To Fail by Trusting People

Often, many of those who favor wisdom fail by doubting others too much. Those who favor benevolence fail by trusting others too much. Both are unbalanced. However by doing this act of merit, those who trust others have an edge over those who doubt them… For this reason, I would much rather fail by trusting others too much than by fail by doubting them.
The Second Year of Ansei, The Sixth of August. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

14日人を信ずるに失するとも
抑々知を好む者は多くは人を疑ふに失す。仁を好む者は人を信ずるに失す。両つながら皆偏なり。然れども人を信ずる者は其の功を成すこと、往々人を疑ふ者に勝ることあり。(中略)故に余寧ろ人を信ずるに失するとも、誓つて人を疑ふに失することなからんことを欲す。
安政二年八月六日「講孟箚記」

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