Tao Te Ching – Verse 68 – The best athlete wants his opponent at his best.

68
The best athlete
wants his opponent at his best.
The best general
enters the mind of his enemy.
The best businessman
serves the communal good.
The best leader
follows the will of the people.All of them embody
the virtue of non-competition.
Not that they don’t love to compete,
but they do it in the spirit of play.
In this they are like children
and in harmony with the Tao.

(translation by Stephen Mitchell, 1995)
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The great generals are not warlike
The great warriors do not get angry
Those who are good at defeating enemies do not engage them
Those who are good at managing people lower themselves
It is called the virtue of non-contention
It is called the power of managing people
It is called being harmonious with Heaven
The ultimate principle of the ancients

(translation by Derek Lin, 2006)
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In a different age, that of goodness,
Of gold,
Only humility ruled.

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

 

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