Quotes by Yamamoto Tsunetomo

"There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment. There will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment."

"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."

"Even if it seems certain that you will lose, retaliate. Neither wisdom nor technique has a place in this. 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."

"To give a person an opinion one must first judge well whether that person is of the disposition to receive it or not."

"Be true to the thought of the moment and avoid distraction. Other than continuing to exert yourself, enter into nothing else, but go to the extent of living single thought by single thought."

Books by Yamamoto Tsunetomo

  • The Samurai Series
  • 196 ratings
  • August 15th 2010 by El Paso Norte Press

    (first published November 20th 2006)

  • Hagakure
  • 2 ratings
  • April 2005 by Arkano Books
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
  • Yamamoto Tsunetomo