Sima Xiangru

Sima Xiangru (c. 179-117 BCE)

“The common folk are terrified by the start of anything extraordinary, but when it has reached completion, the whole world enjoys the benefit thereof.”

  • 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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