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天下莫柔弱于水   Nothing in the world is softer than water,
而攻坚强者莫之能胜   Yet nothing is better at overcoming the hard and strong.
其无以易之   This is because nothing can alter it.
弱之胜强   That the soft overcomes the hard
柔之胜刚   And the gentle overcomes the aggressive
天下莫不知   Is something that everybody knows
莫能行   But none can do themselves.
是以圣人云   Therefore the sages say:
受国之垢   The one who accepts the dirt of the state
是谓社稷主   Becomes its master.
受国不祥   The one who accepts its calamity
是谓天下王   Becomes king of the world.
正言若反   Truth seems contradictory.

Sitelen Sitelen Renderer by Olaf Janssen.

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