I have collected all the writings of the Empire and burnt those which were of no use.
Qin Shi Huang (秦始皇. trans. Qin First Emperor) (259 BC – 210 BC) was the first Emperor of China and the foundation of Qin dynasty.
- The reason why China 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