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).