Tao Te Ching – Verse 43 – The gentlest thing in the world overcomes the hardest thing in the world.

43
The gentlest thing in the world
overcomes the hardest thing in the world.
That which has no substance
enters where there is no space.
This shows the value of non-action.
Teaching without words,
performing without actions:
that is the Master’s way.

(translation by Stephen Mitchell, 1995)
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The softest things of the world
Override the hardest things of the world

That which has no substance
Enters into that which has no openings

From this I know the benefits of unattached actions
The teaching without words

The benefits of actions without attachment
Are rarely matched in the world

(translation by Derek Lin, 2006)
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Actionless action.
Invincible passivity.
Everywhere, but invisible.
Incomprehensible understanding.
Zero.

(translation by Jeremy M. Miller, 2013)
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from I Ching Online

 

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