Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series



Samurai Wisdom

Lessons From Japan’s Warrior Culture

Five Classic Texts On Bushido

Translated By: Thomas Cleary

Tuttle Publishing


” The emptiness of the sky lets the birds fly,

The breadth of the sea sets the fish free-

A man of mettle cannot be

Without this greatness of the heart.”


Book Three

Essentials of Military Matters

Compiled by Yamaga Takatsune

(Page 211)


Hermit Poet’s Comments: Life is not easy and one must have the heart and the tenacity to get through the tough times.  A strong tenacious person is comfortable during the free flowing and difficult times.


Samurai Wisdom: Lessons from Japan’s Warrior Culture by Thomas Cleary (2009-04-10)

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