“Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” quotes(1999)
Plot – Ghost Dog lives in a hut on the top of a building with his beloved pigeons. His daytime is marked by the rules of an ancient samurai code and by his duty as a killer. He works for boss Louie in fact. Ghost Dog's technique is simple: he locates the victim, he carries out the task then he sends Louie a pigeon to inform him the job is done. Due to a series of mistakes, Ghost Dog doesn't complete a chore and becomes the target himself.
All actors – Forest Whitaker, John Tormey, Cliff Gorman, Dennis Liu, Frank Minucci, Richard Portnow, Tricia Vessey, Henry Silva, Gene Ruffini, Frank Adonis, Victor Argo, Damon Whitaker, Kenny Guay, Vince Viverito, Gano Grills, Touché Cornel, Jamie Hector, Chuck Jeffreys, Yan Ming Shi, Vinny Vella, Joseph Rigano, Roberto Lopez, Salvatore Alagna, Jerry Todisco, Isaach De Bankolé, Dreddy Kruger, Timbo King, Clay Da Raider, Dead And Stinking, Deflon Sallahr, Camille Winbush, Clebert Ford, José Rabelo, Jerry Sturiano, Tony Rigo, Alfred Nittoli, Angel Caban, Luz Valentin, Rene Bluestone, Jordan Peck, Jonathan Teague Cook, Tracy Howe, Harry Shearer, Vanessa Hollingshead, Sharon Angela, RZA, Scott Bryce, Paul Diomede, Gary Farmershow all
“Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” Quotes 23 quotes
“When one has made a decision to kill a person, even if it will be very difficult to succeed by advancing straight ahead, it will not do to think about doing it in a long, roundabout way. One's heart may slacken, he may miss his chance, and by and large there will be no success. The Way of the Samurai is one of immediacy, and it is best to dash...” (continue)(continue reading)
“There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the moment. A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment. If one fully understands the present moment, there is nothing left to do, and nothing else to pursue.”
“There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you still get the same soaking. This understanding...” (continue)(continue reading)
“- Sonny Valerio: Where's he live?
- Louie: Fuck, if I know. That's the next strange thing. I mean, I can't just call him up. Instead, he contacts me every day through a bird.
- Sonny Valerio: Did you just say he contacts you through a bird? Did I just hear you say that?!”
“In the words of the ancients, one should make his decision within the space of seven breaths. It is a matter of being determined and having the spirit to break through to the other side.”
Among the maxims on Lord Naoshige's wall, there was this one: "Matters of great concern should be treated lightly". Master Ittei commented: "Matters of small concern should be treated seriously".
“- Sonny Valerio: All the rappers, they got names like that: Snoop Doggy Dogg, Ice Cube, Q-Tip, Method Man. My favorite was always Flavor Flav from Public Enemy. You got the funky fresh fly flavor.
- Ray Vargo: I don't know about that, but it makes me think of Indians. They got name like... Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, Running Bear, Black Elk.
- Sonny...” (continue)(continue reading)
“The Way of the Samurai is found in death. Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily.”
“It is good to carry some powdered rouge in one's sleeve. It may happen that when one is sobering up or waking from sleep, a samurai's complexion may be poor. At such a time it is good to take out and apply some powdered rouge.”
“Every day when one's body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears, and swords. Being carried away by surging waves. Being thrown into the midst of a great fire. Being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake. Falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease, or...” (continue)(continue reading)
- Sonny Valerio: "If a warrior's head were to be suddenly cut off, he should still be able to perform one more action with certainty". What the fuck does that mean?
- Ray Vargo: It's poetry. The poetry of war.
“Taking an enemy on the battlefield is like a hawk taking a bird. Even though it enters into the midst of a thousand of them, it gives no attention to any bird than the one it first marked.”
“Even if one's head were to be suddenly cut off, he should be able to do one more action with certainty. With martial valor, if one becomes like a revengeful ghost and shows great determination, though his head is cut off, he should not die.”
“It is said that what is called the Spirit of an Age is something to which one cannot return. That this spirit gradually dissipates is due to the world's coming to an end. In the same way, a single year does not have just spring or summer. A single day, too, is the same. For this reason, although one would like to change today's world back to the...” (continue)(continue reading)