Throughout history, countless philosophers and enlightened figures have agreed on one truth: Wisdom is a timeless virtue. Indeed, the sage advice and insights of our ancestors – from Socrates to Benjamin Franklin – continue to help and inspire us today.

So bookmark this page and save the words of yet another wise thinker from long ago – namely, Musashi Miyamoto, one of the greatest swordsmen and philosophers from Japan’s history. You never know when his words might come in handy!

Musashi Miyamoto: Samurai Philosopher

Musashi Miyamoto (1584-1645) was a legendary Samurai warrior, born in Japan during the war-torn feudal era (2). Born into a family of warriors, Musashi quickly proved himself to be a prodigious Samurai, expert strategist, and a master swordsman, even founding a new school in the art of Japanese swordwielding (kenjutsu) in which two swords are used instead of one(3). He spent his life engaging in a record-setting 60 duels, guiding pupils in ketjutsu, and writing about the art of battle (4).

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Musashi is also remembered for his deep wisdom, spirituality, and self-discipline. Written shortly before his death, The Way of Walking Alone (Dokkodo) remains Musashi’s final literary masterpiece (3) – a work full of wise precepts that remain relevant and inspiring to this day.

Below, we list just a few of Musashi’s most thoughtful and illuminating quotes for your (self-)reflection.

12 Quotes from Musashi Miyamoto’s Dokkodo

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1) Brown, L. (2017). A Japanese Buddhist Master reveals 21 rules of life that will blow your mind. [online] Hack Spirit. Available at: https://hackspirit.com/japanese-buddhist-master-reveals-21-rules-life-will-blow-mind [Accessed 27 Oct. 2017].

2) Musashi-miyamoto.com. (2017). MUSASHI MIYAMOTO | Early years, first sword fights. [online] Available at: http://www.musashi-miyamoto.com/musashi-miyamoto-early-life.html [Accessed 27 Oct. 2017].

3) Musashi-miyamoto.com. (2017). MUSASHI MIYAMOTO | Duel years. [online] Available at: http://www.musashi-miyamoto.com/musashi-duel-years.html [Accessed 27 Oct. 2017].

4) Musashi-miyamoto.com. (2017). MUSASHI MIYAMOTO | Later Life and Death. [online] Available at: http://www.musashi-miyamoto.com/later-life-and-death.html [Accessed 27 Oct. 2017].

Image and video sources:

1) Commons.wikimedia.org. (2017). File:Musashi ts pic.jpg – Wikimedia Commons. [online] Available at: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Musashi_ts_pic.jpg [Accessed 27 Oct. 2017].

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