65 Samurai Quotes On Success In Life

These Samurai quotes will inspire you. Samurai were the hereditary military nobility and officer caste of medieval and early-modern Japan from the late 12th century to their abolition in 1876.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging Samurai quotes, Samurai sayings, and Samurai proverbs.

Best Samurai Quotes

  1. “Honour may not win power, but it wins respect. And respect earns power.” ~ Ishida Mitsunari
  2. “A warrior is worthless unless he rises above others and stands strong in the midst of a storm.” ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
  3. “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
  4. “Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price.” ~ Sun Tzu

  5. “Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world” ~ Miyamoto Musashi
  6. “See first with your mind, then with your eyes, and finally with your body.” ~ Yagyu Munenori
  7. “We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” ~ Archilochus
  8. “Without Knowledge, Skill cannot be focused. Without Skill, Strength cannot be brought to bear and without Strength, Knowledge may not be applied.” ~ Alexander the Great

  9. “The Samurai always has to rise and move on, because new challenges will come.” ~ Lyoto Machida
  10. “I’m not a fighter, but in my mind, I’m fighting every day. ‘What’s new? What am I doing?’ I’m fighting myself. My soul is samurai. My roots aren’t samurai, but my soul is.” ~ Masaharu Morimoto
  11. “Civilize the mind but make savage the body.” ~ Mao Zedong
  12. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ~ Confucius

  13. “Master the divine techniques of the Art of Peace and no enemy will dare to challenge you.” ~ Morihei Ueshiba
  14. “The way of the Samurai is found in death.” ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
  15. “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” ~ Sun Tzu
  16. “Get beyond love and grief: exist for the good of Man.” ~ Miyamoto Musashi

  17. “The uncomfort zone is very important for us… To feel uncomfortable is important to strengthen your spirit. Like the samurai says, if you feel comfortable you must search for the discomfort, don’t look only for the easy way.” ~ Lyoto Machida
  18. “As a samurai, I must strengthen my character; as a human being I must perfect my spirit” ~ Yamaoka Tesshu
  19. “The undisturbed mind is like the calm body water reflecting the brilliance of the moon. Empty the mind and you will realize the undisturbed mind.” ~ Yagyu Jubei Mitsuyoshi
  20. “Some Warriors look fierce but are mild. Some seem timid but are vicious. Look beyond appearances; position yourself for the advantage.” ~ Ming-Dao Deng

  21. “The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one and it would not be a wasted life.” ~ Ken Watanabe
  22. “Mental bearing (calmness), not skill, is the sign of a matured samurai. A Samurai, therefore, should neither be pompous nor arrogant.” ~ Tsukahara Bokuden
  23. “A samurai should always be prepared for death – whether his own or someone else’s.” ~ Stan Sakai
  24. “If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.” ~ Sun Tzu

  25. “My mentality is like a samurai they used to train every day, work on their technique to make themselves better, almost perfect, perfection is impossible but every day you get closer and that’s what I want. Every day I want to get better than I was the day before. I want to use every second of my life, every time I have in my life to make me a better fighter. It’s more than a job it’s a way of living.” ~ Georges St-Pierre
  26. “The dance of battle is always played to the same impatient rhythm. What begins in a surge of violent motion is always reduced to the perfectly still.” ~ Sun Tzu , Samurai quotes patience
  27. “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.” ~ Nabeshima Naoshige
  28. “Where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valor to dare to live.” ~ Thomas Browne

  29. “Everyone feels fear. What a samurai or warrior is, is what you do when you feel fear.” ~ Enson Inoue , Samurai quotes on fear
  30. “The Samurai is the first to suffer anxiety for human society, and he is the last to seek personal pleasure.” ~ Morihei Ueshiba
  31. “Ultimately, you must forget about technique. The further you progress, the fewer teachings there are. The Great Path is really NO PATH.” ~ Morihei Ueshiba
  32. “It’s actually the samurai spirit, which is ‘no fear and never give up.” ~ Enson Inoue

  33. “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
  34. “One finds life through conquering the fear of death within one’s mind. Empty the mind of all forms of attachment, make a go-for-broke charge and conquer the opponent with one decisive slash.” ~ Takenaka Shigekata
  35. “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” ~ Sun Tzu , Samurai quotes on war
  36. “Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.” ~ Sun Tzu

  37. “Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason, mastery demands all of a person.” ~ Albert Einstein
  38. “The no-mind not-thinks no-thoughts about no-things.” ~ Gautama Buddha
  39. “A samurai must remain calm at all times even in the face of danger.” ~ Chris Bradford
  40. “I dislike death, however, there are some things I dislike more than death. Therefore, there are times when I will not avoid danger.” ~ Mencius

  41. “I have a high art, I hurt with cruelty those who would damage me.” ~ Archilochus
  42. “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
  43. “It is the very mind itself that leads the mind astray – of the mind, do not be mindless” ~ Takuan Soho
  44. “A hug from a samurai girl is warmer than a heap of blankets and more meaningful than a pile of words.” ~ Sandy Fussell

  45. “Never quit, you have to resist to the utmost. ‘Til you drop, like a Samurai” ~ Carlson Gracie
  46. “Once the will is resolved, one’s spirit is strengthened. Even a peasant’s will is hard to deny, but a samurai of resolute will can sway ten thou­sand men.” ~ Yoshida Shoin
  47. “He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not will be victorious.” ~ Sun Tzu
  48. “My mentality is that of a samurai. I would rather commit seppuku than fail.” ~ Elon Musk

  49. “It is a wretched thing that the young men of today are so contriving and so proud of their material possessions. Men with contriving hearts are lacking in duty. Lacking in duty, they will have no self-respect.” ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
  50. “If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.” ~ Sun Tzu
  51. “SHOCHU RYOKU – Focus all your energy to one point.” ~ Gozo Shioda
  52. “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

  53. “THE ART OF PEACE does not rely on weapons or brute force to succeed; instead, we put ourselves in tune with the universe, maintain peace in our own realms, nurture life, and prevent death and destruction. The true meaning of the term samurai is one who serves and adheres to the power of love.” ~ Morihei Ueshiba , Samurai quotes about love
  54. “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” ~ George Washington
  55. “I am the scroll of the poet behind which samurai swords are being sharpened.” ~ Lester Cole
  56. “What is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy.” ~ Sun Tzu

  57. “I look at the Samurai because they were the artists of their time. What I think struck me when I read Bushido is compassion. ‘If there’s no one there to help, go out and find someone to help.’ That hit me, because I try to lead my life like that.” ~ Tom Cruise
  58. “If you learn to lead your life strategically and strongly, you can overcome the opposition. But running away, you never overcome anything. The pathway to enlightenment is for the warrior, the samurai.” ~ Frederick Lenz
  59. “My mentality is like a Samurai: They used to everyday work on their technique to make themselves almost perfect. Because perfection is impossible, but every day, you get closer to perfection.” ~ Georges St-Pierre
  60. “For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” ~ Sun Tzu

  61. “When one has made a decision to kill a person, even if it will be very difficult to succeed by advancing straight ahead, it will not do to think about going at it in a long roundabout way. One’s heart may slacken, he may miss his chance, and by and large, there will be no success. The Way of the Samurai is one of immediacy, and it is best to dash in headlong.” ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
  62. “My philosophy is the same as a Samurai: To hit without getting hit.” ~ Lyoto Machida
  63. “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 , Samurai quotes about honor
  64. “The person who practices an art is an artist, not a samurai, and one should have the intention of being called a samurai.” ~ Yamamoto Tsunetomo
  65. “The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.” ~ Sun Tzu

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