The Annotated Bushido
[Dedication, page iii]
[Epigraphs, page iv]
And then (to bring in fresh philosophy)
What if the breaks themselves should prove at last
The most consummate of contrivances
To train a man's eye, teach him what is faith?"
Bishop Blougram's Apology.
"There are, if I may so say, three powerful spirits,
which have from time to time, moved on the face of the
waters, and given a predominant impulse to the moral
sentiments and energies of mankind. These are the
spirits of liberty, of religion, and of honor."
Europe in the Middle Ages.
"Chivalry is itself the poetry of life."
Philosophy of History.
Henry Hallam (1777-1859) was a British historian who in 1818 published The View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages. The epigraph comes from Chapter IX, Part II.
Ōta Tokitoshi (1834-1916), the youngest brother of Nitobe's father, Tsutō, was adopted into the Ōta family. Ōta formally adopted Nitobe when the latter accompanied his older brother to Tokyo in 1871.
The English poet Robert Browning (1812-1889) wrote Bishop Blougram's Apology in 1855. The epigraph comprises lines 206-209 (empty lines not counted).
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel (1772-1829) was a German Romantic poet and scholar. The Philosophy of History, which was published in 1829, was a collection of his lectures. The epigraph comes from Lecture XIV.