Chapter 78

Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing)
Classic of the Way and Virtue



By Lao Tzu (Laozi)


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Chapter 78

Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing) by Lao Tzu

 

English and Chinese (Wade-Giles) Terms:  Water (shui), The Soft Overcomes the Hard, True or Correct (chêng), Seem or Appear (jo), Dishonor or Disgrace (kou), Soil or Earth or Grain (chi), The Failed are Often Chosen, Paradoxes, Have Faith, Trust, Rituals, Belief, Weak (jo),  Overcomes the Strong, Hold or Keep (shou), Follow or Practice (hsing), Assault or Attack (kung), Conquer or Surpass or Overcome (shêng), Accept Responsibility, Good Omen or Blessing (hsiang), Accept Disgrace, Below or Under (hsia), Heaven (t'ien), Offering or Sacrifice, Don't Make Sacrifices, Double Meanings, Altar or Shrine (shê), Hard or Firm (chien), Opposite or Paradox or Crooked (fan), Country or Nation (kuo), Words (yen), Inexpressible, Ambiguous, Vague, Exchange or Replace (yi), Watercourse Way, Unyielding or Stiff (ch'iang), Soft or Pliant or Supple (jou), Lord or Master or God (chu), King (wang), Sage or Holy Man (shêng jên),  任信

Términos en Español: Agua, Verdadero, Correcta, Parecen, Aparecer, Deshonra, Vergüeza, Suelo, Confianza, Rituales, Creencias, Débil, Supera, Fuerte, Guardar, Seguir, Práctica, Asalto, Ataque, Conquer, Tierra, Superar, Aceptar la Responsabilidad, Bendición, Abajo, Bajo, Cielo, Ofrenda, Sacrificio, Altar, Santuario, Firme, Dura, País, Nación, Palabras, Inexpresable, Ambiguo, Remplazará, Inflexible, Rígido, Suave, Supple, Maestro, Rey, Sabio Hombre. 

 

 

"In the world nothing is more fragile than water, and yet of all the agencies that attack hard substances nothing can surpass it.
Of all things there is nothing that can take the place of Tao.
By it the weak are conquerors of the strong, the pliable are conquerors of the rigid.
In the world every one knows this, but none practice it.
Therefore the wise man declares: he who is guilty of the country's sin may be the priest at the altar.
He who is to blame for the country's misfortunes, is often the Empire's Sovereign.
True words are often paradoxical."
-  Translated by Dwight Goddard, 1919, Chapter 78

 

 

"In the world nothing is supple and weak in relation to water
Yet of those things which attack the firm and unyielding
Nothing is able to do better
In what is absent, this easily happens.
Being supple conquers the unyielding
Being weak conquers the firm
In the world
No one is without knowing it
No one is able to practice it.
Appropriately it happens that sages say
He who accepts the disgrace of a nation
Is appropriately called lord of the grain shrine
He who accepts the misfortune of a nation
Is appropriately acting as the king of the world.
Correct words look like they turn back."
-  Translated by David Lindauer, Chapter 78 

 

 

"Nothing in all beneath heaven is so soft and weak as water.
And yet, for conquering the hard and strong, nothing succeeds like water.
And nothing can change it:
weak overcoming strong,
soft overcoming hard.
Everything throughout all beneath heaven knows this,
and yet nothing puts it into practice.
That's why the sage said:
Whoever assumes a nation's disgrace is called the sacred leader of a country,
and whoever assumes a nation's misfortune is called the emperor of all beneath heaven.
Words of clarity sound confused."
-  Translated by David Hinton, Chapter 78 

 

 

 

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"Nothing in the world is weaker than water
but against the hard and the strong nothing excels it
for nothing can change it
the soft overcomes the hard
the weak overcomes the strong
this is something everyone knows but no one is able to practice
thus the sage declares who accepts a country's disgrace we call the lord of soil and grain
who accepts a country's misfortune we call king of all under Heaven
upright words sound upside down"
-  Translated by Bill Porter (Red Pine), 1996, Chapter 78 

 

 

