The 20 Best Quotes From “Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai”

In no particular order, here are the 20 best quotes from the legendary book, “Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai.”

1) Take a look at the men today. It seems that most of them have a woman’s heart. There are very few true men anymore. It is easy for a strong warrior to gain the advantage these days because so few have any courage at all. This loss of the warrior spirit is easily shown by the fact that men today cannot even behead a convicted criminal with his hands tied behind his back.

2) 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.

3) Life is not so important when forced to choose between life and integrity.