Hence he who (relies on) the strength of his forces does not conquer;Ideas and concepts are the same as everything else. When our notions and theories refuse to give an inch, they become dead ideas!
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~
Thus an army without flexibility never wins a battle.
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~
Therefore, an inflexible army will not win
~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~
Soldiers trained to fight to the death will die.
~ Ron Hogan rendition, from Beatrice.com, 2004 ~
Knowledge and insight must be willing to grow or they quickly will wither on the vine!
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