With Great Scholars and Teachers

A scholarly administration does not always improve. Merely, when there are great scholars and great teachers, literature must flourish. When there are talented knights and moral soldiers, the martial arts must prosper.
The Second Year of Ansei, July. “Prison Q&A.”

6日碩学鉅師あらば
学政必ずしも改めず、唯だ碩学鉅師あらば文興らざるを得ず、材士良兵あらば武隆ならざるを得ず。
安政二年七月「獄舎問答」

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What Is Called Studying

The Way of Learning is usually pursued until the day you die. If you halt half way through before your death, then you throw away everything you worked for before. If you do not continually advance your learning, you will most certainly fall back. As the sun rises and then the moon, to avoid regrets the day you die, that should be called studying.
The Third Year of Ansei, The 23rd of May. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

25日学と云ふものは
凡そ学問の道死して後已む。若し未だ死せずして半途にして先づ廃すれば、前功皆棄つるものなり。学と云ふものは進まざれば必ず退く。故に日に進み、月に漸み、遂に死すとも悔ゆることなくして、始めて学と云ふべし。
安政三年五月二十三日「講孟箚記」