The Book of the Right Way of Laozi – 69

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.

用兵有言:吾不敢為主,而為客;不敢進寸,而退尺。是謂行無行;攘無臂;扔無敵;執無兵。禍莫大於輕敵,輕敵幾喪吾寶。故抗兵相加,哀者勝矣。

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