lipu Pona la: kasi nanpa 78 pi lipu Nasin Pona
|Nothing in the world is softer than water,
|Yet nothing is better at overcoming the hard and strong.
|This is because nothing can alter it.
|That the soft overcomes the hard
|And the gentle overcomes the aggressive
|Is something that everybody knows
|But none can do themselves.
|Therefore the sages say:
|The one who accepts the dirt of the state
|Becomes its master.
|The one who accepts its calamity
|Becomes king of the world.
|Truth seems contradictory.