Passing Mount Thai, Confucius came on a woman who was weeping bitterly by a grave. The Master sent Tze-lu to question her. "Your wailing," said he, "is that of one who has suffered sorrow on sorrow." She replied, "That is so. Long ago my husband's father was killed here by a tiger. My husband was also killed, and now my son has died in the same way." The Master said, "Why do you not leave the place?" The answer was, "There is no oppressive government here." The Master then said, "Remember this my children: oppressive government is more terrible than tigers."
-The Sayings of Confucius