The soft and weak will overcome

人之生也柔弱,
其死也堅強。
草木之生也柔脆,
其死也枯槁。
故堅強者死之徒,
柔弱者生之徒。
是以兵強則滅,
木強則折。
強大處下,
柔弱處上。
A man is born gentle and weak.
At his death he is hard and stiff.
Green plants are tender and filled with sap.
At their death they are withered and dry.
Therefore the stiff and unbending is the disciple of death.
The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.Thus an army
without flexibility never wins a battle.
A tree that is unbending is easily broken.The hard and strong will fall.
The soft and weak will overcome.

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

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