Whether Resolve is Established Or Not

Whether one follows a straight path or not, whether one works hard or not, is only a matter of establishing one’s resolve or not. For this reason, those who are gentlemen must establish their resolve. When one has established this resolve, one’s spirit will also follow. When one’s spirit is resolved, there is nothing too distant to attain. There is nothing too difficult to do.
The third year of Kouka, “Preface sent to Matsumura Bunshou”

19日志を立てざるべからず
道の精なると精ならざると、業の成ると成らざるとは、志の立つと立たざるとに在るのみ。故に士たる者は其の志を立てざるべからず。夫れ志の在る所、気も亦従ふ。志気の在る所、遠くして至るべからざるなく、難くして為すべからざるものなし。
弘化三年「松村文祥を送る序」

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