Posted by Sphinx on December 09, 2003
We say live by one's hands, by fishing, farming... but never by example! See the original text?
Ba Jin live by example. He is one of the few writers in China who has never lived on government pay, saying he didn't want to earn fame or money from his books. "I'm like a silkworm," he once said. "As long as I have leaves of mulberry to eat, I must produce silk to make the world warmer."