The Complete First SeasonDVD - 2004
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Caine: When a man has nothing, he is most able to raise himself up. --- If you trust me completely, I can help you. If I tell you, you are not within a prison, the prison is within you, can you believe that? --- Those who value freedom most must sometimes choose to lose it. --- The Emperor values my life that he may take pleasure in my death. --- Between giving up and making bombs must lie many paths. --- A worker is known by his tools: a shovel for a man who digs; an ax for a woodsman. A gun is not a tool for peace. --- If the jury cannot see innocence in my eyes, will they find it in a lawyer's mouth? --- Each waking moment is as a rung on an endless ladder. Each step we take is built on what has gone before.
Master: The best charioteers do not push ahead. The best fighters do not make displays of anger. The wisest antagonist is he who wins without engaging in battle.
Po: The hands. . . are the eyes and tongue of touch. Through them a man may reach out and see another's feelings or speak his own.
Caine: Is it not sad, Master, that the hands of a man may strike a blow as well as caress?
Po: Pain and pleasure are like two bells, side by side, and the voice of each makes a trembling in the other.
Caine: Are pain and pleasure then so alike?
Po: Are the eyes and tongue alike. We see the butterfly and an ugly wound. The same tongue which screams also laughs.
Caine: You are a man. You must be angry. To hide such a feeling is to increase its force a thousand times.
Caine: You tell a man he is something less than a man and say it often enough, and even he will believe it. The price he pays is easy to see. The price you pay is hidden, but it is just as deep.
Master Po: The rat does not steal, the cat does not murder. Rain falls, the stream flows, a hill remains. Each acts according to its nature.
Caine: If you plant rice, rice will grow. If you plant fear, fear will grow.
Caine: "It is a fact. It is not the truth. . . . Truth is often hidden, like a shadow in darkness. --- Love cannot measure itself until the hour of parting.---Trust comes from within.--- Is not to trust to rely on someone of whom you know nothing.---With each ending comes a new beginning. --- I saw a man shoot a gun. In the darkness I could see who the man was. I could not see into his heart.--- I seek not to know all the answers but to understand the questions.
Caine: Men do not beat drums before they hunt for tigers.
-What would you have us do, Priest?
Caine: Wait. ... To fight for yourself is right. To die vainly without hope of winning is the act of stupid men. Let one death be enough.
Caine: Master, our bodies are prey to many needs: hunger, thirst, the need for love.
Master: In one lifetime a man knows many pleasures: a mother's smile in waking hours, a young woman's intimate, searing touch, and the laughter of grandchildren in the twilight years. To deny these in ourselves is to deny that which makes us one with nature. ... Only acknowledge them and satisfaction will follow. To suppress a truth is to give it force beyond endurance.
Development of the mind can be achieved only when the body has been disciplined. To accomplish this, the ancients have taught us to imitate God's creatures.... From the crane we learn grace and self-control. The snake teaches us suppleness and rhythmic endurance. The praying mantis teaches us speed and patience. And from the tiger we learn tenacity and power. And from the dragon we learn to ride the wind. All creatures, the low and the high, are one with nature. If we have the wisdom to learn, all may teach us their virtues. Between the fragile beauty of the praying mantis and the fire and passion of the winged dragon, there is no discord. Between the supple silence of the snake and the eagle's claws, there is only harmony. As no two elements of nature are in conflict so when we perceive the ways of nature, we remove conflict within ourselves and discover a harmony of body and mind in accord with the flow of the universe. It may take half a lifetime to master one system.
To hit a target... is to exercise the inner strength. Indeed there are two kinds of strengths. The outer strength is obvious: it fades with age and succumbs to sickness. Then there is the ch'i, the inner strength. Everyone possesses it, too. But it is indeed much more difficult to develop. The inner strength lasts through every heat and every cold. Through old age and beyond
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