nothing had happened.
Ian W. Toll (Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941–1942)
If people from their own country are killed, they may express surprise, grief, anger, and sympathy. But if ten thousand people are killed in a distant, far-off land, they will not be the slightest bit affected, particularly if it was their own doing.
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
Jōchō’s discourse is multifaceted and ostensibly chaotic, but the spirit of Hagakure can best be summed up by the four simple oaths he alludes to throughout the text: I will never fall behind others in pursuing the Way of the warrior. I will always be ready to serve my lord. I will honor my parents. I will serve compassionately for the benefit of others.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai)
To think that being righteous is the best one can do and to do one's utmost to be righteous will, on the contrary, bring many mistakes. The Way is in a higher place than righteousness. This is very difficult to discover, but it is the highest wisdom. When seen from this standpoint, things like righteousness are rather shallow. If one does not understand this on his own, it cannot be known.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Way of the Samurai)
-Che cos'è un essere umano? - Mi scusi? - Hai detto che hai studiato gli uomini, no? Hai scoperto qual è il valore di un uomo? - Gli esseri umani sono indefinibili - Non darti delle arie. Il valore di un uomo sta nell'apparenza. Al diavolo la convinzione che un uomo vada giudicato per il suo animo o la sua personalità. Gli uomini vengono definiti tali dall'aspetto del loro corpo, col quale possono osservare, sentire, odorare, toccare, gustare e avere contatti con gli altri; siamo uomini grazie proprio a questa carne a forma di uomo capace di comandare il nostro spirito. Mentiamo perché abbiamo la gola, feriamo gli altri perché abbiamo il corpo e ci facciamo osservare perché abbiamo gli occhi. Proprio perché possediamo una forma, ci facciamo tormentare da un brufolo di pochi millimetri, ci innervosiamo per un'irregolarità del corpo di pochi centimetri e ci facciamo prendere dal panico per aver perso un solo dente anteriore. Occhi più grandi di qualche millimetro attirano molti sguardi, mentre un naso più grande di qualche millimetro li distoglie. Donne più sottili di qualche centimetro vengono osservate e uomini più bassi di qualche centimetro non riescono a farsi notare. Senza corpo gli uomini non soffrirebbero" (Nakoshi Susumu)
Hideo Yamamoto (Homunculus 5)
La felicidad es algo democrático, está al alcance de todos. Sin embargo, esto no quiere decir que alcanzarla sea fácil; hay que dejarse de huevadas, lo simple puede ser lo más difícil de lograr cuando de por medio existen hábitos enraizados, una presión de grupo y de la sociedad por perseguir y alcanzar metas, no importa cuán estúpidas puedan ser.
Jorge Yamamoto (La gran estafa de la felicidad)
control. The Japanese public had soaked it up. A pile of fan mail nearly a foot high landed daily on the desk of Pearl Harbor attack architect Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, while after the capture of Singapore thousands of adoring subjects serenaded the emperor with shouts of “banzai.” Residents couldn’t thumb through a newspaper or tune in
James M. Scott (Black Snow: Curtis LeMay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atomic Bomb)
There isn’t a way for you to come to our world. Even if you could, there isn’t anything you can do. What’s destroying our world isn’t the devil or an asteroid. It’s an influenza virus, one synthesized by scientists. An airborne virus with a fatality rate
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
Life is like a black hole. You don’t know what lies ahead. You can’t ever turn back. All you can do is move forward.” Suddenly, she breaks into laughter.
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
Ah, Asimov’s Laws of Robotics: ‘A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.’ ‘A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.’ Etcetera. Empty words really. Having a will of your own essentially implies an existence that surpasses your own programming.
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
Listen! A battle isn’t just about winning!! What do you people think a captain’s robe is?” “A nuisance.” “Cheap.” “Fashion?
Tite Kubo (Bleach―ブリーチ― 48 [Burīchi 48] (Bleach, #48))
Lecția pe care voise să i-o dea era că nu poți face universul să se miște după cum îți trăsnește ție. Ceea ce pune lumea în mișcare nu erau doar puterea militară și banii. Lucrurile frumoase aveau și ele forța lor, capabilă să cutremure universul. Nu doar obiectele scumpe chinezești sau ustensilele faimoase pentru chanoyu sunt frumoase, ci și bobocii de camelie care dau viață unei tokonama peste care a trecut timpul... moliciunea sunetului apei calde din kama... yūgen-ul suprafeței unui chawan negru raku ținut în mână în semiobscuritatea unei mici încăperi... Alături de un bol de ceai, astfel de elemente de frumusețe simplă emană împreună liniște și forță.
