1. "During the Qin Dynasty, all books not relating to practical concerns such as agriculture or construction were ordered burned by the emperor to guard against "dangerous thought." Whether accounts of zombie attacks perished in the flames will never be known. This obscure section of a medical manuscript, preserved in the wall of an executed Chinese scholar, might be proof of such attacks."
- Max Brooks, The Zombie Survival Guide
2. "The Chinese state, from the days of the Qin, was an efficient, bureaucratized autocracy. Yet to this day, China has never developed the rule of law. Its emperors, and now the Chinese politburo, make the law but are not accountable to it and do not have to obey it themselves. China can always force its people to build a Great Wall or its equivalent."
- Nicholas Wade, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes
3. "Therefore, when Ziqi died, Boya, realizing that no one else would understand his music as well as his friend, smashed his qin at Ziqi’s grave and sighed, Why play the qin when there’s no more zhiyin to understand my music! From then on, the term zhiyin had been used to describe soul mates. Precious Orchid, Qing Zhen looked at me intently while a solitary bird soared behind him in the vast sky, you realize how lucky we are? Most people search all their life for a zhiyin but never find one. We’re not only lovers; we’re also zhiyin. Though I was used to compliments from men and usually did not take them seriously, this one from Qing Zhen touched a silk string in my heart."
- Mingmei Yip, Peach Blossom Pavilion
4. "Deng explained to his hosts that he had come to Japan for three reasons: to exchange documents ratifying the Treaty of Peace and Friendship; to express China's appreciation to Japanese friends who in recent decades had dedicated themselves to improving Sino-Japanese relations; and like Xu Fu, to find a secret magic drug. Japanese listeners laughed, for they were familiar with the story of Xu Fu, who, 2,200 years earlier, on behalf of Emperor Qin, had been dispatched to Japan to find a drug that would bring eternal life. Deng went on to explain that what he really meant by the magic drug was the secret of how to modernize. He said he wanted to learn about modern technology and management."
- Ezra F. Vogel, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China