Establish the Heart

Wise lords and clever generals first establish their hearts. Although we might have established our hearts, there are still some among the classes who refuse to follow us… One cannot skillfully inspire others by merely establishing one’s heart for a moment. One can do so skillfully by cultivating and tempering one’s heart without fail.
The Third Year of Kaei, the 20th of August. “The Complete Book of Teachings for Warriors: Protecting the Castle”

16日心定めや
明君賢将必づ其の心を定む。吾が心一たび定まりて、将吏士卒誰れか敢へて従はざらん。(中略)心定めや、特に一旦奮激の能くする所に非ず、必ずや心胆を涵養鍛錬すること素あるものにして、能くすることあります。
嘉永三年八月二十日「武教全書 守城」

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