Qin Shi Huang
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- The reason why All-under-Heaven suffers bitterly from endless wars is because of the existence of feudal lords and kings. A reliance on ancestral temples initially brought stability, but the revival of states results in the spread of soldiers. Doing so will never bring about stability!
- I have collected all the writings of the Empire and burnt those which were of no use.
- As quoted in The Tyrants: 2500 Years of Absolute Power and Corruption (2006) by Clive Foss, p. 10, ISBN 1905204965
Quotes about Qin Shi Huang
- Ch'in Shih-huang is going to die!
He opened my door,
And sat on my floor,
He drank my gravy,
And wanted some more.
He sipped my wine,
And couldn't tell what for;
I'll bend my bow,
And shoot him at the wall.
When he arrives at Shach'iu,
Then he is going to fall!
- "Ballad that the oppressed people of China composed" expressing "great delight" at the news of Qin Shi Huang's death, "the builder of the Great Wall and the tyrant, who, while he lived, made 'libellous thoughts in the belly' punishable by death, burned the Confucian books and buried hundreds of Confucian scholars alive", as reported and quoted in Lin Yutang's A History of the Press and Public Opinion in China (1936), p. 23, and in The Importance of Living (1937), pp. 39–40.
- Qin Shi Huang, also called Shi Huangdi ['First Emperor'] unified China, laying the foundations for what became a vast and enduring state. He founded the short-lived Qin [pronounced 'chin'] Dynasty whose name is the origin of 'China.' He created a centrally-controlled, efficient administration, bound his realm together with new road and canal systems, and defended it with long walls. Yet he ruled with extraordinary brutality.
- Clive Foss, The Tyrants: 2500 Years of Absolute Power and Corruption, London: Quercus Publishing, 2006, ISBN 1905204965, p. 148
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