Book 2, Chapter 78

Paradoxes

People :

Author : Laozi (Lao-Tzu)

Translator : Ursula K. Le Guin

Text :

Nothing in the world
is as soft, as weak, as water;
nothing else can wear away
the hard, the strong,
and remain unaltered.
Soft overcomes hard,
weak overcomes strong.
Everybody knows it,
nobody uses the knowledge.

So the wise say:
By bearing common defilements
you become a sacrificer at the altar of earth;
by bearing common evils
you become a lord of the world.

Right words sound wrong.

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Chronology :

November 07, 2021 : Book 2, Chapter 78 -- Added.

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