A man is born
gentle and weak.
At his death he is hard and stiff.
Green plants are
tender and filled with sap.
At their death they are withered and dry.
stiff and unbending is the disciple of death.
The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.
Thus an army
flexibility never wins a battle.
A tree that is unbending is easily broken.
The hard and
strong will fall.
The soft and weak will overcome.