Do Not Judge Others by Your Self

Do not judge others by your own self. Do not discount a hundred acts because of one act. Notice people’s strengths, and ignore their shortcomings. If you forget the end, you can sense the intentions of the heart. Like this, wherever under Heaven you might go, how would you not find good neighbors!
The Second Year of Ansei, The Fourth of July. “Virtue, An Explanation of Courtesy Name of Yuurin (lit. Having-Neighbors)”

4日己れを以て人を責むることなく
己れを以て人を責むることなく、一を以て百を廃することなく、長を取りて短を捨て、心を察して跡を略らば、即ち天下いづくにか往くとして隣なからん。
安政二年七月四日「徳、字は有隣の説」

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