Sima Xiangru

Sima Xiangru (179-117 BCE)

“In this world there must first be extraordinary men before there can be extraordinary deeds, and there must be extraordinary deeds before extraordinary results can be achieved”

  • An excerpt from a letter written by Sima Xiangru included in the Records of the Grand Historian (Shi Ji, 117) by Sima Qian. Translated by Burton Watson (Columbia University Press, 1993).

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