A leader can
happy until his people are happy.
When it was wet, we bore the wet
together, when it was cold, we bore the cold together.
I hate luxury. I exercise
moderation… It will be easy to forget your vision and purpose
once you have fine clothes, fast horses and beautiful women. In
which case, you will be no better than a slave, and you will
surely lose everything.
No friend is better than your own
Although there are many things you can rely on,
one is more reliable than yourself.
Although many people can be
your helper, no one should be closer to you than your own
Although there are many things you should
no one is more valuable than
your own life.
If the great, the military leaders and the leaders of the many
descendants of the ruler who will be born in the future, should
not adhere strictly to
the Yasa, then the power of the state will be shattered and
come to an end, no matter how they then seek Genghis Khan, they
shall not find him.
Be of one mind and one faith,
conquer your enemies and
lead long and
Pride is more difficult to subdue
than a wild lion.
If you can’t swallow your pride,
you can’t lead.
The vision should never stray far
the teaching of the elders.
The old tunic fits better and
it always more comfortable; it survives the hardships of the
bush while the new or untried tunic is quickly torn.
An action committed in anger
is an action doomed to
Conquering the world on horseback
it is dismounting and governing that is hard.
People conquered on different
sides of the lake should be ruled on different sides of the
In the space of seven years I have
succeeded in accomplishing a great work and uniting the whole
world in one Empire.
If my body dies, let my body die,
but do not let my country die.