Daodejing 29

Try to seize a nation 

and so discover 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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