Fellowship of Gentlemen

The fellowship of a gentleman is like clear water; the fellowship of a small man is like murky pudding. You should know difference in taste. A gentleman’s morality, having a clear reason, stays constant long. A small man’s avarice, having a murky reason, will change quickly.
The Third Year of Ansei, The 29th of May. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

7日君子道義の交は
君子の交は淡くして水の如く、小人の交は濃くして醴の如し。その味も知るべし。君子道義の交は、淡き故に久しうして変ぜず、小人利欲の交は濃き故に久しからずして変ず。
安政三年五月二十九日「講孟箚記」

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