Sima Qian

 

Sima Qian (145-90 BCE)

“Jostling and joyous,
The whole world comes after profit;
Racing and rioting,
After profit the whole world goes!”

  • A poetic saying recorded in the Records of the Grand Historian (Shi Ji 129) by Sima Qian. Translated by Burton Watson (Columbia University Press, 1993).
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