Legendary Quotes from Shogun 2: Total War
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1Asakura SotekiFlash of steel stills me; calmness mirrors the ocean; I await the waves.
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2Asakura SotekiThe death of blossoms; is not something to grieve on; but the way of things.
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3Asakura SotekiEven if one has learned all the sayings of the sages and saints, he should not insist on them obstinately.
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4Asakura SotekiA general of great merit should be said to be a man who has met with at least one great defeat.
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5BuddhaA dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.
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6BuddhaDo not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
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7BuddhaThe tongue like a sharp knife...kills without drawing blood.
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8BuddhaHolding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
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9BuddhaEven death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
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10BuddhaYou will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
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11BuddhaThe whole secret of existence is to have no fear.
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12BuddhaNothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.
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13BuddhaThe foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.
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14BuddhaIt is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
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15Bushido MaximDishonour is like a scar on a tree, which time, instead of effacing, only helps to enlarge.
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16Chinese ProverbWhen a flower is composed, it does not bloom all at once although the spring has come. Otherwise, yesterday's friend will become today's enemy, as yesterday's flower will become today's dust.
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17Death PoemTo die by the sword; no finer honour exists; winter’s grip awaits.
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18Death PoemAutumn blossom falls; death comes to all on swift wings; the warmth of life: gone.
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19Death PoemThe warmth of summer; an arrow floats on the breeze; bringing with it death.
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20Death PoemDeath now my master; cold as stone upon the field; I fall like blossom.
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21Death PoemThrough the autumn fields; his steed, swift as typhoon winds; the arrow, fleeter.
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22Death PoemThe depths of winter; the wolf stalks his prey by night; red blood on white snow.
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23Death PoemDreaded shikome! The winter of life revealed; my soul is now free.
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24Death PoemWounded and beaten; go without me my brothers; I leave my body here.
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25Death PoemWinter’s first snow; bodies freeze upon the ground; remnants of battle.
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26Death PoemI die triumphant; my soul soars above the snow; released at last.
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27Death PoemAlthough I greet death; I do not fear its icy grip; my soul is at peace.
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28Death PoemCamellia blossom; falling swiftly to the ground; my head follows after.
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29Death PoemThe crane soars higher; its wings brush cherry blossom; my soul flies with it.
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30Death PoemIn the ponds cool depths; the happy frog plays in spring; his life, a slow game.
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31Death PoemSummer’s arid heat; the dry parched earth welcomes me; my blood nourishing.
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32Death PoemMount Fuji’s great peak; shrouded in tender spring rain; the lonely crane cries.
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33Death PoemBlossom on the breeze; settles on the face of a corpse; beauty masking death.
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34Death PoemWarm summer rain; probes my glassy lifeless eyes; its warmth abandoned.
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35Death PoemSnowflakes in the air; a cold wind carries them on; to my sacred home.
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36Death PoemA doll floats downstream; carrying with it prayers; spring has come at last.
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37Death PoemSheltering cherry; my last breath stirs your blossom; my soul ascends. Meh.
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38Death PoemAutumn maple leaves; their colours, like the harvest; remind me of home.
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39Death PoemA soul ship finds me; crystal waters call my name; I am dragged below.
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40Death PoemCold steel pierces flesh; a moment of clarity: death is not the end.
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41Death PoemThe sorrow of defeat; Too much to bear; The kind sword touches my cold flesh.
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42Death PoemNoble enemy: I mourn your loss as I mourned; for my first-born son.
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43Death PoemShapes in the shadow; a glint of steel; the silence steals my happy life.
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44Death PoemCunning tanuki; he preys upon my humble soul; I have no defence.
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45Death PoemThe old carp is wise; he whispers his dark secrets; only the wind hears.
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46Death PoemThe dark tiger stalks; my soul quivers in the air; just for a moment.
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47Death PoemWith my last breath; I honour my great master; now I go to him.
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48Death PoemNow I meet my end; warm blood washes my mouth; the tide coming forth.
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49Death PoemMy untimely death; plays like a noh tragedy; the masks are all wrong.
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50Death PoemSunset seduces; each step brings me no closer; the horizon flees.
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51Death PoemA flash of lightning; illuminates man’s journey; then darkness returns.
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52Death PoemRaindrops on the lake; a universe of ripples; centre touching all.
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53Death PoemLeaves turn green to gold; not to end but to transform; as flesh rots to dust.
