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...If their value were in any respect such as we have reason to expect from the man's character, this would be a loss not easy to exaggerate. It is still wonderful to the Japanese how far he contrived to push these explorations; a cultured gentleman of that land and period would leave a complimentary poem wherever he had been hospitably entertained; and a friend of Mr. Masaki, who was likewise a great wanderer, has found such traces of Yoshida's passage in very remote regions of Japan.Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.but Yoshida considered otherwise, and he studied the miseries of his fellow- countrymen with as much attention and research as though he had been going to write a book instead of merely to propose a remedy. To a man of his intensity and singleness, there is no question but that this survey was melancholy in the extreme. His dissatisfaction is proved by the eagerness with which he threw himself into the cause of reform; and what would have discouraged another braced Yoshida for his... Stevenson, Robert Louis
Source: ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, Yoshida-Torajiro, Familiar Studies of Men and Books, p. 175 . · Excerpt from Familiar Studies of Men and Books · This quote is about politics · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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