He who fights with most good willIn the sport of boxing, an angry boxer rarely wins against a calm and measured opponent. The angry boxer swings wildly and tends to drop his guard. The calm and measured boxer waits for the angry boxer to make a mistake -- which invariably happens because, when we're angry, we don't tend to think straight -- and wears him down or knocks him out with precise blows to the head and torso.
To rage makes no resort.
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~
A good fighter is not angry.
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~
The great warriors do not get angry
~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~
with an attitude of pride or anger.
~ Ron Hogan rendition, from Beatrice.com, 2004 ~
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