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Legions of the Brave


I love the name of honor, more than I fear death.
– Gaius Julius Caesar

A man who clings to life will not become a hero. A man who fruitlessly gives up life will not become a hero.
A man who lives without a goal will not become a hero.
A. R. Basov, "Legend"


Let no man be called happy before his death.
Till then, he is not happy, only lucky.
– Solon

The fear of death rules people. A warrior must get free of the fear of death by any means possible.
A. R. Basov, "Spirit of the Warrior"

A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand.
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

By becoming fearless, the Warrior crosses the Rubicon of life and death, acquiring the fullness of existence unavailable before.
Without fearlessness, integrity of life is inaccessible.
This idea seems incredible, but it is really so… The objective is to conceive the essence of the fundamental concept of fearlessness, an absolute fearlessness of existence…
The higher the risk and the closer death is, the more potent is the thrill a man has. Rummaging in personal experience anyone would recall the moments of utter bliss, an astounding invigorative pureness that taking risk offers.
A. R. Basov, "Spirit of the Warrior"

The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero

Fate knocks on everybody’s door, but why does only the warrior hear it? Why does he find strength and determination to set out, while it is much easier to sleep in a warm bed? Why does he need it?
A person is always in the state of total uncertainty: this is the condition we all live in constantly; human life is filled with uncertainty, worry and the subconscious fear of death. People are trying to create the illusion of security, to forget about the inevitable end.
But the Warrior does not lie to himself.
A. R. Basov, "Spirit of the Warrior"

For not by numbers of men, nor by measure of body, but by valor of soul is war to be decided.
– Flavius Belisarius

He is the warrior who practices bravery, having eliminated fear in himself.
The Warrior has broken free from the desire to live and the fear of death. The Warrior does not want to live, he just lives.
A. R. Basov, "Spirit of the Warrior"

There are laws for peace as well as war.
– Titus Livius

A person grows when he faces challenges, but withers in uncertainty and faint-heartedness.
Deliberately choosing risk, the Warrior enters a new dimension of life, no longer wallowing in sorrow and boredom that ordinary people experience. The Warrior becomes cheerful and energetic, he is the master of his own life and himself…
A. R. Basov, "Spirit of the Warrior"

Great deeds should be done immediately so that possible difficulties do not stop you.
– Gaius Julius Caesar

Engage in battle being absolutely sure in victory – and you will go through dangers unwounded.
Have a firm readiness to die and you will stay alive. If you try to survive in battle, you will definitely be killed.
A. R. Basov, "Spirit of the Warrior"

Laws are silent in time of war.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero

It is hard for anybody to break free from the idea of death. It’s a professional duty for a warrior. The idea of death is an obstacle. Overcome it!
A. R. Basov, "Spirit of the Warrior"

To have command is to have all the power you will ever need. To have all the power you will ever need, is to have the world in the palm of you hand.
– Tiberius

Weakness is the curse of human race.
The Way to freedom is in Force.
A. R. Basov, "Spirit of the Warrior"


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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