Under heaven nothing is more soft and yielding than water.


Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – chapter 78

Under heaven nothing is more soft and yielding than water.

Yet for attacking the solid and strong, nothing is better;

It has no equal.

The weak can overcome the strong;

The supple can overcome the stiff.

Under heaven everyone knows this,

Yet no one puts it into practice.

Therefore the sage says:

He who takes upon himself the humiliation of the people

is fit to rule them.

He who takes upon himself the country’s disasters deserves

to be king of the universe.

The truth often seems paradoxical.

(translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English)

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