Enjoy the Way

Enjoy the way of wisdom, do good to yourself, be content with your position in life, and do what you should do.
The Third Year of Ansei, The Eighth of March. “Reading the Poems of Bai Juyi.”

5日道を楽しみ
道を楽しみ身を善くし分に安んじ遇に随ふ。
安政三年三月八日「白楽天の詩を読む」

That is Only Virtue

Gentlemen who have reached their aims should help those under Heaven do good. Gentlemen who are in poverty should individually do good themselves. After having the resolve to do good oneself, then one can do the work of helping others do good. When poverty continues, and then one establishes a resolve to do such work; that is only virtue.
The Second Year of Ansei Fourth Day of July, “An Explanation of Yuurin’s Courtesy Name, Virtue.”

28日其れ徳のみ
士、達しては天下を兼ね善くし、窮しては其の身を独り善くす。独善の志ありて、而して後兼善の業あり。窮達を貫きて而して志業を成すもの、其れ徳のみ。
安政二年七月四日「徳、字は有隣の説」