81 Chapter Translations & Interpretations

Chapter 78 – Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water.

Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it.

So the flexible overcomes the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it.

This is why the sages say those who can take on the disgrace of nations are leaders of lands; and those who can take on the misfortune of nations are rulers of the world. True sayings seem paradoxical.

Support Author: Thomas Cleary
Get your copy of this Translation here:
The Essential Tao: An Initiation into the Heart of Taoism Through the Authentic Tao Te Ching and the Inner Teachings of Chuang-Tzu

Previous Post »Chapter 09 – Better stop short than fill to the brim. | Next Post »Chapter 66 – The reason why rivers and seas can be lords of the hundred valleys is that they lower themselves to them all

Please Share Your Chapter Interpretation

Designed by Lao Tsu | Contact Contact