Gentlemen are ashamed of lacking morals, but small men are ashamed of lacking fame. Gentlemen are ashamed of lacking ability, but small men are ashamed of lacking importance… Small men feel shame at how they might appear, but gentlemen feel shame at how they might actually be… Originally, the word shame was a common word among this country’s knights. There was nothing as shameful as not knowing the word shame. Today the knights who know nothing of shame are at the very worst.
The Third Year of Ansei, The Seventeenth of May. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”