Jia Yi (c. 201-169 BCE)
“Comprehending Fate and free of sorrow,
The man of virtue heeds no bonds.
Petty matters, weeds and thorns-
What are they to me?”
- Excerpt of a poem by Jia Yi, included in the Records of the Grand Historian (Shi Ji, 84) by Sima Qian (c. 145-90 BCE). Translated by Burton Watson (Columbia University Press, 1993).