Short Period of Time

In modern times, those who study learning rely upon their own youthfulness, postponing the taking of action for some other day. Without realizing it, life passes “like chance of a white chess piece.” Even if you live to a hundred years of age, it is a truly short period of time.
The Third Year of Ansei, the Fourteenth of May. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

16日暫時の間なり
今世学問をする者己れの年少を恃み、何事も他日と推延ぶる者あり、殊て知らず、人生一世間、白駒の隙を過ぐるが如し、仮令百年の命を全くすとも、誠に暫時の間なり。
安政三年五月十四日「講孟箚記」

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In Tempering Your Character

In tempering your character, you must certainly not idle away your spare time.
The Second Year of Ansei, The 24th of April. “A Letter Given to Seikyou.”

2日自ら淬厲して
自ら淬厲して、敢へて暇逸することなかれ。
安政二年四月二十四日「清狂に与ふる書」

No Time To Be Frivolous

The flower blooms and then falls. The sun shines and then sets. A man is healthy and then grows feeble. Within a hundred years time, there is an urgency to work hard and no time to be frivolous.
The Third Year of Kouka, February. “A Record of Plum Blossoms.”

25日游優の暇なし
花、闌なれば即ち落ち、日、中すれば即ち昃く。人、壮なれば即ち老ゆ。百年の間、勉の急ありて游優の暇なし。
弘化三年二月「観梅の記」

Those Who Aspire to a True Path

Those who aspire to a true path most certainly don’t have the time for things like falling into womanizing, poetry, and carousing.
The Third Year of Ansei, 25th Day of March. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer”

7日真に道に志す者
花柳詩酒に陥る如きは、道に志す者の必ず暇あらざる所なり。
安政三年三月二十五日「講孟箚記」