Only the Path of Righteousness

Human knowledge and power are not something that can rival fate. For this reason, attributing fate to Heaven is called Heaven’s decree. Since it is Heaven’s decree, it’s enough if those who place trust in Heaven earnestly keep only to the path of righteousness. Honestly accepting life and death, fame and poverty each in turn, there will be nothing to suprise or frighten them.
The Second Year of Ansei, the Eighteenth Day of October. “Epistle to Kubo Seitarou.”

20日道義をのみ
命を人力人知の及ぶ所に非ず。故に是れを天に帰し天命と云ふ。天命なる上は天に任せ置きて人は只管道義をのみ守りさへすれば、死生窮達つ、順授素行、驚くにも恐るるにも及ぶず。
安政二年十月十八日「久保清太郎あて書翰」

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