Retainers Today

Retainers today know how to speak carefully to their lord, but know not how to befriend him. They know how to respect their lord, but know not how to love him.
The Fifth Year of Ansei, the Sixth of the New Year. “Words of a Lunatic.”

17日今の大臣は
今の大臣が君を厳ることを知りて君に親しむことを知らず、君を敬することを知りて君を愛することを知らず。
安政五年正月六日「狂夫の言」

Seven Vassals Who Will Argue

Chou Kou Chi…said, “If the Son of Heaven has seven vassals who will argue with him, then though the road might disappear, all under Heaven cannot be lost.” Those moralist teachers cannot reach this sort of keen insight even in their dreams.
The Third Year of Ansei, the 24th of October. “Essays by a Quiet Window.”

14日争臣七人あらば
趙弘智(中略)曰く、「天子に争臣七人あらば、無道と雖も天下を失はず」と。是れ等の活眼、道学先生の夢想だに及ばざる所なり。
安政三年十月二十四日「幽窓随筆」