Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Let Us Cease from Wrath

Prince Shōtoku (574-622), Seventeen-Article Constitution, from Article X, tr. W.G. Aston, Nihongi, Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to A.D. 697, Vol. I (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., Limited, 1896 = Transactions and Proceedings of the Japan Society, Supplement I), p. 131:
Let us cease from wrath, and refrain from angry looks. Nor let us be resentful when others differ from us. For all men have hearts, and each heart has its own leanings. Their right is our wrong, and our right is their wrong.

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