Bushido - Samurai Quotes for Life - Orion Philosophy (2024)

Bushido, or “the way of the warrior”, is a code of conduct that guides samurai philosophy, in thought, action, and way of life.

The philosophy has evolved over time, however the principles are still used today to help guide people’s daily lives and provide a focus and direction regarding how we should view ourselves, the world around us and our place within it.

Bushido places an emphasis on sincerity, frugality, loyalty, patience, and honour. It was a code of ethics that balanced the violent and war-like existence of the martial samurai. The Way addresses the question of morality, role in society, and how live a life of virtue and honour while avoiding behaviours that are destructive to the self and the spirit.

Bushido Quotes:

It is good to face challenges in your youth. He who has never suffered will not sufficiently temper his character.

Yamamoto Tsunetomo

The discipline of strength instills resistance without complaint, and also teaches courtesy. It demands that we not ruin the pleasure or serenity of others through the expression of our own sadness or pain.

Inazo Nitobe

As a samurai, I must strengthen my character; as a human being I must perfect my spirit

Yamaoka Tesshu

Get beyond love and grief: exist for the good of Man.

Miyamoto Musashi

The undisturbed mind is like the calm body water reflecting the brilliance of the moon. Empty the mind and you will realize the undisturbed mind.

Yagyu Jubei Mitsuyoshi

The Samurai is the first to suffer anxiety for human society, and he is the last to seek personal pleasure.

Morihei Ueshiba

It is a wretched thing that the young men of today are so contriving and so proud of their material possessions. Men with contriving hearts are lacking in duty. Lacking in duty, they will have no self-respect.

Yamamoto Tsunetomo

It is the very mind itself that leads the mind astray – of the mind, do not be mindless

Takuan Soho

Everyone feels fear. What a samurai or warrior is, is what you do when you feel fear.

Enson Inoue

This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai: if by setting one’s heart right every morning and evening, one is able to live as though his body were already dead, he gains freedom in the Way. his whole life will be without blame, and he will succeed in his calling.

Yamamoto Tsunetomo

The art of peace does not rely on weapons or brute force to succeed; instead, we put ourselves in tune with the universe, maintain peace in our own realms, nurture life, and prevent death and destruction. The true meaning of the term samurai is one who serves and adheres to the power of love.

Morihei Ueshiba

I know nothing about surpassing others. I only know how to outdo myself.”


When you give advice, you should first discern whether or not the other person is willing to accept it.


If you embark on an uncharted path, infinite secrets will appear at the end.


I’m not a fighter, but in my mind I’m fighting every day. ‘What’s new? What am I doing?’ I’m fighting myself. My soul is samurai. My roots aren’t samurai, but my soul is.

Masaharu Morimoto

Honour may not win power, but it wins respect. And respect earns power.

Ishida Mitsunari

Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men.

Miyamoto Mushashi

A warrior is worthless unless he rises above others and stands strong in the midst of a storm.

Yamamoto Tsunetomo

The Samurai always has to rise and move on, because new challenges will come.

Lyoto Machida

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