Nothing But a Word of Sincerity

Both the way of Heaven and the study of piety are nothing but a single word of sincerity… First is said to be truth. Second is said to be the first. Third is said to be eternity… For this reason, when one does not to keep starting and stoping, but continuously practices the truth and the first, it is eternity.
The Sixth Year of Kaei, August. “A Selfish Word for Leaders.”

19日誠の字の外
天道も君学も一の誠の字の外なし。(中略)一に曰く実なり。二に曰く一なり。三に曰く久なり。(中略)故に実と一とを作輟なく幾久しく行ふこと、是れ久なり。
嘉永六年八月「将及私言」

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