Daodejing 69

 

  

It’s wiser to be 

a guest than a host. 

 

It’s wiser to retreat a foot 

than advance an inch.

 

This is advancing

without aggression; 

 

this is bearing arms 

without weapons;

 

this is victory 

without fighting.

 

No disaster is greater 

than thoughtless violence. 

 

Doing just the opposite

wins every time. 

 

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