Existing in this World for a Single Day

As a person for a single day exists in this world, he eats a day’s worth of food, he wears a day’s worth of clothing, and he uses a day’s worth of shelter. Why, then, does he lack the motivation to pursue a day’s worth of wisdom, a day’s worth of right action?
The Third Year of Ansei, The Fourteeth of May. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

13日一日此の世にあれば
一人一日此の世にあれば一日の食を食らひ、一日の衣を着、一日の家に居る。何ぞ一日の学問、一日の事業を励まざるべけんや。
安政三年五月十四日「講孟箚記」

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