Cultivate Himself

Worldly praise rarely is something that matches the truth. However, if the heart fears slander and implores for praise, you will pay attention to all the superficial words and your daily acts of sincerity will become rare. For this reason, it is the duty of a gentleman to cultivate himself and endeavour towards truth.
The Second Year of Ansei, the Seventh of September. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

27日己れを修め実を尽くす
世間の毀誉は大抵其の実を得ざるものなり。然るに毀を懼れ誉を求むるの心あらば、心を用ふる所皆外面にありて実事日に薄し。故に君子の務めは己れを修め実を尽くすにあり。
安政二年九月七日「講孟箚記」

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