a student regulates his work…

To conclude, most of us were then actually putting all our energy into our studies without any definite assurance of the future. Yet this lack of future hope was indeed fortunate for us, for it made us better students than those in Yedo [Tokyo]. From this fact I am convinced that the students of the present day, too, do not get the best results from their education if they are too much concerned about their future. Of course, it is not very commendable either, to attend school without any serious purpose. But, as I say, if a student regulates his work too much with the idea of future usefulness, or of making money, then he will miss what should be the most valuable part of his education. During one’s school life, one should make the school work his chief concern.

Yukichi Fukuzawa (C19.CE), The Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa, translated by Eiichi Kiyooka, Columbia University Press, 2007,  p.92

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