Under Heaven

Nothing is more

Gentle and yielding than water

Yet when it comes to attacking the firm and strong

Nothing overcomes them so surpassingly

For this reason

Among all things

Nothing can take its place

The flexible overcomes the inflexible

The soft overcomes the hard

Under Heaven

There is no one that does not know this

Yet none are able to act upon it

Therefore the sage says:

To bear a country’s humiliations

Is to be enshrined as Lord of the Land

And suffering a country’s misfortunes

Makes you king of All Below Heaven”


Word of truth appear in paradox



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