Daodejing 30

Here is advice for
leadership in the way:

don’t consider force—
the result is predictable.

Wherever an army is,
briars and thorns spring up.

Large armies lead to famine.

A skillful leader strikes
a decisive blow but never seeks
total victory. He will win, then
guard against his own arrogance.

He strikes because he must,
with no thought of victory.

Nothing comes to fruition
before its time, which is
the way of the way.

What is not in accord dies.

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