Think to Become Excellent

Currently, in guessing at average people’s sentiments, they of course love good and hate evil. However, they probably only think that as they are supposed to as normal people. Of a hundred, thousand, or ten thousand people, those who think to become excellent are by far few.
The Second Year of Ansei, The Ninth of August. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

22日百人千人万人に傑出せん
今、常人の通情を察するに、善を好み悪を悪むは固よりなれども、大抵十人竝の人とならんと思ふ迄にて、百人千人万人に傑出せんと思ふ者更に少なし。
安政二年八月九日「講孟箚記」