The Book of the Right Way of Laozi – 69


Soldiers have a saying:
“I dare not act; I am the householder and yet I act like a guest.
I dare not advance an inch, yet I will withdraw a foot.”
Truly, this is called
Acting without action; disorganizing without effort; fighting without hostility; striking without weaponry.
There is no bigger error than underestimating your enemy.
He who underestimates his enemy will soon be crying over the loss of his treasure.
Therefore, when two forces fight
The compassionate one is the victor.