Daodejing 29

Try to seize a nation
and so find failure.

Nations are living things,
so cannot be got by grasping.

Those who attempt
to conquer will destroy.
Those who grasp will
find nothing to hold.

It is The Way of the creative
universe that front becomes
back; warm turns to freezing,
strong becomes weak;
storehouses empty out.

Thus it is that those free
of themselves relax–

forgetting extravagance;
forgetting striving.



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