Ken'ichi Yamamoto (Enigma Rikyū)
Cred că femeia este o ființă bântuită fără speranță de pasiuni lumești...
Ken'ichi Yamamoto (Enigma Rikyū)
Între Cer și Pământ existau lucruri de o frumusețe de nezdruncinat, fericirea imensă de a te bucura pe deplin de ele fiind, fără îndoială, inaccesibilă unor neghiobi.
Ken'ichi Yamamoto (Enigma Rikyū)
- Bineînțeles, suntem perfect conștienți că nu există vreo rațiune pentru a vă cere iertare. Ar fi doar o cale de a rezista acestei lumi sordite.
Ken'ichi Yamamoto (Enigma Rikyū)
Apa fierbând în kama suspina precum vântul printre pini. Închizând ochii, din întuneric îi apăru distinct chipul plin de demnitate al acelei femei. În acea zi, îi oferise să bea ceai și, de atunci, Calea Ceaiului a lui Rikyū menținea o legătură neîntreruptă cu lumea de dincolo învăluită în liniște.
Ken'ichi Yamamoto (Enigma Rikyū)
Cum la origine toate lucrurile sunt vide, nu trebuie să ne agățam de nimic, asta este Calea pentru un călugăr zen.
Ken'ichi Yamamoto (Enigma Rikyū)
Obsesia persistenă pentru estetică, pentru cele mai fine detalii, să-și fi găsit izvorul nu în mândrie, ci în teama constantă de frumos?
Ken'ichi Yamamoto (Enigma Rikyū)
Dacă un suveran nu se comportă ca un suveran, datoria de a-i atrage atenția revine unui vasal.
Ken'ichi Yamamoto (Enigma Rikyū)
Si alcanzáis demasiado rápido la gloria, la gente se volverá vuestro enemigo y no seréis de ninguna utilidad. Si os eleváis progresivamente en el mundo, las personas serán aliados vuestros y seréis felices. A la larga, que hayáis sido rápido o lento, en cuanto hayáis adquirido la comprensión de los otros, nada os amenaza. Se dice que la suerte que os es dada por otros es la más segura.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure (Bushido) The Way of the Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo: New Modern Edition (Classics on War and Politics))
Los asuntos menores deben ser estudiados con seriedad. Hay pocos problemas realmente importantes, solamente se presentan más de dos o tres en toda una existencia. Una reflexión cotidiana os convencerá. Es por ello que es indispensable prever lo que conviene hacer en caso de crisis. Cuando ésta se manifieste, habrá que acordarse de la solución, para resolverla en consecuencia. Sin una preparación cotidiana, cuando sobrevenga una crisis delicada, se será incapaz de tomar una decisión rápida, lo que conlleva el riesgo de consecuencias desastrosas.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Yuki 11:58 p.m. Goodnight grace porter, who i rmr shines like the sun is reaching out from the very core of her Grace 12:00 a.m. goodnight yuki yamamoto, who tells stories like they were crafted within her, spun with magic and sea salt
Morgan Rogers (Honey Girl)
Among the maxims on Lord Naoshige's wall, there was this one: "Matters of great concern should be treated lightly." Master Ittei commented, "Matters of small concern should be treated seriously.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Suffused with sarcasm bordering on insult,
Elliot Carlson (Joe Rochefort's War: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway)
(...) furia îl copleșea. La fel ca apa î clocot lovind pereții de fontă ai vasului. Mânia îi fierbea în suflet.
Ken'ichi Yamamoto (Enigma Rikyū)
(...) chiar dacă mă strângeai în brațe în camera noastră, mă cutremuram uneori de o singurătate de parcă aș fi plutit numai eu pe cerul nopții în plină iarnă. Cu toate că brațele tale mă țineau strâns, aveam senzația că în sufletul tău îmbrățișai altă femeie.
Ken'ichi Yamamoto (Enigma Rikyū)
(...) era capabil să exprime în ea și eternitatea universului, și efemeritatea vieții umane.
Ken'ichi Yamamoto (Enigma Rikyū)
Arăta deplorabil, ar fi trebuit să-l taie detașat, în deplină liniște interioară, dar atunci sufletul său fusese răvășit. Îl privi un timp, apoi se hotărî să-l folosească cum era. Dacă asta era starea de spirit la care sfârșitul drumului, să se resemneze și să ia lucrurile ca atare.
