The Nature of People

It is the nature of people to exert themselves when things are difficult, but to slack off when things go well.
The Fourth Year of Ansei, The 25th of March. “Presented to NAKAMURA Risaburou.”

22日人情は
人情は困しめば即ち振るひ、得れば即ち怠る。
安政四年三月二十五日「中村理三郎に贈る」

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Due to the People

Mountains are verdant due to their trees. Countries are prosperous due to their people.
The Second Year of Ansei, The 13th of September. “Letter in return to Yanosuke”

20日人を以て
山は樹を以て茂り、国は人を以て盛なりと。
安政二年九月十三日「矢之介に復する書」