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Tao Te Ching Chapter 78 | Lao-Tzu | Comparative Translations

The Way of Virtue





There is nothing in the world more soft and weak than water, and yet for attacking things that are firm and strong there is nothing that can take precedence of it;--for there is nothing (so effectual) for which it can be changed.


Every one in the world knows that the soft overcomes the hard, and the weak the strong, but no one is able to carry it out in practice.


Therefore a sage has said,

'He who accepts his state's reproach,

Is hailed therefore its altars' lord;

To him who bears men's direful woes

They all the name of King accord.'


Words that are strictly true seem to be paradoxical.

Nothing in the world

is as soft and yielding as water.

Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible,

nothing can surpass it.


The soft overcomes the hard;

the gentle overcomes the rigid.

Everyone knows this is true,

but few can put it into practice.


Therefore the Master remains

serene in the midst of sorrow.

Evil cannot enter his heart.

Because he has given up helping,

he is people's greatest help.


True words seem paradoxical.




Translated by J. Legge





Translated by Stephen Mitchell
















 

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