Ieyasu precepts

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Ieyasu precepts
by Tokugawa Ieyasu, translated by Wikisource
Precepts on the secret of success in life drafted by Tokugawa Ieayasu from the collection of Nikkō Tōshō-gū.

Life is like walking along a long road shouldering a heavy load; there is no need to hurry.
One who treats difficulties as the normal state of affairs will never be discontented.
Patience is the source of eternal peace; treat anger as an enemy.
Harm will befall one who knows only success and has never experienced failure.
Blame yourself rather than others.
It is better not to reach than to go too far.

— 1604