Those Who Work for Virtue

Those who work profit keep their own bodies dying in bad years uselessly. They help many people flourish and keep them from death. Those who work for virtue keep their own hearts from disorder (midare) in a useless evil world. They influence many people for good and keep them from disorder.
The Third Year of Ansei, The Fourth of June. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

19日徳に周き者は
利に周き者は徒に凶年其の身を殺す能はざるのみならず、又能く人を賑救して、あわせて死せざらしむるに足る。徳に周き者は徒に邪世其の心を乱す能はざるのみならず、又能く人を薫化して乱れざらしむるに足るなり。
安政三年六月四日「講孟箚記」

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