Compliance with Heaven, Be a Peaceful Warrior, Don't
Contend, Without Desire, Effective Military Leaders,
Leadership, Avoid Anger, Humility, Not Striving, 配天
"He who excels as a warrior is not warlike.
He who excels as a fighter is not wrathful.
He who excels in conquering the enemy does not strive.
He who excels in employing men is lowly.
This is called the virtue of not-striving.
This is called utilizing men's ability.
This is called complying with heaven-since olden times the highest."
- Translated by D. T. Suzuki and Paul Carus, 1913, Chapter 68
"He who in Tao's wars has skill
Assumes no martial port;
He who fights with most good will
To rage makes no resort.
He who vanquishes yet still
Keeps from his foes apart;
He whose hests men most fulfill
Yet humbly plies his art.
Thus we say, 'He ne'er contends,
And therein is his might.'
Thus we say, 'Men's wills he bends,
That they with him unite.'
Thus we say, 'Like Heaven's his ends,
No sage of old more bright.' "
- Translated by James Legge, 1891, Chapter 68
"The best captain does not plunge headlong
Nor is the best soldier a fellow hot to fight.
The greatest victor wins without a battle:
He who overcomes men understands them.
There is a quality of quietness
Which quickens people by no stress:
'fellowship with heaven,' as of old,
Is fellowship with man and keeps its hold."
- Translated by Witter Bynner, 1944, Chapter 68
"A canny soldier never provokes anyone,
And is never made to lose his temper.
A good fighter never confronts his enemy head-on:
And those who know how to handle people do it humbly.
This comes from the virtue of not-striving,
and from knowing how to link with other people's energy.
Since time gone in the mists
this has been the way to 'pair up' with Heaven."
- Translated by Ramsey, Kwok and Palmer, 1993, Chapter 68
"An effective warrior acts
not from nihilistic anger,
nor from desire to kill.
He who wins should not be vengeful.
An employer should have humility.
If we wish for peace and unity,
our dealings with our fellow man
must be without desire for self-advantage,
and carried out without contention."
- Translated by Stan Rosenthal, 1984, Chapter 68
"The best soldier is not violent.
"He who excels as a soldier is the one who is not
he who fights the best fight is not wrathful;
he who best conquers an enemy is not quarrelsome;
he who best employs people is obedient himself.
This is the virtue of not-quarreling, this is the secret of bringing out other men's ability, this is complying with Heaven.
Since of old it is considered the greatest virtue."
- Translated by Dwight Goddard, 1919, Chapter 68
"Those eminent for scholarly virtues are not fighting
Those eminent in war do not lose their temper.
Those eminent for victory do not struggle.
Those eminent for making use of others descend to their level.
This may be called the virtue which does not contend;
the power of utilizing men;
the utmost limit that can be reached in equaling Heaven and the men of old."
- Translated by Frederic Henry Balfour, 1884, Chapter 68
"The accomplished person is not aggressive.
The good soldier is not hot tempered.
The best conqueror does not engage the enemy.
The most effective leader takes the lowest place.
This is called the Te of not contending.
This is called the power of the leader.
This is called matching Heaven's ancient ideal."
- Translated by Stanley Lombardo and Stephen Addiss, 1993, Chapter 68
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"The best soldier is not warlike the best fighter shows
The one best at defeating the enemy does not engage him.
The one best at managing people puts himself below them.
This is the Te of not contending, this is the power to manage people.
This is being the Counterpart of Heaven equaling the very best of the ancients."
- Translated by Michael Lafargue, 1992, Chapter 68
"Those who are good at being knights are not martial.
Those who are good at warfare do not rage.
Those who are good at overcoming their adversaries do not join issue.
Those who are good at employing others put themselves beneath them.
That is called the virtue of non-contention.
That is called the power to employ others.
That is called the perfection attained by becoming a match with Heaven."
- Translated by Patrick E. Moran, Chapter 68
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Lao-tzu's Taoteching Translated by Red Pine (Bill Porter). Includes many brief selected commentaries for each Chapter draw from commentaries in the past 2,000 years. Provides a verbatim translation and shows the text in Chinese characters. San Francisco, Mercury House, 1996, Second Edition, 184 pages. An invaluable resource for commentaries.
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