Without Reading Ten Thousand Books

Without reading ten thousand books, how can one become a person (whose name lasts) a thousand Autumns? Without treating one’s own toil lightly, how can one make peace for all persons?
The Third Year of Ansei, Autumn-Winter. “The Group of Shouka Sonnjuku.”

1日万巻の書を読むに非ざるよりは
万巻の書を読むに非ざるよりは、寧んぞ千秋の人たるを得ん。一己の労を軽んずるに非ざるよりは、寧んぞ兆民の安きを致すを得ん。
安政三年秋冬「松下村塾聯」

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