More or less.
I will return 1000 fold the damage he does to me.
He either fears his fate too much,
Or his desert is small,
Who fears to put it to the touch,
And win or lose it all.-Montrose
“To be honest I do not think whether they live or die is the matter at hand. Life is not always better than death. It is not that simple. Living and being made to live are very different things. What matters is what the person chooses of their own free will. Whether or not it can be achieved or how difficult it is.
I want you to think about this… imagine if what matters most to you was taken away against your will. If that is indeed worth less than your life”
-Mitsurugi, Meiya in ML Alternative
“Cause pain before you injure. Injure before you maim. Maim before you kill. And if you must kill, make it a clean kill. Squeeze every drop of life from the opponent. Because life is so precious, it cannot be wasted, even in death.”
“Let him cut your skin, and you cut his flesh. Let him cut your flesh, and you cut his bones. Let him cut your bones, and you cut off his life.”
Death is lighter than a feather, duty heavier than mountains.
Yes, people have believed and acted on such things, as much as the modern world finds such ideas and precepts alien and incomprehensible.