Nothing More Important

On the Way of the Warrior, there is nothing more important than righteousness (gi). Righteousness is acting with courage. Courage is growing in righteousness.
The Second Year of Ansei, March. “7 Standard Rules of Gentlemen.”

1日義より大だるはなし
士の道は義より大だるはなし。義は勇に因りて行われ、勇は義に因りて長ず。
安政二年三月「士規七則」

Without Courage

Even if a person possess benevolence and wisdom, if they lack courage even a little, they can not do anything useful.
The Third Year of Ansei, the 20th of May. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

22日勇なくんば
人苟も勇なくんば、仁智並びに用をなさざるなり。
安政三年五月二十日「講孟箚記」

I Desire a Small Heart

I love the words: my desire is a small [ie, a prudent] heart, but a large liver [ie, the seat of courage].
The Third Year of Kouka, Spring. “Answering the Criticising of Guests.”

5日心は少ならんことを欲
吾れ心は少ならんことを欲し、胆は大ならんことを欲すの語を愛す。
弘化三年春「客の難ずるに答ふ」