Cultivate Himself

Worldly praise rarely is something that matches the truth. However, if the heart fears slander and implores for praise, you will pay attention to all the superficial words and your daily acts of sincerity will become rare. For this reason, it is the duty of a gentleman to cultivate himself and endeavour towards truth.
The Second Year of Ansei, the Seventh of September. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”


Saints are Esteemed For

Saints and sages are esteemed not for their words, but for thier works. Do not waste time with so many words, but pile up sincerity!
The Third Year of Ansei, The Second of June. “Commenting on the Works of Kusakasei.”


Nothing But a Word of Sincerity

Both the way of Heaven and the study of piety are nothing but a single word of sincerity… First is said to be truth. Second is said to be the first. Third is said to be eternity… For this reason, when one does not to keep starting and stoping, but continuously practices the truth and the first, it is eternity.
The Sixth Year of Kaei, August. “A Selfish Word for Leaders.”