Look Only at the Good

In our everyday life, although our actions are without kindness or respect, although our words are without honesty or truth, since we are exceedingly weak, cowardly, and foolish by god-given nature, normally people cannot go against that. So do not look for the bad in others, but look only at their good.
The Third Year of Ansei, the Seventh of June. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

15日唯だ人の善のみを見る
余平素行篤敬ならず、言忠信ならずと云へども、天性甚だ柔懦迂拙なるを以て、平生多く人と忤はず、又人の悪を察すること能はず、唯だ人の善のみを見る。
安政三年六月七日「講孟箚記」

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