Tao Te – 78

water – nothing softer yielding
excellent for assaulting strong solids
the best
weak overtakes strong
supple outlasts rigidity
everywhere on earth this is known
yet it is not applied in lives
a wise one says
receive the grief of the people to guide them
receive a country’s failings
become fit to engage the heavens and earth
such wisdom is not as paradoxical as it seems

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