Only unreal things can break
By bringing shame to a person, how could one expect to make him a better man?
—Yamamoto Tsunetomo (via your—reflection)
Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one’s body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears and swords, being carried away by surging waves, being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake, falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one’s master. And everyday without fail one should consider himself as dead.
—Yamamoto Tsunetomo (via wolfe-zedrick)
"There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you will still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything.”
The Hagakure: A code to the way of samurai