To Actually Follow Virtues

The teachings of loyalty, filial piety, compassion, and justice are contained in the Confucian scriptures, but ah! we cannot depend on people to actually follow them themselves.
The Third Year of Ansei, The Fourth of June. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

9日豈に人に由らざらんや
忠孝仁義の訓は経籍にあれども、其の躬行心得に至りては豈に人に由らざらんや。
安政三年六月四日「講孟箚記」

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