Tsunetomo Yamamoto on Sleeping

“Personally, I like to sleep. And I intend to appropriately confine myself more and more to my living quarters and pass my life away sleeping.”

~ Tsunetomo Yamamoto

Tsunetomo Yamamoto on the Shortness of Life

“Human life is truly a short affair. It is better to live doing the things that you like. It is foolish to live within this dream of a world seeing unpleasantness and doing only things that you do not like.”

~ Tsunetomo Yamamoto / Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

Tsunetomo Yamamoto on Self-Reliance

“If there is something that must be done, it is better not to rely on others.”

~ Tsunetomo Yamamoto / Hagakure

Tsunetomo Yamamoto on Silence

“A person who is discreet in speaking will be useful during the good times and will avoid punishment during the bad.”

~ Tsunetomo Yamamoto / Hagakure