TAO TE CHING 69

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Military strategists

Have a saying:

“I do not play host

But act as guest

I dare not advance an inch

But retreat a foot”

 

This is known as

Advancing without advancing

Seizing without arms

Confronting without opposing

Controlling without weapons

 

There is no greater calamity

Than underestimating one’s enemies

Underestimate your opponent

And you come close to losing your honour

Therefore, when two armies

Oppose one another

The sides that wins, grieves

And the side that grieves, wins

 

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