If you want to take you must first give

將欲歙之,必固張之。
將欲弱之,必固強之。
將欲廢之,必固興之。
將欲取之,必固與之。
是謂微明。
柔弱勝剛強。
魚不可脫於淵,
國之利器
不可以示人。

That which shrinks
Must first expand.
That which fails
Must first be strong.
That which is cast down
Must first be raised.
Before receiving
There must be giving.
This is called perception of the nature of things.
Soft and weak overcome hard and strong.

Fish cannot leave deep waters,
And a country’s weapons should not be displayed.

Referece: Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching XXXVI (Trans. Feng & English)

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