If you want to shrink something,
you must first allow it to expand.
If you want to get rid of something,
you must first allow it to be given.
This is called the subtle perception
of the way things are.
The soft overcomes the hard.
The slow overcomes the fast.
Let your working remain a mystery.
Just show people the results.
Men are born soft and supple;
dead, they are stiff and hard.
Plants are born tender and pliant;
dead, they are brittle and dry.
Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible
is a disciple of death.
Whoever is soft and yielding
is a disciple of life.
The hard and stiff will be broken.
The soft and supple will prevail.
Health is the greatest gift,
contentment the greatest wealth,
faithfulness the best relationship.