"Aikido teaches a simple secret. The development and achievement of a better life is dependent on making oneself better. Aikido offers no miracles except the miracle of your own existence and that of your human potential. You are a part of the Universe. If you decide to ruin your life or put it into waste, you will also be destroying or wasting away a part of the universe. With your birth, you hold the key that opens the door to Heaven. The most important duty in each person's life is to use that key and to make his or her life a manifestation of that Heaven, which lies within our own power to create here on earth."
Mitsugi Saotome (Sensei)