Heroic Courage

“Rise up above the masses of people who are afraid to act. Hiding like a turtle in a shell is not living at all. A samurai must have heroic courage. It is absolutely risky. It is dangerous. It is living life completely, fully, wonderfully. Heroic courage is not blind: it is intelligent and strong.”

-The Code of Bushido

Polite Courtesy

“Samurai have no reason to be cruel. They do not need to prove their strength. A samurai is courteous even to his enemies. Without this outward show of respect, we are nothing more than animals.

“A samurai is not only respected for his strength in battle, but also by his dealing with other men.

“The true strength of a samurai becomes apparent during difficult times.”

-The Code of Bushido