Existence of the Nation

The existence of the nation is your own existence. Why do we beg of outsiders? There is nothing to beg for. Why do we let outsiders command us? They have no (good) commands. Thus, let us be the ones to command the outsiders.
The First Year of Ansei, Winter. “A Record of Imprisonment.”

29日国の存するや自ら存するなり
国の存するや自ら存するなり。豈に外に待つことあらんや。外に待つことなし。豈に外に制せらるることあらんや。外に制せらるることなし。故に能く外を制す。
安政元年冬「幽囚録」

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