“Those who appreciate true valour should in their daily intercourse set gentleness first and aim to win the love and esteem of others. If you affect valour and act with violence, the world will in the end detest you and look upon you as wild beasts. Of this you should take heed.”
Emperor Meiji (1852 to 1912), Rescript to Soldiers and Sailors, 04 January 1883
Meiji, in full Meiji Tennō, personal name Mutsuhito, Emperor of Japan from 1867 to 1912, during whose reign Japan was dramatically transformed from a feudal country into one of the great powers of the modern world.