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hagakureUntil the age of forty it is best to gather strenth. It is appropriate to have settled down by the age of fifty.
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In the words of the ancient, one should make his decisions within the space of seven breaths.
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It is said that even after one’s head has been cut off, he can still perform some function. (…) Mitani Jokyu said: ”Even if a man be sick to death, he can bear up for two or three days.”
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It is bad taste to yawn in front of people. When one unexpectedly has to yawn, if he rubs his forehead in an upward direction, the sensation will stop.

Yamamoto Tsunetomo (1659-1719) i översättning av William Scott Wilson.

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