Zhufu Yan (recorded by Sima Qian)


Zhufu Yan (c. 2nd century BCE)

“Any real man knows that there are only two alternatives in life—to succeed and dine from rich cauldrons, or to fail and end by being boiled alive in them.”

  • A quote attributed to Zhufu Yan in the Records of the Grand Historian (Shi Ji, 112) by Sima Qian. Translated by Burton Watson (Columbia University Press, 1993).

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