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54Death PoemI grow old and hunch; as gnarled branches turn downwards; returning to roots.
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55Death PoemFish break the surface; and a reflection shatters; momentarily.
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56Death PoemMy acts mark the land; time makes ghosts of every deed; as snow hides footprints.
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57Death PoemMy wake leaves little; but as ripples reach the sea; they become great waves.
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58Death PoemI fall on my blade; crimson blossoms seed the earth; the spring buds drink deep.
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59Death PoemAutumn trees shed leaves; skinning the tree one by one; until it is bare.
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60Death PoemMy eyes grow heavy; as blackened storm clouds grow near; engulfing the sun.
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61Death PoemSummer heat cracks dirt; weed tendrils escape and grab; dragging my bleached bones.
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62Death PoemDripping morning dew; mimics the blood from a blade; it does not wake me.
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63Death PoemMelting icicles; once proud soldiers, lose all form; returning to streams.
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64Death PoemGold arcs through the sky; as a breeze lifts fallen leaves; and I leave my dream.
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65Death PoemEverything grows cold; stillness like a frozen lake; there will be no thaw.
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66Death PoemLaying in the shade; dappled sunlight warms my face; a welcome farewell.
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67Death PoemFrost coats my body; a final suit of armour; buried in silver.
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68Death PoemJourneying westward; dried leaves crumble underfoot; blown by autumn wind.
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69Death PoemLines etched in my face; are leafless winter branches; a map of my life.
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70Death PoemMemories fading; awakening from the dream; gone like morning dew.
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71Death PoemCovered by blossoms; I curl up to the dreaming; nature’s own blanket
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72Death PoemUp into the sky; I kiss the falling snowflakes; as they pass me by
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73Death PoemTwice I awaken; once at the first burst of spring; once in wintertime.
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74Death PoemCrossing the river; takes me from the familiar; to new adventures.
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75Death PoemSummer insects buzz; over new fragrant flowers; and fallen soldiers.
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76Death PoemSpring blinks and withers; sheds its skin then dons a cloak; of sunset gold.
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77Death PoemWillows slowly stoop; preparing to meet the ground; as autumn arrives.
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78Death PoemIn the autumn time; you cannot catch every leaf; nor halt coming age
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79Death PoemHeat haze of summer; obscures a man’s path ahead; an unclear future.
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80Death PoemA tree’s skeleton; exposed by autumn season; ready for new life
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81Death PoemSpring stretches and bursts; spilling forth life – but not me; my spring was last year
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82Death PoemA generous rain; it lands hard on eyes that; neither flinch nor blink.
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83Death PoemA cold, low whistle; accompanies my last breath; wind in sympathy.
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84Death PoemThe new year begins; my eyes hunger for the sight; of my last sunrise.
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85Death PoemTurning the snow pink; in the absence of springtime; I create blossoms.
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86Dogen ZenjiA flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.
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87Dogen ZenjiWhen we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves.
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88Dogen ZenjiThe colour of the mountains is Buddha's body; the sound of running water is his great speech.
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89Dogen ZenjiDo not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment.
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90Hojo NagaujiOne should always be genteel in his speaking. A man shows his inmost self by a single word.
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91Hojo ShigetokiIf one will fix his heart in such a way and assist the world and its people, he will have the devotion of the men who see and hear him.
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92Hojo ShigetokiIt is truly regrettable that a person will treat a man who is valuable to him well, and a man who is worthless to him poorly.
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93Hojo ShigetokiOne should have insight into this world of dreams that passes in the twinkling of an eye.
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94Honda MasanobuThe peasant is the foundation of the state and must be governed with care. He must be allowed neither too much, nor too little, but just enough rice to live on and keep for seed in the following year. The remainder must be taken from him in tax.
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95Ieyasu ConstitutionA man must not live under the same sky as one who has injured his lord or father.
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96Ieyasu Constitution A samurai may kill a member of the lower class who has behaved offensively to him. Authorities do not require notification, the samurai being given permission to cut down (the offender) and leave without further ado.
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97Imagawa SadayoOne should not be envious of someone who has prospered by unjust deeds. Nor should he disdain someone who has fallen while adhering to the path of righteousness.
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98Imagawa SadayoJust as water will conform to the shape of the vessel that contains it, so will a man follow the good and evil of his companions.
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99Imagawa SadayoWithout knowledge of learning, one will ultimately have no military victories.
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