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Spirit of the North

Better to fight and fall than to live without hope.
– Volsunga Saga, Ch. 12

Each human life has its predestination. Unlike other people, a warrior clearly realizes his.
A. R. Basov, "Spirit of the Warrior"

The generous and bold have the best lives.
– Icelandic Proverb

An opportunity is a person's meeting with his or her destiny, and the decisive moment in favor of victory or defeat. An opportunity occurs only once; it may be awaited a hundred years and a day. That is why you shall be ready and not let it slip away. Never lose a propitious moment.
A. R. Basov, "Spirit of the Warrior"

On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
– Friedrich Nietzsche

A warrior must learn to watch his Way from the sidelines, to be detached, impartial towards himself and his own deeds. Only in this manner does he save himself from making a mistake, as even a slight deviation from the Way is sure to escalate drastically in a very short time.
A. R. Basov, "Spirit of the Warrior"

A road well begun is the battle half won. The important thing is to make a beginning and get under way.
– Søren Kierkegaard

It is crucial to act with maximal energy and consistency and without negative emotions in case anything goes wrong.
If your determination is unflinching and spirit uncompromising, then nothing is insurmountable.
A time deadline is not valid for a patient man who has decided once and for all: "I will win, if only in a day, in a week, or after a thousand rebirths."
A. R. Basov, "Spirit of the Warrior"

A Nord is judged not by the manner in which he lived, but the manner in which he died.
– Old Norse Proverb

It is not possible to live or die for someone else. Every mortal lives individually and makes all decisions in his life by himself. Life needs endeavors because they are life of all other things. Life should become a heroic saga for a person.
A. R. Basov, "Spirit of the Warrior"

It is better to stand and fight. If you run, you'll only die tired.
– A Viking Saying

The idea for which you are ready to die must be worth it. If the idea is not worth sacrificing a life, it is either false or insignificant.
A. R. Basov, "Spirit of the Warrior"

No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
– Friedrich Nietzsche

The world is ever more dangerous, because it is ever more immoral, and there is one simple reason: people have no other goals than primitive ones. It is the deficiency in "worthless" high aspirations and spiritual development that throws people in a crisis which even money cannot settle.
A. R. Basov, "Spirit of the Warrior"

Better a brief spell of honour than a long rule of shame.
– The Laxdaela Saga, Ch. 29


If a man can say to himself, “Today I've had an adventure, and this made my day!” – he lives the right way. He feels elated. A man, like an ocean, needs vast expanse and fresh wind to live.
A. R. Basov, "Spirit of the Warrior"

One must need to be strong, otherwise one will never become strong.
– Friedrich Nietzsche


Weakness generates failure and decay. In nature, lice attack a weakened and distressed creature; they propagate on it and live by sucking out its vital force.
Only he who becomes strong can shake off all parasites; nobody can take advantage of him.
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To be without silver is better than to be without honour.
– Old Nordic Proverb

Have you ever felt the fear that you had not existed before you were born? Why, then, are you afraid to go back to the place from which you came?!
A. R. Basov, "Spirit of the Warrior"


A human being is a heroic creature and his ethics are simple: to do everything possible, to advance trying to reach his goal, but if fate decrees otherwise, to fall headfirst at least.
A. R. Basov, "Spirit of the Warrior"

One has to pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while one is still alive.
– Friedrich Nietzsche


Quotes are taken from
the book "Samurai. Spirit of the Warrior" by A. R. Basov

avaliable as an eBook (for Windows, Android, iOS) and a hardcover book (pre-order only).



I will not get lost...
The North Star is shining in the darkness...
The road to Valhalla, straight like a sword, is always in front of me!

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