Gentlemen, Even When Thirsty…

Gentlemen, even when thirsty, do not drink of the Spring of Tousen. Patriots, even when hard pressed, do not forget the ditch.
The Fourth Year of Ansei, August. “A Explanation for Kouzaburo.”

25日君子は渇すとも
君子は渇すとも盗泉を飲まず、志士は窮すとも溝壑を忘れず。
安政四年八月「溝三郎の説」

*Tousen: a Spring in China reputed for evilness.
*Ditch: A shishi is prepared to give his life for the correct cause, even if it means his corpse will remain unburied in a dirty ditch.

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