the soft overcomes the hard

eliseo zubiri

 

Nothing

under heaven is as

soft and yielding as water.

Yet for attacking the hard and

strong, nothing can

compare with

it.
 
 
The weak

overcomes the strong.

The soft overcomes the hard.

Everyone knows this, but none

have the ability to

practice it.
 
 
Therefore

the sage says: one who

accepts the dung of the nation

becomes the master of soil and sustenance.

One who deals with the evils of the

nation becomes king under

heaven.
 
 
True words seem paradoxical.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 78

 

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