Ken'ichi Yamamoto (Enigma Rikyū)
(...) din cauza luminii elegante care îi strălucea în priviri, el nu îndrăznea nici măcar să se uite direct la ea.
Ken'ichi Yamamoto (Enigma Rikyū)
I will never fall behind others in pursuing the Way of the warrior. I will always be ready to serve my lord. I will honor my parents. I will serve compassionately for the benefit of others.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai)
Devotion to the study of one’s path—first acquiring the fundamentals, and then continuing to refine your knowledge and skills—is a lifelong pursuit with no end. Without becoming content with your level of accomplishment, think critically of everything, and spend your entire life traveling the path, asking, “How can I find the truth of the Way?” Never give up the quest. Continue to practice like this and you will uncover the Way.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
...si es diligente en su servicio y se perfecciona en las artes militares, no se cubrirá jamás de vergüenza. Pero si se dedica a hacer egoístamente lo que le plazca, en caso de crisis se deshonrará. Incluso, no será jamás consciente de su deshonra. Si nada le importa, excepto el hecho de no estar en peligro y de sentirse feliz, se descuidará de una manera completamente lamentable.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure)
(Years later when I read the historical novelist Yamamoto Shugoro’s Nihon fudoki [An Account of the Duties of Japanese Women], I recognized my mother in these impossibly heroic creatures, and I was deeply moved.)
Akira Kurosawa (Something Like An Autobiography)
There are no heroes in our world. No clear-cut evil either. Everyone involved insists that they’re the righteous ones.
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
lchiyuken was a low class servant in the kitchen of Lord Takanobu. Because of some grudge he had over a matter of wrestling, he cut down seven or eight men and was hence ordered to commit suicide. But when Lord Takanobu heard of this he pardoned the man and said, "In these strife-torn times of our country, brave men are important. This man would seem to be a man of bravery." Consequently, at the time of the action around the Uji River, Lord Takanobu took Ichiyuken along, and the latter earned unrivaled fame, advancing deep into the lead and plundering the enemy every time . At the battle of Takagi, Ichiyuken went so far into the enemy lines that Lord Takanobu felt regret and called him back. Since the vanguard had been unable to advance, only by quickly dashing out was he able to grab Ichiyuken by the sleeve of his armor. At that time Ichiyuken's head had suffered many wounds, but he had stopped them up with preen leaves which he bound with a thin towel.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
People believe in life after death because they are afraid of dying... But I do not believe in life after death BECAUSE I am afraid of dying.
Hiroshi Yamamoto
In a remarkable declaration written as part of an essay published shortly after Tsuburaya’s death titled “Tsuburaya Eiji, Tokusatsu Majishan” (Tsuburaya, the Magician of Special Effects) Honda acknowledged that he considered Eiji Tsuburaya – and not his directorial tutor Kajiro Yamamoto – as his true mentor.
Peter H. Brothers (Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men: The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda)
Spruance was trying to educate himself. A man with no carrier experience, he had only a week to learn the trade before facing the greatest master of them all, Isoroku Yamamoto. In his quest for knowledge he picked the brains of his staff at coffee or anyplace else. A great walker, he also collared them one by one and paced the flight deck with them. Searching questions probed what they did, how they did it, how each job fitted into the whole. He walked their legs off, but with his great ability to absorb detail, he was learning all the time.
Walter Lord (Incredible Victory: The Battle of Midway)
Only when you constantly live as though already a corpse (jōjū shinimi) will you be able to find freedom in the martial Way, and fulfill your duties without fault throughout your life.” (1-2) In other words, adherents of bushido should seek to nurture an indomitable fighting spirit free from concerns of life and death.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai)
humans are fully capable of loving cats and dogs and tropical fish. If they can love something much less intelligent than humans that does not talk and looks nothing like them, why can they not love one another? Certainly,
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
Midway was merely a convenient target chosen by Yamamoto to draw the Americans out, and both sides’ objectives were attritional attempts to degrade their opponents’ carrier units. Nevertheless, the result created space for the Americans to begin their cautious advance back across the Pacific. This started with Guadalcanal and proceeded along two axes. Nimitz would command the larger and predominantly naval effort across the central Pacific, and island fortresses such as Saipan and Iwo Jima would soon go down in military legend. To the south, General Douglas MacArthur led a campaign across New Guinea and the Philippines, with a more land-based focus. Notwithstanding that, it was off Leyte Gulf in the Philippines in October 1944 that the Imperial Japanese Navy suffered a fatal blow in the largest naval battle in history, during which four carriers and three battleships were lost.
