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史记 Shǐ Records of the Grand Historian, by 司馬遷|司马迁[Si1 ma3 Qian1], first of the 24 dynastic histories 二十四史[Er4 shi2 si4 Shi3]
民不聊生 mín liáo shēng The people have no way to make a living (idiom, from Record of the Grand Historian 史記|史记[Shi3 ji4]) / no way of getting by
太史公 Tài shǐ gōng Grand Scribe, the title by which Sima Qian 司馬遷|司马迁[Si1 ma3 Qian1] refers to himself in Records of the Historian 史記|史记[Shi3 ji4]
司马迁 Qiān Sima Qian (145-86 BC), Han Dynasty historian, author of Records of the Grand Historian 史記|史记[Shi3 ji4], known as the father of Chinese historiography
渤澥桑田 xiè sāng tián lit. blue seas where once was mulberry fields (idiom, from 史記|史记[Shi3 ji4], Record of the Grand Historian); time brings great changes / life's vicissitudes
道高益安,势高益危 dào gāo ān , shì gāo wēi More moral strength increases one's safety, more power and influence increases one's danger (idiom, from Records of the Historian 史記|史记). cf Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it (William Pitt the Elder, 1770).


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