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.”

5日斯道の塞がる所以
近時、風俗澆薄にして教化陵遅し、書を読む人は天下に満つれども、道を求むる者は絶えてなくして僅かにあり。而して其の自らを是とし自ら高ぶり、先知は已に肯へて後知を覚さず、後覚も亦肯へて先覚を師とせず。是は斯道の塞がる所以にして、志士の憂うる所以なり。
安政二年九月十八日「太華山縣先生に与へて講孟劄記の評を乞書」

Chivalry

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.”

22日義侠世群に絶す
天下の士に貴ぶところは、人の為に糾紛を解くにあり。而も肯へて取るあらず、義侠世群に絶す。
安政五年正月四日「新年三十短古」

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.”

8日進むこと鋭き者は
其の進むこと鋭き者は、其の退くこと速かなりと。已むべき於いて却って已めず、薄くする所に於て却って厚くする者、一旦の奮激にてすることにして、真に誠より発し終始衰へざる者に非ず。故に其の進鋭の時に方りては、已めざる者も厚き者も或は及ばざることあり。而して其の退くの速やかなる、時去り勢変じ、索然跡なきに至る。
安政三年五月二十九日「講孟箚記」

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.”

20日心なり
俗論の見る所は形の上なり。君子の論ずる所は心なり。
安政二年八月六日「講孟箚記」

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.”

17日当に磊々落々として
大丈夫書を読み道を学ぶには、其の志を立つること当に磊々落々として流俗の表に樹立すべきなり、何すれぞ区々碌々とし止まんや。
弘化四年「平田先生に与ふる書」