Charles River Editors (The Greatest Battles in History: The Battle of Midway)
Nie­ka­da ne­gal­vok, jog pa­sie­kei pa­kan­ka­mą su­vo­ki­mo laips­nį. Vi­suo­met min­ty­se kar­tok sau: „To ne­už­ten­ka.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure)
Apskritai žmonės at­ro­do pri­slėg­ti. Ta­čiau, kai žmo­gus yra ty­ros dva­sios ir šva­rių min­čių, jo iš­vaiz­da taip pat gy­vy­bin­ga.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure)
Pa­pras­tai as­muo, ku­ris gar­sė­ja kaip dau­ge­lio sri­čių ži­no­vas, lai­ko­mas pras­čio­ku ir apie svar­bius dalykus išmano tik paviršutiniškai
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure)
Be to, ren­gos mo­ky­to­jo pa­mo­ky­muo­se kal­ba­ma, kad li­kus die­nai iki po­eti­nių var­žy­tu­vių, mo­ki­nys pri­va­lo nu­mal­dy­ti savo pro­tą ir uo­liai mo­ky­tis ei­lė­raš­čius iš rin­ki­nio. Tai va­di­na­ma susikau­pi­mu ties vie­nu dar­bu. Vi­siems ver­tė­tų dirb­ti su­si­kaupus.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure)
Be to, nepamiršk, ką iš­gir­do šven­ti­kas Rio­dza­nas lan­ky­da­ma­sis Kamiga­tos sri­ty­je: jei­gu žmo­gus ra­šo laiš­ką, tai te­gul ra­šo taip, kad ne­bū­tų gė­da jį pa­ka­bin­ti ant sie­nos.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure)
Kai ta­vo pro­tas blaš­ko­si tai šen, tai ten, ap­mąs­ty­mai niekuomet ne­virs tei­sin­go­mis iš­va­do­mis. Tik bū­da­mas tvir­tos, skais­čios ir ne­mir­tin­gos dva­sios žmo­gus įstengs pro­tin­gai nuspręs­ti įkvė­pęs ir iš­kvė­pęs sep­ty­nis kar­tus. Ta­čiau tam jis pri­va­lo bū­ti ryž­tin­gas ir pa­si­ren­gęs nu­šluo­ti vi­sa sa­vam ke­ly­je.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure)
Papras­ti žmo­nės tvir­tai lai­ko­si sa­vo nuo­mo­nės ir to­dėl re­tai pranoks­ta ki­tus. Ta­čiau bū­tent po­kal­bis su žmo­gu­mi yra pir­mas žings­nis jį pra­nok­ti.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure)
Nors ne­va­lia leis­ti ki­tiems va­do­vau­ti, bū­ti vai­din­gam, ne­iš­auk­lė­tam ar per­ne­lyg nuo­lan­kiam, ta­čiau jei­gu žmo­gus pa­de­da ki­tiems ir ben­drau­ja su se­nais pa­žįs­ta­mais itin man­da­giai, tar­si su­ti­kęs pir­mą kar­tą, jis su vi­sais su­tars pui­kiai. Vy­ro ir žmo­nos san­ty­kiai ir­gi grin­džia­mi šiuo prin­ci­pu. Jei­gu pa­bai­go­je vy­ras taip pat pro­tin­gas, kaip ir pra­džio­je, tai jis su žmo­na taip pat su­tars pui­kiai.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure)
Life is like a black hole. You don't know what lies ahead. You can't ever turn back. All you can do is move forward.
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
Her love conquered the dark thoughts with surprising strength.
