Those Keen To Advance

It is said that those who are keen to advance are quick to retreat. When they should stop, they do not. When they should be reserved, they are overly warm. They act with a fleeting enthusiasm; acting with true sincerity that withers by the end. Thus those keen to advance, those who don’t stop, those overly warm are not really up to the task. Never the less, that quickness to retreat recedes with time; the energy is transformed, without leaving even a trace of it.
The Third Year of Ansei, Th 29th of May. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

8日進むこと鋭き者は
其の進むこと鋭き者は、其の退くこと速かなりと。已むべき於いて却って已めず、薄くする所に於て却って厚くする者、一旦の奮激にてすることにして、真に誠より発し終始衰へざる者に非ず。故に其の進鋭の時に方りては、已めざる者も厚き者も或は及ばざることあり。而して其の退くの速やかなる、時去り勢変じ、索然跡なきに至る。
安政三年五月二十九日「講孟箚記」

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