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Quotes - Morihei Ueshiba (The Founder of Aikido)

“True victory is self-victory!” Morihei Ueshiba

“Create each day anew.” Morihei Ueshiba

“All life is a manifestation of the spirit, the manifestation of love.” Morihei Ueshiba

“As soon as you concern yourself with the 'good' and 'bad' of your fellows, you create an
opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing
others weaken and defeat you.” Morihei Ueshiba

“Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.” Morihei Ueshiba

“Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.”
Morihei Ueshiba

“The divine is not something high above us. It is in heaven, it is in earth, it is inside us.”
Morihei Ueshiba

“Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.” Morihei Ueshiba

“Your spirit is the true shield.” Morihei Ueshiba

“Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout.” Morihei Ueshiba

“When life is victorious, there is birth; when it is thwarted, there is death. A warrior is always
engaged in a life-and-death struggle for Peace.” Morihei Ueshiba

“Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the
highest peak. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of
wisdom and enlightenment.” Morihei Ueshiba

“Each and every master, regardless of the era or the place, heard the call and
attained harmony with heaven and earth. There are many paths leading to the top
of Mount Fuji, but there is only one summit - love.” Morihei Ueshiba

“All things, material and spiritual, originate from one source and are related as if they were
one family. The past, present, and future are all contained in the life force. The universe
emerged and developed from one source, and we evolved through the optimal process of
unification and harmonization.” Morihei Ueshiba

“Iron is full of impurities that weaken it, through forging, it becomes steel and is transformed
into a razor-sharp sword. Human beings develop in the same fashion.” Morihei Ueshiba

“The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.”
 Morihei Ueshiba

“Progress comes to those who train and train; reliance on secret techniques will get you
nowhere.” Morihei Ueshiba

“In your training, do not be in a hurry, it takes a minimum of ten years to master the
basics and advance to the first rung. Never think of yourself as an all-knowing,
perfected master; you must continue to train daily with your friends and students
and progress together in the Art of Peace.” Morihei Ueshiba

“A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind.” Morihei Ueshiba

“Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner,
a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate
enlightenment. ” Morihei Ueshiba

“Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks.
Everything even mountains, rivers, plants and trees should be your teacher. ”
Morihei Ueshiba

“The heart of a human being is no different from the soul of heaven and earth. In your
practice always keep in your thoughts the interaction of heaven and earth, water and fire,
yin and yang. " Morihei Ueshiba

“Opponents confront us continually, but actually there is no opponent there. Enter
deeply into an attack and neutralize it as you draw that misdirected force into your
own sphere.” Morihei Ueshiba

“To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting
injury is the Art of Peace. ” Morihei Ueshiba

“If your heart is large enough to envelop your adversaries, you can see right through them
and  avoid their attacks. And once you envelop them, you will be able to guide them along
the path indicated to you by heaven and earth.” Morihei Ueshiba

“When an opponent comes forward, move in and greet him; if he wants to pull back
send him on his way.” Morihei Ueshiba

“Study the teachings of the pine tree, the bamboo, and the plum blossom. The pine is
evergreen, firmly rooted, and venerable. The bamboo is strong, resilient, unbreakable.
The plum blossom is hardy, fragrant, and elegant.” Morihei Ueshiba

“Economy is the basis of society. When the economy is stable, society develops.
The ideal economy combines the spiritual and the material, and the best commodities to
trade in are sincerity and love. ” Morihei Ueshiba

The Founder of Aikido
Morihei Ueshiba
Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969)

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