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Old 11-14-2006, 06:04 AM   #1
Mika Perälä
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Question about quote

I've run into a quote that goes something like this:

"If a boulder rolls towards you, it would be unwise to try to stop it by countering it's rolling power. Noone would think of trying to fight a rolling boulder. It's much more natural to step aside and let the boulder pass. To do so is easy even if the boulder is a big rock."

I've seen this quotations attributed to O'sensei, but have not been able to find it anywhere, with O'sensei quoted as the source. But I've heard it attributed to Tomita Sensei, who resides in Sweden.

Has anyone here heard it and know the source of it?
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Old 11-14-2006, 10:22 AM   #2
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Re: Question about quote

I have heard the saying many times, but I have no idea who could be credited with originating the quote. I'll try to find out...
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Old 11-14-2006, 05:42 PM   #3
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Re: Question about quote

I think we can rule out that it was said by Indiana Jones. He ran away from the boulder.
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Old 11-15-2006, 05:18 AM   #4
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Re: Question about quote

Never heard any quote like that from O'sensei, though it is of the same essence of things he'd say, so I'd presume it is actually from a student of his (or just an aikido student!). I prefer the quote (paraphrased) of Ueshiba.

"when someone attacks 9+1 = 10, just as 4+6 =10"

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Old 11-24-2006, 10:27 AM   #5
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Re: Question about quote

I've heard the same thing, but with a train instead of a boulder, and that you should simply get off its track. It is supposed to be something Osensei said, but I can't say that I'm sure of it.
Anyway: it makes sense

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