Introduction:As explained in my previous list on the Hiroo Onoda, he wasn't actually the "last" Japanese soldier, just the best known. Two other holdouts followed him, but little is known of their lives. Today is the 37th anniversary of his surrender to then Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos, and it seems appropriate to make a list of a few of his better known quotes.
"People cannot live completely by themselves. If you have any doubts about this, just imagine being truly alone. Can you find all your food, make a fire, sew your clothes and take care of yourself when you get sick or injured? Can you make it?"
"Parents should remember that they are supposed to die before their children. Nobody will help them later on, so the greatest gift parents can give their children is independence."
"Never complain. When I did, my mother said that if I didn't like my life, I could just give up and die. She reminded me that when I was inside her, I told her that I wanted to be born, so she delivered me, breastfed me and changed my diapers. She said that I had to be brave."
"If you have some thorns in your back, somebody needs to pull them out for you. We need buddies. The sense of belonging is born in the family and later includes friends, neighbors, community and country. That is why the idea of a nation is really important."
"History is written by the victors. Since the end of WWII, the Japanese history taught in our schools has been based on a U.S. program to promote war guilt and on left-wing propaganda. I don't blame the United States for this. They wanted a weak Japan, and their mission is accomplished; Japanese educated after the war do not have any confidence in their culture or in themselves."
Nice interesting read. Great quotes. Thanks for this list. Enjoyed reading it.
Cool article! H5
You did an admirable job of selecting quotes by an admirable man. I "salute" you. HI5
It seems to me that I did not truly absorb these until your list of quotes so well done.
I mean 'they're great' lol
80% of the quotes I am familiar with. Their great coming from such a strangely fascinating person. The quotes are to live by! H5
I am back because I loved your first list on the interesting facts about the last Japanese soldier. Great quotes!
select one here...