Sima Qian


Sima Qian (145-90 BCE)

“A man has only one death. That death may be as weighty as Mount Tai, or it may be as light as a goose feather. It all depends on the way he uses it.”

  • From Sima Qian’s letter to Ren An, in the Records of the Grand Historian (Shi Ji), by Sima Qian. Translated by Burton Watson (Columbia University Press, 1993).


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