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Old 03-02-2002, 07:45 PM   #1
DeanMacBaine
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Quotes

Maybe some of you would like to help me. We are looking to design some T-shirts for our dojo and we would like to use a quote from O'Sensei or another prominent figure in the world of Aikido. So I am wondering what are some of your favorite quotes relating to the practice and the philosophy of Aikido?

Thanks in advance for your replies.
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Old 03-03-2002, 12:30 AM   #2
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While I can't say I have "a favorite" one that I spend alot of time with lately is.

There is no enemy of love. There is no discord in love. Aikido is the realization of love.
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Old 03-03-2002, 07:09 AM   #3
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Re: Quotes

Quote:
Originally posted by DeanMacBaine
Maybe some of you would like to help me. We are looking to design some T-shirts for our dojo and we would like to use a quote from O'Sensei or another prominent figure in the world of Aikido. So I am wondering what are some of your favorite quotes relating to the practice and the philosophy of Aikido?
Thanks in advance for your replies.
"In order to do ikkyo, first smash your opponent's face."
-- Ueshiba Morihei

"In order to weaken your enemy, first step inside and cut."
-- Ueshiba Morihei

"Standing in the mountain stream
I wonder
Why is it that no one can speak
As purely as water sounds on the stone."
-- Ueshiba Morihei

"When you instruct
Emphasize the strike and thrust
For all the secret teachings
Are found in these simple basics."
-- Ueshiba Morihei


Enjoy!

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Old 03-03-2002, 12:30 PM   #4
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Re: Quotes

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Originally posted by DeanMacBaine
Maybe some of you would like to help me. We are looking to design some T-shirts for our dojo and we would like to use a quote from O'Sensei or another prominent figure in the world of Aikido. So I am wondering what are some of your favorite quotes relating to the practice and the philosophy of Aikido?
"Aikido is not plastic harmony." Saotome Mitsugi

Don J. Modesto
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Old 03-03-2002, 03:21 PM   #5
Johan Tibell
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Aikido is origami (sp?) with people...

Seriously, what "type" of quotes do you want, philosofical? funny? Dokas?

Dokas can be found here:
http://hokushin.hjem.wanadoo.dk/aikido_doka.htm

- Johan
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Old 03-03-2002, 04:39 PM   #6
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I don't know who said this first:

"Strength fades; technique lasts."

Dean
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Old 03-03-2002, 08:36 PM   #7
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I know I'm slightly out of topic but I always wanted a shirt that said this,

" Do you know who I am? "

It reminds me of many of the local politicians who go to a hotel expecting special service and when they get irritated would say, "Do you know who i am? I'm so and so". And i just found it all so superficial and a bunch of baloney but it was pretty funny when the lady at the concierge said " No, but whoever you are you still have to wait." Haha I love it.
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Old 03-04-2002, 07:17 AM   #8
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Ran into this on the net sometime ago:

"If I wanted to see men dancing in dresses, I would have gone to a gay bar" - Jon Bluming when he visited the Aikikai Hombu dojo.

No offense intended towards my fellow aikidoka, of course...it's just something that keeps me from taking myself too seriously...

Regards,
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Old 03-04-2002, 08:37 AM   #9
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Smile off topic t-shirt

Quote:
Originally posted by Reuben
I know I'm slightly out of topic but I always wanted a shirt that said this,

" Do you know who I am? "

I have a t-shirt with the seal of the US on it and in small print below the seal it says Federal Witness Protection Program. Below that in large block letters it says: YOU DON"T KNOW ME

Keith Lee
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Old 03-04-2002, 09:10 AM   #10
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I've always like this one:

Leave your ego with your shoes: off the mats.

Good luck with your shirts
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Old 03-04-2002, 12:53 PM   #11
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Hello,

This quote is not directly related to Aikido, but it is my favorite, as it pertains to my career.

"In distinguishing the advantages of the tools of warriors, we find that whatever the weapon, there is a time and situation in which it is appropriate."

- Miyamoto Musashi

LOUIS A. SHARPE, JR.
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Old 03-04-2002, 02:42 PM   #12
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Have posted this previously, but it seems to fit well here.

"We put the harm back in harmony."
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Old 03-04-2002, 05:16 PM   #13
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Thanks for all your input. Got some good responses so far. Keep'em coming. I'm not sure what we are looking for yet. We just need one that seems to capture our dojos personality. So it doesn't matter if it's serious, funny or just plain makes no sense. I will take the list and then we will decide as a group.

Bcole23--I have a sister that lives near you over in Driggs, ID. I was lucky enough to see some pretty big mountain men in a bar room brawl. I would definitely say you need the "harm" out there. Nothing seemed to keep those boys down.
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Old 03-04-2002, 06:18 PM   #14
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"Aikido is not a hippie art."

--Mitsugi Saotome

Drew
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Old 03-05-2002, 12:00 AM   #15
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How about "grab my wrist"
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Old 03-05-2002, 06:25 AM   #16
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"Wanna go to the Dojo"?
"Go on then, twist my arm".

Vir Obesus Stola Saeptus
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Old 03-07-2002, 06:35 AM   #17
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Okay...this definitely isn't an "Aikido" saying (or philosophy) but it is my all time favorite MA quote/philosophy (obviously...since it's my signature)

kono yo ha jaku niku kyou shoku=In this world, the weak are the food of the strong.

Also...it looks really cool in Kanji too
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Old 03-07-2002, 12:54 PM   #18
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How about: "True victory is victory over yourself."?

"Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend."
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