The Book of the Right Way of Laozi – 78

78.

Water is the most malleable material, but it is also the universal solvent.
Weakness subdues strength,
Gentleness overcomes anger.
Everybody knows this is true, but nobody acts on it.
Therefore the sages say, “To govern one must be the servant of all.”
Truth is contrary to common sense.

天下莫柔弱於水,而攻堅強者莫之能勝,其無以易之。弱之勝強,柔之勝剛,天下莫不知,莫能行。是以聖人云:受國之垢,是謂社稷主;受國不祥,是謂天下王。正言若反。

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