That is Only Virtue

Gentlemen who have reached their aims should help those under Heaven do good. Gentlemen who are in poverty should individually do good themselves. After having the resolve to do good oneself, then one can do the work of helping others do good. When poverty continues, and then one establishes a resolve to do such work; that is only virtue.
The Second Year of Ansei Fourth Day of July, “An Explanation of Yuurin’s Courtesy Name, Virtue.”

28日其れ徳のみ
士、達しては天下を兼ね善くし、窮しては其の身を独り善くす。独善の志ありて、而して後兼善の業あり。窮達を貫きて而して志業を成すもの、其れ徳のみ。
安政二年七月四日「徳、字は有隣の説」

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