Seven Vassals Who Will Argue

Chou Kou Chi…said, “If the Son of Heaven has seven vassals who will argue with him, then though the road might disappear, all under Heaven cannot be lost.” Those moralist teachers cannot reach this sort of keen insight even in their dreams.
The Third Year of Ansei, the 24th of October. “Essays by a Quiet Window.”

14日争臣七人あらば
趙弘智(中略)曰く、「天子に争臣七人あらば、無道と雖も天下を失はず」と。是れ等の活眼、道学先生の夢想だに及ばざる所なり。
安政三年十月二十四日「幽窓随筆」

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