Thread: Shirata Rinjiro
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:10 PM   #16
Demetrio Cereijo
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Re: Shirata Rinjiro

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Allen Beebe wrote: View Post
Just for clarity's sake, because I'm afraid that I wasn't clear at all, the quote:

Patience and gentleness are power
Nothing is so strong as gentleness,
nothing so gentle as real strength.

Power is so characteristically calm,
that calmness in itself has the aspect of power,
and forbearance implies strength.

Is not a quote of Shirata sensei. I found that quote 30 years ago (along with several others, at a moment of existential crisis), wrote it down and have kept it in my wallet ever since. Unfortunately I didn't write down the source.
"Patience and gentleness are power" is attributed to James Henry Leigh Hunt.

"Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength." to St. Francis de Sales and

"Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of power, and forbearance implies strength." to E G Bulwer-Lytton.
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