A Samurai

Being a samurai is not begrudging even your life if it is for the sake of the country. It is not having skill in archery, equitation, fencing, spears, artillery, and firearms. As long as you do not begrudge even your life for the sake of the country, even without any of those skills, you are a samurai.
The Third Year of Ansei, The Third of April. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

9日武士たる所は
武士たる所は国の為めに命を惜しまぬことなり。弓馬刀槍銃礟の技芸に非ず。国の為めに命さへ惜しまねば、技芸なしと云へども武士なり。
安政三年四月三日「講猛箚記」

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