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What do you think of the following quotes from the Tao Te Ching?

“Men are born soft and supple;
dead, they are stiff and hard.
Plats are born tender and pliant;
dead, they are brittle and dry.
Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible
is a disciple of death.
Whoever is soft and yielding
is a disciple of life.
The hard and stiff will be broken.
The soft and supple will prevail.”
“When taxes are too high,
people go hungry.
When the government is too intrusive,
people lose their spirit.
Act for the people’s benefit.
Trust them; leave them alone.”
“The best athlete
wants his opponent at his best.
The best general
enters the mind of his enemy.
The best businessman
serves the communal good.
The best leader
follows the will of the people.
All of the embody
the virtue of non-competition.
Not that they don’t love to compete,
but they do it in the spirit of play.
In this they are like children
and in harmony with the Tao.”
That is true, but only by approaching it from a playful view can we truly appreciate those lessons.
Analysis was not what I wanted, merely the feeling that the passages inspired. The chapter numbers are not neccessary as the order differs with different copies, as well as the English translation. Tao and Dao means the same. Lao Zi and Lao Tzu are also the same.
Please do not assume I have meant any disrespect thorugh my actions, if I have offended you I apologize, such was not my intent.


  1. Next time you quote from the Dao De Jing of Laozi, please use the chapter number.
    Answer: The Dao De is not something to be analyzed.

  2. I think I can be hard and stiff or soft and subtle depending on the circumstances prevailing at the time.
    Surely that environmental reaction directly inspired by the condition of the natural man is a most appropriate response to any circumstance?


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