About life and toil

Shida Kichinosuke said, “At first it is an oppressive thing to run until one is breathless. But it is an extraordinarily good feeling when one is standing around after the running. More than that, it is even better to sit down. More than that, it is even better to lie down. And more than that, to put down a pillow and sleep soundly is even better. A man s whole life should be like this. To exert oneself to a great extent when one is young and then to sleep when he is old or at the point of death is the way it should be. But to first sleep and then exert oneself… To exert oneself to the end, and to end one’s whole life in toll is regrettable.” Shimomura Rokurouemon told this story. A saying of Kichinosuke’s that is similar to this is, “A man’s life should be as toilsome as possible.”

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