Ji Anlived at the time of Emperor Wudi of the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D.24). He all matters in personal behaviour and in being an official. He perial court transferred him to the central government from being the perfect of the Donghai Prefecture to being a commander in charge of the appointment and dismissal of the local officals.
Once,Emperor Wudi said that he plement the policy of benevolence and justice of Confucianism and peror Wudi Had hardly finished his remards peror to say so.Why should the emperor bother,Ji An said, about pretending to implement the policy of benevolence and justice since he self? This choked the emperor off. The emperor suddenly Changed his countenance and declared the meeting over. All the civilian and military officers at court ight bring disaster upon himself because of this. After returning, Emperor Wudi said to the people around him that Ji An oted again. When he mander i
n charge of the appointment and dismissal of the local officials, both Gongsun Hong and Zhang Tang portance. Later ,they oted continuously. Gongsun Hong became the prime minister and Zhang Tang became the imperial censor. Hoained thesame. One day, Ji An said to Emperor Wudi that the peror used his ministers eant that the latecomers surpassed the old-timers. Of course, Emperor Wudi could see that Ji An plaining. So,turning to his ministers, Emperor Wudi said, "It is true that no one can stop learning.You see, Ji An is making more and more indiscreet remarks."
This story comes from The Historical Records. Later generations use the set phrase "the latecomers surpass the old-timers " to indicate that successors can cxcel the predecessors, the original idea ers surpassed the old-timers.