June 3, 2020

The Book Of Five Rings

Miyamoto Musashi
Reading Time: 2 Minutes

Musashi On Being A Warrior

  • Warrior's should have a taste for both; pen and sword.

  • You should not have a favourite weapon, as to become over-familiar with one is as much a fault as not knowing it sufficiently well.

  • The way is in training.

  • Meet your situations without tenseness, yet not recklessly.

  • Do not let your body influence your spirit and vice-versa.

  • Do not let the enemy see your spirit.

  • You must train continually.

  • Become one with timing.

  • Always chase the enemy into bad footholds.

  • Use virtues of the place to establish influential positions.

  • When the enemy starts to collapse, you must pursue them without letting go.

  • If you attempt a technique which you have previously tried unsuccessfully and failed yet again, then you must change your attacking method.

Musashi On Leadership

  • Take into account the abilities and limitations of your people.

  • Don't ask for anything unreasonable from your people.

  • You should know the morale and spirit of your people, encouraging them when necessary.

  • When we become preoccupied with the small details, we must think about the big picture.

Musashi On Life

  • Appreciate the power of nature and understand its rhythm.

  • When you sacrifice your life, you must make the fullest use of your weaponry.

  • Everything seems confusing at first.

  • Do not think dishonestly.

  • Do nothing which is of no use.

  • Become acquainted with every art.

  • Know the way of all professions.

  • Develop intuitive judgement and understanding an of everything.

  • Perceive those things which cannot be seen.

  • You should be determined yet calm.

  • You walk a thousand-mile road step-by-step.

  • Today is victory over yourself of yesterday.

Musashi On Strategy

  • A strategy is having to know one thing, to know ten-thousand.

  • If you don't look at things at scale, it will be difficult for you to master strategy.

  • When people cannot deceive you, you will have realised the wisdom of strategy.

  • In all forms of strategy, it's essential to maintain your combat stance.

  • In strategy, it's important to see distant things are if they were close. And, to take a distanced view of close things.

  • You cannot beat a person using their method.

  • You can win quickly by taking the lead.

  • People are always under the impression that the enemy is strong, hence become cautious.

  • Put yourself in the enemy's position.

  • When you cannot see the enemy, indicate you're going to attack to discover their resources.

  • The essence of strategy is to bring about the oppositions speedy downfall.

  • Your opponent must not influence you.

  • Distinguish between gain and loss.
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