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Top 75 Best Samurai Quotes From The Ultimate Japanese Warriors

Samurai were the hereditary military nobility and high-ranking officer caste of medieval Japan.

Samurai employ a range of weapons such as arrows, spears, and shuriken, but their main weapon and symbol is their almighty sword called Katana.

The Samurai were the warriors of premodern Japan. They later made up the ruling military class that eventually became the Edo Period's highest-ranking social caste (1603-1867).

Samurai were supposed to lead their lives according to the ethical code of Bushido. Strongly Confucian in nature, 'The Soul of Japan' strongly stressed concepts such as loyalty to one's master, self-discipline, and respectful, ethical behavior. Many Samurai were also drawn to the teachings and practices of Zen Buddhism. We've collected the best Samurai quotes here. After reading these, you may also check out our [Warrior quotes] or [Bushido quotes].

Samurai Quotes On Death, Loyalty & Learning

Here is a portion of great sayings by Samurai on death, loyalty, and learning.

1. "A samurai should always be prepared for death – whether his own or someone else’s."

- Stan Sakai.

2. "Engage in combat fully determined to die and you will be alive; wish to survive in the battle and you will surely meet death."

- Uesugi Kenshin.

3. "Where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valor to dare to live."

- Thomas Browne.

4. "Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice. The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love."

- Morihei Ueshiba.

5. "Study hard and all things can be accomplished. Give up, and you will amount to nothing."

- Yamaoka Tesshu.

'The Last Samurai' Quotes

Samurai need hard training to master the techniques of their powerful martial art and become a warrior with great heart, mind and courage.

Here are wise quotes for you on 'The Last Samurai' sayings.

6. "This is almost the most famous story The Last Samurai – Samurai story – in Japan."

- Hiroyuki Sanada.

7. "Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow is but a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day."

- Sanskrit Proverb.

8. "I don’t get over the wonder of it, and ‘The Last Samurai’ was an extreme example of that. Every day when I went to the set, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing."

- Tony Goldwyn.

9. "And against all the odds. She stood up like the last Samurai on the battleground. She raised up like high tides on the full moon. She shined up like an Alpha Centauri. She ignited like tequila on the first sip. She is fierce like the alpha of the pack. And the whole world craved for her like the water on the Mars."

- Survenya Sinnasamy.

Quotes By A Great Samurai Warrior: Musashi

Musashi is considered one of the greatest swordsmen in Japanese history. Let's have a look at a few of his quotes on life, courage, and war.

Samurai warrior training teaches us to become strong and mindful men.

10. "I choose to live by choice, not by chance."

- Miyamoto Musashi.

11. "You can only fight the way you practice."

- Miyamoto Musashi.

12. "If there isn’t discipline, how can there be a true realization of an ideal?"

- Miyamoto Musashi.

13. "One thousand days of lessons for discipline; ten thousand days of lessons for mastery."

- Miyamoto Musashi.

14. "The path that leads to truth is littered with the bodies of the ignorant."

- Miyamoto Musashi.

15. "To win any battle, you must fight as if you are already dead."

- Miyamoto Musashi.

16. "No fear, no hesitation, no surprise, no doubt."

- Miyamoto Musashi.

17. "Get beyond love and grief: exist for the good of man."

- Miyamoto Musashi.

18. "You must understand that there is more than one path to the top of the mountain."

- Miyamoto Musashi.

29. "Do nothing which is of no use."

- Miyamoto Musashi.

20. "It may seem difficult at first but everything is difficult at first."

- Miyamoto Musashi.

21. "Do not fear death."

- Miyamoto Musashi.

22. "Do not regret what you have done."

- Miyamoto Musashi.

23. "The only reason a warrior is alive is to fight, and the only reason a warrior fights is to win. Otherwise, why be a warrior? It is easier to count beads."

- Miyamoto Musashi.

Epic Samurai Quotes

Here is a collection of life-changing Samurai quotes. These sayings will inspire courage in you.

24. "Technique by itself is insufficient, and spirit alone is not enough."

- Yamada Jirokichi.

25. "A samurai was essentially a man of action."

- Inazo Nitobe.

26." I worshipped dead men for their strength, forgetting I was strong."

- Vita Sackville-West.

27. "Sword and mind must be united."

- Yamada Jirokichi.

28. "Self-respect is the fruit of discipline."

- Abraham J. Heschel.

29. "We make war that we may live in peace."

- Aristotle.

30. "The true meaning of the samurai is one who serves and adheres to the power of love."

- Morihei Ueshiba.

31. "Everyone feels fear. What a samurai or warrior is, is what you do when you feel fear."

- Enson Inoue.

32. "A samurai must remain calm at all times even in the face of danger."

- Chris Bradford.

33. "The sword was a very elegant weapon in the days of the Samurai. You had honor and chivalry much like the knights, and yet it was a gruesome and horrific weapon."

- Dustin Diamond.

34. "One mind, any weapon."

- Hunter B. Armstrong.

35. "Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men."

- Miyamoto Musashi.

