Uesugi Kenshin

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Uesugi Kenshin 上杉 謙信 (18 February 153019 April 1578) was a samurai warlord who ruled Echigo province in the Sengoku Period of Japan.


  • Engage in combat fully determined to die and you will be alive; wish to survive in the battle and you will surely meet death.
    • Quoted in Suzuki, Daisetz Teitaro; Zen Buddhism and Its Influence on Japanese Culture (1970); p. 188
    • Cited in Wisdom from Early Japan. The Samurai Archives. Retrieved on 2006-11-07.
    • Cited in Storry, Richard (October 11, 1979). "Cult of the Sword". The New York Review of Books 26 (15). ISSN 0028-7504. Retrieved on 2006-11-07. (Review of several books on the samurai of Japan.)
    • Alternative: "Those who cling to life die, and those who defy death live."


  • Battles should be won with swords and spears, not rice and salt.

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