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Fukuzawa Yukichi, The Autobiography of Fukuzawa Yukichi

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…I said that I was determined to kill a man… and I said I knew how to do it. Perhaps that gave the impression that I was a warrior and a lover of swords. But the truth is quite the opposite. My one cherished hope was to see the abolishment of the swords of the samurai altogether.
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Fukuzawa Yukichi, The Autobiography of Fukuzawa Yukichi

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I think I have made it clear that I never intended to make enemies. But in an age when anti-foreign sentiment was running high, it was unavoidable that in my position as an advocate of open intercourse and free adoption of Western culture, I should make some adversaries. It is not too much to have enemies who attack by means of words and epithets. But to have enemies who would resort to violent means is a different matter. Nothing can be worse, more unsettling, more generally fearful, than this shadow of assassination. No one without the actual experience can really imagine it. It is something indescribable by any artifice of the writing brush. When there is some physical ailment or some definite soreness in the body, one can describe it to his wife or friend, but in regard to assassination, one cannot ask for sympathy even from those nearest him, for when told, they would worry about it even more than the one in immediate danger, and their anxiety would not relieve the situation in any way. I was not guilty of any crime, and it was no shame to be singled out by the ruffians, but feeling that there was not use in communicating an unpleasant possibility, I bore the anxiety by myself.
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Fukuzawa Yukichi, The Autobiography of Fukuzawa Yukichi

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In my interpretation of education, I try to be guided by the laws of nature and I try to coordinate all the physical actions of human beings by the very simple laws of ‘number and reason.’ In spiritual or moral training, I regard the human being as the most sacred and responsible of all orders, unable in reason to do anything base. Therefore, in self-respect, a man cannot change his sense of humanity, his justice, his loyalty or anything belonging to his manhood even when driven by circumstances to do so. In short, my creed is that a man should bind his faith in independence and self-respect.
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Fukuzawa Yukichi, The Autobiography of Fukuzawa Yukichi

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I never told anyone of the dire, helpless state of my mind at that time. But I am going to confess it now. Watching the unfortunate condition of the country, I feared in reality that we might not be able to hold our own against foreign aggressiveness. Yet there was no one in all the land with whom I could talk over my anxiety - no one anywhere, east, west, north or south, as I searched. I seemed alone in my anxiety and I knew I did not have the power to save my country.
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Fandom: Bungo Stray Dogs 

Ship: Fukuzawa Yukichi x Chuuya Nakahara // Dazai Osamu x Chuuya Nakahara

Title: Lies In The Dark 

Rated: Explicit // Please read the tags

Ao3 linkhttps://archiveofourown.org/works/24087874

Words: 2,876

Summary: This meeting shouldn’t be happening, they are both aware of the risk and it adds an extra layer of desire to finally release their internal struggle.And this is the last time they will do this because Chuuya is setting on ahead to accept Dazai in his life back again.

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Fukuzawa Yukichi, The Autobiography of Fukuzawa Yukichi

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On my second journey to America, I had received a much larger allowance than on the previous one. With all my expenses being paid by the government, I was able to purchase a good number of books. I bought many dictionaries of different kinds, texts on geography, history, law, economics, mathematics, and every sort I could secure. They were for the most part the first copies to be brought to Japan, and now with this large library I was able to let each of my student’s use the originals for study. This was certainly and unheard-of convenience - that all students could have the actual books instead of manuscript copies for their use.
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Fukuzawa Yukichi, The Autobiography of Fukuzawa Yukichi

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The reason the rōnin included us in their attack was that they thought we scholars who read foreign books and taught foreign culture were liars misleading the people and opening the way for Westerners to exploit Japan. So we also became their prey… Whenever I seemed to grow a little bolder and to make something of a venture in my own field, then the rōnin would seem stronger and more active…. All students and interpreters of Western languages continually risked their lives. Yet I could not think of giving up my major interest nor my chosen studies. I decided it would be useless to worry over the predicament. The only thing left was to be moderate in speech and manner, and not to discuss social or political problems to openly, or with anyone I did not know well. So having resolved on this, I lived as discreetly as possible, and spent my time in translating and writing.
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Fukuzawa Yukichi, The Autobiography of Fukuzawa Yukichi

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Before we sailed, the interpreter, Nakahama, and I each bought a copy of Webster’s dictionary. This, I know, was the very first importation of Webster’s into Japan. Once I had secured this valuable work, I felt no disappointment on leaving the new world and returning home again.
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Fukuzawa Yukichi, The Autobiography of Fukuzawa Yukichi

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I thought I could well sympathize with the Japanese bride. Her new family welcomes her and does everything to make her comfortable. One laughs with her; another engages her in conversation - all happy with the new addition to the family. In the midst of all this the bride has to sit trying to look pleasant, but in hr efforts she goes on making mistakes and blushing every time. Before leaving Japan, I, the independent soul - a care-free student who could look the world in the face - had feared nothing. But on arriving in America, I was turned suddenly into a shy, self conscious, blushing ‘bride.’ The contrast was indeed funny, even to myself.
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