Cause of Extravagance and Laziness

Nothing causes the decay of literary and martial skills more than extravagance and laziness. Nothing causes extravagance and laziness more than such a home.
The Fifth Year of Ansei, the Sixth of the New Year. “Words of a Lunatic.”

16日奢怠の原は
文武の荒は奢怠に如くものなし。奢怠の原は居所に如くものなし。
安政五年正月六日「狂夫の言」

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Talented People

As a gentleman, teaching others is no different than a lord utilizing people. The way a lord utilizes people is to appoint very talented people as leaders with heavy responsibilities from the start. Then through that person and your own streneous efforts, strong loyalty is expressed. It is like the transformation caused by Autumn rain. If very talented people are utilized for trivial duties, that person will certainly become bored and neglectful, and less than useful. This is also so when teaching people.
The Third Year of Ansei. The 29th of May. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

11日大才能の人は
君子の人を教ふるは、人君の人を用ふると異なることなし。人を用ふるの法、大才能の人は初めより大任住職を命ず。而して其の人亦自ら奮厲し、大いに其の忠思を舒ぶること、猶ほ時雨の化するが如し。若し大才能の人を瑣事賎役に役使すれば、其の人必ず厭怠して之れが用たらず。教も亦然り。
安政三年五月二十九日「講孟箚記」

Those Whose Circumstances are the Opposite

Those for whom circumstances are all aligned easily become neglectful. Those whose circumstances are the opposite are easily encouraged.
The Second Year of Ansei, Autumn. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

11日境逆なる者は
境、順なる者は怠り易く、境逆なる者は励み易し。
安政二年秋「講孟箚記」