Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference. You don’t stop laughing because you grow old, You grow old because you stop laughing. —ALS
Honoring the Pioneers
"The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants."
"Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one's potential."
"To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill."
"Knowledge does not grow like a tree where you dig a hole, plant your feet, cover them with dirt, and pour water on them daily. Knowledge grows with time, work, and dedicated effort. It cannot come by any other means."
"The five secrets of karate are: move quickly, have a sound and calm mind, be light in body, have a clever mind, and master the basics."
"Hoping to see Karate included in the universal physical education taught in our public schools, I set about revising the kata so as to make them as simple as possible. Times change, the world changes, and obviously the martial arts must change too. The Karate that high school students practice today is not the same Karate that was practiced even as recently as ten years ago [this quote is from 1956], and it is a long way indeed from the Karate I learned when I was a child in Okinawa."