This quote is about rattlesnakes (and countries), but I like it from an Aikido perspective, too:

“She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage…she never wounds ‘till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her." 

~ Benjamin Franklin

The whole idea is you have to let go of all types of longings, wantings, desires. You have to become a true devotee. It means you don’t care anymore. You’re not interested in getting anywhere or trying to do anything. Simply get lost in the teaching itself. Without looking for answers, without trying to become enlightened. Without saying I have to do this, I have to do that. You just live every moment, by moment, by moment in devotion, in love, in joy, not thinking whether you’re going to get enlightened or not get enlightened. Whether you’ll make it in this life or not. The person who is like this is already enlightened, already free.

~ Robert Adams

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“As a martial artist, you can never have too much sensitivity. What you want to eliminate is reactivity.”

George Ledyard Sensei, at his Weekend Intensive at Two Rivers Budo, Sacramento. Adam Fong, uke.

“The gears have to mesh before the drive gear can affect the other one. Don’t start your tenkan [rotation] until you’ve made the connection with your partner.”

Ledyard Sensei (Paraphrased.)