To Fall Into Lust

Generally, it is easy to fall into lust and difficult to repent it, since there are many places where (the heart) wavers.
The Third Year of Ansei, The Tenth of June. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

23日欲の陥り易くして
凡そ欲の陥り易くして悔い難きものは、多く忽せにする所にあり。
安政三年六月十日「講孟剳記」

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No Place for Resenting Heaven and Blaming Others

Even if you are poor and lowly, even if you face severe hardship, be calm in managing yourself. There is no place for resenting Heaven or blaming others.
The Second Year of Ansei, The Ninth of August. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

21日天を怨み人を尤むる所なし
己れを処するは貧賤の極り、艱難の甚しきと云へども、雍々是れに処り、一も天を怨み人を尤むる所なし。
安政二年八月六日「講孟箚記」

Affliction Under Heaven

There is affliction under heaven, and the reason for this afflication is unkown. If we know even slightly the reason for this affliction, how can we fail to enact a plan about this. We should act.
The Fifth Year of Ansei, 6th Day of the New Year. “Words of a Crazed Man”

5日天下の大患は
天下の大患は、其の大患たる所以を知らざるに在り。苟も大患の大患たる所以を知らば、寧んぞ之れが計を為さざるを得んや。
安政五年正月六日「狂夫の言」