From Sun Tzu's Art of War
Conflict is essential to the development and growth of man and society...If there is no conflict-internal or external-there can be no growth...However, conflict does not always mean physical combat. Being prepared for any eventuality by understanding the controls required to develop your own particular agenda are essential...
To properly defend, the attitude must be that of a thorough attack. To depend strictly upon defence means that there is not enough strength of purpose in your heart. To gain victory you must be assured of yourself and attack with all your heart.and,
Fierceness is essential in mortal combat. It is never dependant on the amount of destruction you wish to bring upon the enemy. There must be no hesitancy in using any method to bring about the complete and utter destruction of the enemy. It is the only way to ensure victory of a lasting nature.
From Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings
No man is invincible, and therefore no man can fully understand that which would make him invincible. Even with complete and thorough study there is always the possibility of being defeated and although one may be expert in a particular form, mastery is something a man never stops seeking to attain.and,
In all accomplishments of war the warrior understands that the only real measure of his ability lies in being able to beat men in fights regardless of their nature. Failure in any other area is not to be construed as a true test of a warriors mettle...The development of warrior consciousness is an ongoing thing. Each new experience continually leads to new challenges.and,
There are good times and there are bad times-for everything. When you understand timing, then you also understand rhythm. Timing and rhythm-they are one and the same thing, yet they are different. To understand them both as one, you must understand them individually...Timing can be altered. Rhythm can be altered. They can be altered individually or in unison...You should always train with timing and rhythm uppermost in your mind, and realise that there are different types of timing and different types of rhythm.
Every time I re-read the above books, I get something new out of them. If you don't have them, you can have a look at The Illustrated Book of Five Rings and The Art Of War at Amazon now.
There are sooo many quotes and passages in the works of both Sun Tzu and Miyamoto Musashi that it is tempting to just rewrite the entire books! They are truly timeless. This will be the first in a series of great quotes from all over regarding Low Tech Combat and the Martial Way.