Begin at Home and With Yourself

There is no profit in becoming indignant in vain. Furthermore, matters under Heaven begin at home and with yourself.
The Fifth Year of Ansei, A Lucky Day of the New Year. “Appended to the notice by Lord Akinari of Mito”

19日天下の事は身家より始まる
徒らに憤るも益なし、且つ天下の事は身家より始まると。
安政五年正月吉日「水戸斉昭卿の壁書に跋す」

ie: First live righteously yourself, and put your own house in order, then you can worry about the rest of the world.

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A Gentleman Will Die to Do Good

A gentleman will die to do even the slightest good. So why is it considered wisdom to always protect your own self first?
The Sixth Year of Ansei, the Fourth of March. “A Song of Vigilance.”

12日士苟も正を得て斃る
士苟も正を得て斃る、何ぞ必ずしも明哲、身を保たん。
安政六年三月四日「自警の詩」