The Cause of Sorrow

In modern times, our customs have become frivolous and educated culture is slowly dying. Although there are many under Heaven who read, there are few who unceasingly seek the Way. Furthermore, people are happy with this and hold themselves haughtily. Those already wise do not venture to help wake up those not yet wise. And those not yet wise, too, do not look to those already wise as teachers. The cause of the blocking off of this path is also the cause of great men’s sorrow.
The Second Year of Ansei, the 18th of September. “A Letter to Master Taika Yamagata Begging a Commentary on the Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”




Gentlemen under Heaven value untangling the disorder (of this world) for the sake of others. Furthermore, this chivalry is unimaginable in the crowd of society.
The Fifth Year of Ansei, The Fourth of the New Year. “30 Short Ancient-Style Poems for the New Year.”


Those Keen To Advance

It is said that those who are keen to advance are quick to retreat. When they should stop, they do not. When they should be reserved, they are overly warm. They act with a fleeting enthusiasm; acting with true sincerity that withers by the end. Thus those keen to advance, those who don’t stop, those overly warm are not really up to the task. Never the less, that quickness to retreat recedes with time; the energy is transformed, without leaving even a trace of it.
The Third Year of Ansei, Th 29th of May. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”


The Heart

The surface apperance is what popular opinion sees. The heart is what a wise man speaks of.
The Second Year of Ansei, The Sixth of August. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”


Certainly with an Open Heart

Studying on the path of reading fine books, you should certainly have this resolve with an open heart, and establish a face in the secular world. Why? So you can cease fussing over trivial matters.
The Fourth Year of Kouka, “Writing Given to Hirata-Sensei.”