By Accident

People everywhere express their emotions only by accident. Why must we be so reserved? When we are reserved like this, we are merely holding back our true self, merely stacking up sincerity.
The Third Year of Ansei, The Fourth of June. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

13日心ならずの所に
都て人は心ならずの所に心情は発するものなり。慎まざるべけんや。是れを慎まんとならば、亦平素独りを慎み誠を積むにあるのみ。
安政三年六月四日「講孟箚記」

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All Sincerity

People have only sincerity. With sincerity, they attend their fathers with filial piety, attend their lords with loyalty, and associate with their friends with fidelity. This has many different names, but in the end they are all sincerity.
The Third Year of Ansei, The 29th of May. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

2日畢竟一誠なり
人唯だ一誠あり、以て父に事ふれば孝、君に事ふれば忠、友に交はれば信。此の類千百、名を異にすれども、畢竟一誠なり。
安政三年五月二十九日「講孟箚記」

Sincerity is Valued

When a gentleman acts, acting with sincerity is valued.
The Sixth Year of Ansei, the Latter of Feburary. “A Letter to Irie Sugizou.”

12日真心を行ふを貴ぶ
男子事を立つる、真心を行ふを貴ぶ。
安政六年二月上旬「入江杉蔵あて書翰」

Faithful Until the Last Years

When a country is strong and her power flourishes, everyone strives with sincerity. When a country is weak and her power wanes, people’s resolve is altered, they surrender to the enemy, and those who would sell their own lords out are not few. For this reason, unless one has those who are faithful until the last years of life, isn’t any amount of wits, smarts, knowledge, or skills insufficient compared to respect? Those faithful to bright lords are not rare, but those faithful to dim lords are truly faithful.
The Second Year of Ansei, The Twelfth of November. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

1日晩節を全うするに非ざれば
国強く勢盛んなる時は、孰れも忠勤を励むものあり。国衰へ勢去るに至りては、志を変じ敵に降り主を売る類寡からず。故に人は晩節を全うするに非ざれば、何程才知学芸ありと雖も、亦何ぞ尊ぶに足らんや。明主に忠あるは珍しからず、暗主に忠なるこそ真忠なれ。
安政二年十一月十二日「講孟箚記」