Yamamoto Tsunetomo Quotes

Here is a list of Tsunetomo's sayings for you.

36. "The Four Oaths: Never be late with respect to the way of the warrior; be useful to the Lord; be respectful to your parents; get beyond love and grief: exist for the good of man."

- Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

37. "The way of the Samurai is found in death."

- Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

38. "Having only wisdom and talent is the lowest tier of usefulness."

- Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

39. "In the eyes of mercy, no one should have hateful thoughts. Feel pity for the man who is even more at fault. The area and size of mercy are limitless."

- Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

40. "Matters of small concern should be treated seriously."

- Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

41. "A samurai will use a toothpick even though he has not eaten. Inside the skin of a dog, outside the hide of a tiger."

- Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

42. "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.

43. "Singlemindedness is all-powerful."

- Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

44. "Continue to spur a running horse."

- Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

45. "The basic meaning of etiquette is to be quick at both the beginning and end and tranquil in the middle."

- Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

'The Way Of The Warrior' Quotes

You must have heard about the war of ancient times. Here is a section of quotations by some warfighters.

46. "Greatness is not the absence of humility; it is the absence of apathy."

- Erwin Raphael McManus.

47. "Wisdom is the warrior’s greatest weapon. When you have wisdom, you are never unarmed, you are never defenseless, and you are never powerless. You need the skill to know how to shoot an arrow straight, but only wisdom can teach you how to never need to shoot it."

- Erwin Raphael McManus.

48. "There will never be peace on earth until there is peace in us."

- Erwin Raphael McManus.

49. "The warrior knows that their imagination is not a place to escape but to create."

- Erwin Raphael McManus.

50. "The fool lives to consume all they can take from the world. The wise live to create a better world."

- Erwin Raphael McManus.

51. "We will never know peace if we lose the present because we are trapped in the past and paralyzed by the future."

- Erwin Raphael McManus.

52. "Our worry will steal our peace, and when peace is missing, we find ourselves drowning in anxiety and crumbling under the weight of life’s pressures."

- Erwin Raphael McManus.

53. "The warrior is always first a servant… The warrior does not serve because they cannot lead; they know that a person cannot lead if they do not serve."

- Erwin Raphael McManus.

'The Soul Of Japan' Quotes

'The Soul of Japan' quotes will tell you the real meaning of art. Here are some quotes.

54. "Knowledge becomes really such only when it is assimilated in the mind of the learner and shows in his character."

- Bushido.

55. "The sense of honor which cannot bear being looked down upon as an inferior power,—that was the strongest of motives."

- Bushido.

56. "Beneath the instinct to fight there lurks a diviner instinct to love."

- Bushido.

57. "The feeling of distress is the root of benevolence, therefore a benevolent man is ever mindful of those who are suffering and in distress."

- Bushido.

58. "Chivalry is itself the poetry of life."

- Bushido.

59. "Spiritual service, be it of priest or teacher, was not to be repaid in gold or silver, not because it was valueless but because it was invaluable."

- Bushido.

60. "Dishonor is like a scar on a tree, which time, instead of effacing, only helps to enlarge." Mencius"

- Bushido.

61. "You are to be proud of your enemy; then, the success of your enemy is your success also."

- Bushido.

62. "Human life has sorrow; They who meet must part; He that is born must die;"

- Bushido.

Samurai Quotes On Life

Combat is also a common theme in samurai sayings. This quote states, "Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men."Here are a few of the others like this.

63. "Observation and perception are two separate things; the eye that observes is stronger, the eye that perceives is weaker."

- Miyamoto Musashi.

64. "Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world."

- Miyamoto Musashi.

65. "It is good to face challenges in your youth. He who has never suffered will not sufficiently temper his character."

- Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

66. "To practice Zen or the Martial Arts, you must live intensely, wholeheartedly, without reserve - as if you might die in the next instant"

- Taisen Deshimaru.

67. "Their attitude towards life was that of those who always strive to be better, and they saw spirituality as the path to achieve greatness. "

- Inazo Nitobe.

68. "The sword was a very elegant weapon in the days of the Samurai. You had honor and chivalry much like the knights, and yet it was a gruesome and horrific weapon."    

- Dustin Diamond.

69. "Mental bearing (calmness), not skill, is the sign of a matured samurai. A Samurai, therefore, should neither be pompous nor arrogant."

- Tsukahara Bokuden.

70. "I have a high art, I hurt with cruelty those who would damage me."

- Archilocus.

71. "Master the divine techniques of the Art of Peace and no enemy will dare to challenge you."

- Ueshiba.

72. "The ultimate warrior leaves no openings - Except in his mind."

- Seishinkan ITP.

73. "The sword has to be more than a simple weapon; it has to be an answer to life's questions."  

- Miyamoto Musashi.

74. "Master the divine techniques of the Art of Peace and no enemy will dare to challenge you."

- Ueshiba.

75. "You might as well stand and fight because if you run, you will only die tired"

- Vern Jocque-Sei Shin Kan.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Samurai Quotes, then why not take a look at [Martial Arts quotes] or [Samurai Champloo quotes]?

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