Admonish Yourself

How is it that those who remonstrate with others do not admonish their own selves?
The Fourth Year of Ansei, the Eighth of June. “Essays by a Quiet Window”


Do Not Judge Others by Your Self

Do not judge others by your own self. Do not discount a hundred acts because of one act. Notice people’s strengths, and ignore their shortcomings. If you forget the end, you can sense the intentions of the heart. Like this, wherever under Heaven you might go, how would you not find good neighbors!
The Second Year of Ansei, The Fourth of July. “Virtue, An Explanation of Courtesy Name of Yuurin (lit. Having-Neighbors)”


Do Not Hinder Others

Do not hinder those around you. Do not be impolite. Do not put forth too many words.
The Third Year of Ansei, After August. “The Complete Book of Teachings for Warriors.”


Follow Your Own Way

Another will find it difficult to follow your way after replacing his own way with it. Even more so and in the same manner, we ourselves should never try to follow another’s way.
The Third Year of Ansei, the Tenth of June. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”


Look Only at the Good

In our everyday life, although our actions are without kindness or respect, although our words are without honesty or truth, since we are exceedingly weak, cowardly, and foolish by god-given nature, normally people cannot go against that. So do not look for the bad in others, but look only at their good.
The Third Year of Ansei, the Seventh of June. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”


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.”


Straightfoward and Earnest

If you respect the father of others, they will respect your own father. If you respect the brother of others, they will respect your own brother. The principle under Heaven is to act straightforward and earnest, just like this.
The Third Year of Ansei, The Fourth of June. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”


The Good or Bad I’ve Done

Though people in this world may talk about the good or bad I’ve done, only God knows my heart.
The First Year of Ansei, The Nineteenth of April. “A Letter to Shirai Kosuke.”


I am I

You are you; I am I. Others can say whatever they like.
The Second Year of Ansei, The 27th of June. “Minutes From the Head Lecturer.”


The Way of Relating With Others

Generally, in the Way of relating with others, if you are offended, you should immediately and straightforwardly tell them this. If you cannot straightforwardly tell them, it is better to not be offended at all…. The heart of a gentleman is like heaven. Although it gives forth the thunder of anger when offended, when that is resolved, the clouds recede and it again becomes like the clear and bright heavens, without even a bit of offense remaining in the heart. This virtue of gentlemen is a strength like the sun.
The Second Year of Ansei, The 21st of November. “Minutes From the Head Lecturer.”