Book 2, Chapter 76

Hardness

People :

Author : Laozi (Lao-Tzu)

Translator : Ursula K. Le Guin

Text :

Living people
are soft and tender.
Corpses are hard and stiff.
The ten thousand things,
the living grass, the trees,
are soft, pliant.
Dead, they’re dry and brittle.

So hardness and stiffness
go with death;
tenderness, softness,
go with life.

And the hard sword fails,
the stiff tree’s felled.
The hard and great go under.
The soft and weak stay up.[58]

From : TheAnarchistLibrary.org.

Chronology :

November 06, 2021 : Book 2, Chapter 76 -- Added.

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