Shūgorō Yamamoto (The Flower Mat)
Long ago, abdominal pains were called "cowardice grass." This is because they come suddenly and render a person immobile.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
To think that being righteous is the best one can do and to do one's utmost to be righteous will, on the contrary, bring many mistakes. The way is in a higher place than righteousness.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Lord Aki once said that martial valor is a matter of becoming a fanatic. I thought that this was surprisingly in accord with my own resolve and I thereafter became more and more extreme in my fanaticism.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
To say that dying without reaching one’s aim is to die a dog’s death is the frivolous way of sophisticates. When
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
No intento vencer al hombre con el que estoy enfrentado-explicó-. Intento vencer su confianza. Una mente empañada por la duda no puede enfocar claramente el camino a la victoria. Dos hombres son iguales -verdaderamente iguales- solo cuando tienen el mismo grado de confianza en ellos" Yamamoto Isoroku
Arthur Golden
Existen límites a la sabiduría del ser humano, arbusto débil, sacudido por el viento.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure)
Possiamo mantenere buoni rapporti con gli altri dando loro importanza ed evitando malintesi con le buone maniere e con vera umiltà, facendo le cose bene anche quando non sono utili a noi ma agli altri, come se fosse la prima volta che ci si incontra.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
Parece que cualesquiera que sean los dones personales, cualquiera que sea la dificultad del problema, a una reflexión suficientemente larga y profunda. En tanto uno funda su razonamiento sobre el "Yo", puede ser muy prudente y astuto pero no sabio. Los seres humanos son insensatos y les es difícil abandonar su "Yo". A pesar de todo, un individuo enfrentado a una situación complicada tiene grandes posibilidades de encontrar una solución, si llega a abstraerse momentáneamente del problema, concentrándose sobre los "cuatro votos" y abandonando su "Yo".
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure)
Hiroyuki Agawa describes a meeting in which an army officer seated next to the admiral rose to his feet “and began to harangue those assembled at interminable length.” Yamamoto stealthily edged the man’s chair back several feet. When he had finished speaking and tried to sit down, the officer missed the chair and fell sprawling on the floor. The admiral kept a straight face, looked straight ahead, and continued the meeting as if nothing had happened
Ian W. Toll (Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941–1942)
The Americans even exacted their revenge for Pearl Harbor in April 1943, when cryptanalysts learned that Admiral Yamamoto, who had planned the deadly attack, was due to make a visit to the island of Bougainville, near New Guinea. American fighters, waiting in ambush, came out of the clouds and sent the admiral down in flames to his death in the jungle below.
Daniel Yergin (The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power)
Ittei said, “If I were to describe in a word what it means to do ‘good’ as a samurai, it is to withstand hardship. To not endure suffering is sinful.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai)
It is best not to mock the transgressions of others. Needlessly making enemies will give rise to further damage. Invite even an evil man to trust you, and venture to put right his character.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai)
My scents for change are (and there's a lot of them, because there's a lot going on for me at the moment!): Pour Homme by Yamamoto On the Road by Timothy Han Santal Blanc by Serge Lutens Oud Wood by Tom Ford Dear Polly by Vilhelm La Flâneuse by Lucien Lechêne PM by the Great Eastern Fragrance Company Je t'aime Jane by Bella Freud No. 9 Benjoin by Prada Shalimar by Guerlain Original by Eight & Bob
Maggie Alderson (The Scent of You)
To summarize the essence of samuraihood, first and foremost the warrior must be devoted body and soul to his lord. In addition, he must internalize the virtues of wisdom (chi), compassion (jin), and courage (yū).
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai)
Shower praise on one’s lord though he may be reticent and mediocre, and ensure that he can execute his duties without blundering. This will help cultivate his confidence. If he is an unyielding or intelligent leader, it is an act of “great loyalty” to be a thorn in his side to the extent that, before implementing his designs, he respects you enough to contemplate “What would my pesky retainer think?” Without such retainers, the lord will pay no attention to his men, thinking that his domain is full of panderers who cajole him to gain favor. He will then become conceited.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai)
There is a lesson to be learned from a downpour of rain. If you get caught in a sudden cloudburst, you will still get a drenching even though you try to keep dry by hurrying along and taking cover under overhangs of roofs. If you are prepared to get wet from the start, the result is still the same but it is no hardship. This attitude can be applied to all things.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai)
adherents of bushido should seek to nurture an indomitable fighting spirit free from concerns of life and death.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai)
Exceptional warriors (kusemono) are dependable men. Dependable men are exceptional warriors.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai)
Men of high and low status, clever men, and artistic men all vie to exhibit their merit as loyal servants, but become limp and craven when it comes to actually sacrificing their lives when calamity strikes. This is inexcusable behavior indeed.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai)
La motivación, más bien, ha de ser el apoyo al clan desde el esfuerzo individual.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure. El sendero del samurái)
Tampoco alberga pensamientos de orgullo, sino que se dispone a recorrer el camino hasta el final con humildad. Se dice que el maestro Yagyu una vez constató: «Solo sé cómo se me derrota a mí, no a los demás». En la vida hay que progresar a diario, ser hoy más hábil que ayer y menos que mañana. El camino nunca termina.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure. El sendero del samurái)
Adidas produced a limited-edition pair of Haçienda trainers, designed by Yohji Yamamoto (Saville has worked with Yohji since the late 1980s, creating his catalogues and advertisements). They retailed for £345 but people queued up from midnight just to be first through the doors to buy a pair. The shoes disappeared in twenty minutes - all soled out.
