Sima Qian


Sima Qian (c. 145-87 BCE)

“Wise men make laws, stupid men are constrained by them. Worthy men change rites, unworthy men merely cling to them.”

  • Saying attributed Gongsun Yang in the Records of the Grand Historian (Shi Ji 68), by Sima Qian. Translated by Burton Watson (Columbia University Press, 1993).

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