Day after day train your heart out, refining your technique. Use the One to strike the Many! That is the discipline of a Warrior. -Morihei Ueshiba
A dead end is just a good place to turn around. -Naomi Judd
Live every day like it's your last, 'cause one day you're gonna be right. -Ray Charles
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. -Napoleon
From reddingshotokan.org (no longer available)
Eliminating one weakness is better than adding one strength.
Always look through the enemy's' eyes.
To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill.
To stand still is to regress.
Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril.
The present is a result of the past; the future is a result of the present.
Those who achieve the most are not the most skilled, but those who concentrate long after others have given up.
Attainment will come when you've been strengthened through the struggle.
If you are afraid to get wet, jump into the lake.
Years of work may be ruined by a single moment of inattention.
Don't accept the superficial answer. Look deeper to find the real one.Act like you expect to get into the end zone. -Joe Paterno
If you're going to think anyway, you might as well think big. -Donald Trump
There is nothing anyone can do about it. -Unknown Author
Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected. -William Safire
Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it. -Salvador Dali
The most important thing for an instructor is to be sincere. So if you can fake that, you will have it made. -Unknown Author
The Karate Kid, Part II (1986)
Daniel: You could have killed him, couldn't you?A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be. -Rosalynn Carter
Mr. Miyagi: Aiy.
Daniel: Well, Why didn't you?
Mr. Miyagi:: Because Daniel, for man with no forgiveness in heart, life worse punishment than death.
[Walking through the Okinawa airport, Daniel and Miyagi see a poster advertising Sato's karate school. The poster shows Sato breaking a log with his bare hands.]
Daniel: You think you could break a log like that?
Mr. Miyagi: Don't know. Never been attacked by a tree.
Daniel: If you and Sato fought, would your father be the referee?
Mr. Miyagi: No referee.
Daniel: Then how do you know who wins?
The one who's dead, doesn't.
Daniel-san, never put passion before principle. Even if win, you lose.
Daniel-san, it is not quantity of Karate, but quality of Karate that counts
Daniel-san! Daniel-san! It okay lose to opponent, must not lose to fear!
Persistence trumps talent and looks every time. -Aaron Brown
Keep moving if you love life, and keep your troubles well behind you. -John McCain
I have failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. -Michael Jordan
When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less. -Paul Brown
The result of conformity is that everyone likes you, except yourself. -Unknown Author
Eighty percent of all questions are statements in disguise. -Dr. Phil McGraw
The day people stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. -Colin Powell
Heroes are people who rise to the occasion and then slip quietly away. -Tom Brokaw
I've reached the age where competence is a turn-on. -Billy Joel
Fall seven times, get up eight. -Unknown Author
Found in Old Saint Paul’s Church (Baltimore; dated 1692)
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.↩ Back
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.