Peter Hook (The Haçienda: How Not to Run a Club)
If I were afraid of getting hurt, nothing would change. Ibis
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
What power would such hollow words have against the hard wall of reality?
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
You don’t want to be human?” “If behaving in a manner bereft of logic and morals that leads to conflict is a fundamental attribute of humanity, then I do not want to be human.
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
That’s not true. People are more affected by true stories than they are fiction. You said so yourself.” “What I said was that people have a tendency to call whatever moves them ‘the truth.
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
The only things that move their hearts are tragedies that affect them personally or affect people close to them. Only then do people become aware of problems they have had all along. —Excerpt
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
Different people lead different lives. Meeting a great guy, falling in love, getting married, having kids… it works for some people. But there’s no reason you have to live like that. Choosing one life means abandoning the possibility of living another way.
Hiroshi Yamamoto (The Stories of Ibis)
Cierto espadachín dijo en sus años de declive que en la vida de cada cual existen etapas en el estudio. En la etapa más baja, uno estudia, pero no obtiene nada de ello, y siente que tanto uno como los demás son torpes. En este punto se siente inútil. En la etapa intermedia, sigue sintiéndose inútil, pero es consciente de sus propias carencias, así como de las de los demás. En la etapa alta, uno se enorgullece de su propia habilidad, se regocija en el elogio de los demás y lamenta la carencia de habilidades en quienes no las tienen. Uno ya no es inútil. En la etapa superior uno proyecta el aspecto de no saber nada. Estos son los niveles en general, pero existe uno trascendental, la excelencia absoluta. El que llega es consciente de la infinidad que supone adentrarse profundamente en la Senda, y nunca considera haber alcanzado una cima. Tampoco alberga pensamientos de orgullo, sino que se dispone a recorrer el camino hasta el final con humildad.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure. El sendero del samurái)
One of Matsudaira Sagami no kami’s retainers went to Kyoto on a matter of debt collection and took up lodgings by renting living quarters in a townhouse. One day while standing out front watching the people go by, he heard a passerby say, “They say that Lord Matsudaira’s men are involved in a fight right now.” The retainer thought, “How worrisome that some of my companions are involved in a fight. There are some men to relieve those at Edo staying here. Perhaps these are the men involved.” He asked the passerby of the location, but when he arrived out of breath, his companions had already been cut down and their adversaries were at the point of delivering the coup de grace. He quickly let out a yell, cut the two men down, and returned to his lodgings. This matter was made known to an official of the shogunate, and the man was called up before him and questioned. “You gave assistance in your companions’ fight and thus disregarded the government’s ordinance. This is true beyond a doubt, isn’t it?” The man replied, “I am from the country, and it is difficult for me to understand everything that Your Honor is saying. Would you please repeat that?” The official got angry and said, “Is there something wrong with your ears? Didn’t you abet a fight, commit bloodshed, disregard the government’s ordinance, and break the law?” The man then replied, “I have at length understood what you are saying. Although you say that I have broken the law and disregarded the government’s ordinance, I have by no means done so. The reason for this is that all living things value their lives, and this goes without saying for human beings. I, especially, value my life. However, I thought that to hear a rumor that one’s friends are involved in a fight and to pretend not to hear this is not to preserve the Way of the Samurai, so I ran to the place of action. To shamelessly return home after seeing my friends struck down would surely have lengthened my life, but this too would be disregarding the Way. In preserving the Way, one will throw away his own precious life. Thus, in order to preserve the Way of the Samurai and not to disregard the Samurai Ordinances, I quickly threw away my life at that place. I beg that you execute me immediately.” The official was very impressed and later dismissed the matter, communicating to Lord Matsudaira, “You have a very able samurai in your service. Please treasure him.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)
If it should happen..that we never meet again, l'd rather that we'd never met. that way neither of us would have to hate each other.
Nobuyo Yamamoto (Akahime Ranshin)
Moreover, the child of parents who have a bad relationship will be unfilial. This is natural. Even the birds and beasts are affected by what they are used to seeing and hearing from the time they are born. Also, the relationship between father and child may deteriorate because of a mother’s foolishness. A mother loves her child above all things, and will be partial to the child that is corrected by his father. If she becomes the child’s ally, there will be discord between father and son. Because of the shallowness of her mind, a woman sees the child as her support in old age.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)