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76th Verse ~ Living the Love and Wisdom of the Tao

Posted by Thuy Dam on

"I choose to be strong by being soft and pliable rather than inflexible, brittle, and hard." 

 

A man is born gentle and weak; at his death he is hard and stiff. All things, including the grass and trees are soft and pliable in life; dry and brittle in death. 

Stiffness is thus a companion of death; flexibility a companion of life. An army that cannot yield will be defeated. A tree that cannot bend will crack in the wind. The hard and stiff will be broken; the soft and supple will prevail. 

 


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