First Know Yourself: Then Know Others
When one knows the enemy and knows oneself, one will not be in danger in a hundred battles. When one is ignorant of the enemy yet knows oneself, chances of victory or defeat are even. When one knows neither the enemy nor oneself, each and every battle will surely be perilous.
Sun Tzu "Offensive Strategy" The Art of War
Karate-Do begins and ends in Rei
All Martial Arts begin and end in rei, unless they are practiced with a feeling of reverence and respect, they are simply forms of violence. Rei is often defined as "respect" but actually means much more. Rei encompasses both an attitude of respect for others and a sense of self-esteem.
Gichin Funakoshi (Twenty principles of karate)
According to an ancient fable, a Zen master out for a walk with one of his students points out a fox chasing a rabbit.," The rabbit will get away from the fox". the master said. "Not so" replied the student "the fox is faster". " But the rabbit will elude him" insisted the master. "Why are you so certain"? asked the student "Because the fox is running for his dinner and the rabbit is running for his life" replied the master."
It is better to avoid than to block,
It is better to block than to strike,
It is better to strike than to hurt,
It is better to hurt than to maim,
It is better to maim than to kill,
It is better to kill than to be killed,
All life is precious and none can be replaced
Respect people's feelings.
Even if it doesn't mean anything to you, it could mean a great deal to them.
The best things in life are unseen.
Thats why we close our eyes when we kiss, cry and dream