Jia Yi (c. 201-169 BCE)
“Now the dullard gains favor and fame;
the slanderers and the toady have their way.
The wise and sage they turn aside;
The upright they have toppled over.”
- Excerpt of Jia Yi’s poem, “A Lament for Qu Yuan” included in the Records of the Grand Historian (Shi Ji, 84) by Sima Qian. Translated by Burton Watson (Columbia University Press, 1993).