10 Years of Utmost Zeal

In general, we should work hard at studying year round for 30 years, from about the age of 10 to the age 40. And during this time, we should spend 10 of those years exerting the utmost personal zeal.
The Third Year of Ansei, After August. “The Complete Book of Teachings for Warriors.”

2日自ら励むことは中十年にある
大凡十歳前後より四十歳比迄,三十余年中学問を勤む。而して其の最も自ら励むことは中十年にあるなり。
安政三年八月以降「武教全書講録」

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