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"Heaven below (the sacred body) is not as soft and yielding as water, yet can take on the rigid and violent.
Without its (the sacred body's) ability to overcome the rigid and the violent, it is nothing.
It replaces violence with gentleness.
It overcomes violence.
Tenderly it overcomes the unyielding.
Without knowing this, no one in Heaven below can progress.
The sages speak of guarding the community:
Dishonor comes from making sacrifices to the gods.
Preserve the community, not its omens.
It is correct to speak of Heaven below as what connects Heaven,
Humanity and Earth.
The words of the person who sacrifices backfire."
-  Translated by Barbara Tovey and Alan Sheets, 2002, Chapter 78  

 

 

"Nothing in the world is weaker
or more yielding than water.
Yet nothing is its equal
in wearing away the hard and strong.
There is nothing quite like it.

Thus the weak can overpower the strong;
the flexible can overcome the rigid.
The whole world can perceive this,
but does not put it into practice.

And so the truly wise say:
Whoever bears the shame of the nation
is fit to lead the nation.
Whoever bears the sins of the world
is fit to lead the world.

Straight words (truth)
can seem crooked (paradoxical)."
-  Translated by C. Ganson, Chapter 78  

 

 

 

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"Nothing is softer, more flexible, or more giving than
water
nothing can resist it
nothing can take it away
nothing can endure it
there is no way to hurt it.
The flexible overcomes what resists it,
the giving overcomes what takes it,
the soft overcomes the hard,
but who uses this knowledge?
Only the person who knows the earth
as intimately as the trees and grasses
can rule the earth,
only the person who accepts
the guilt and evil of humanity
can rule the universe.
Straight tongues seem forked.
Straight talk seems crooked."
-  Translated by Tom Kunesh, Chapter 78  

 

天下莫柔弱於水.
而攻堅強者, 莫之能勝.
其無以易之.
弱之勝強, 柔之勝剛, 天下莫不知, 莫能行.
是以聖人云受國之垢, 是謂社稷主.
受國不祥, 是謂天下王.
正言若反.
-  Chinese characters, Chapter 78, Tao Te Ching

 

 

t'ien hsia mo jou jo yü shui.
erh kung chien ch'iang chê, mo chih nêng shêng.
ch'i wu yi yi chih.
jo chih shêng ch'iang, jou chih shêng kang, tien hsia mo pu chih, mo nêng hsing.
shih yi shêng jên yün shou kuo chih kou, shih wei shê chi chu.
shou kuo pu hsiang, shih wei t'ien hsia wang.
chêng yen jo fan.
-  Wade-Giles Romanization, Chapter 78, Tao Te Ching


 

Audio Version in Chinese of Chapter 78 of the Tao Te Ching

 


tian xia mo rou ruo yu shui.
er gong jian qiang zhe, mo zhi neng sheng.
qi wu yi yi zhi.
ruo zhi sheng qiang, rou zhi sheng gang, tian xia mo bu zhi, mo neng xing.
shi yi sheng ren yun shou guo zhi gou, shi wei she ji zhu.
shou guo bu xiang, shi wei tian xia wang.
zheng yan ruo fan.
-  Pinyin Romanization, Chapter 78, Daodejing

 

 

 

 

 

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"Nothing in the world is Softer or Weaker than water.
But when it attacks what is hard and strong none of them can win out, because they have no way of affecting it.
Softness overcomes what is hard Weakness overcomes what is unyielding.
Everyone in the world understands it no one can practice it.
And so the Wise Person says: Taking on a state's dirt makes one lord of its earth altars taking on a state's misfortunes makes one King of the world.
Right words seem the opposite."
-  Translated by Michael LaFargue, 1992, Chapter 78

 

 

 

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"There is nothing in the world
as soft and weak as water.
But to erode the hard and strong,
nothing can surpass it;
nothing can be a substitute.
The weak can overcome the strong;
the soft can overcome the hard.
There is no-one in the world who does not know this,
but there is no-one who can put it into practice.
Those who are enlightened say:
those who bear a nation's disgrace
will become lords of its shrines to earth and grain; *
those who bear a nation's misfortune
will become kings under heaven.
True words often seem a paradox."
-  Translated by Tim Chilcott, 2005, Chapter 78 

 

 

"Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water.
Yet when it attacks what is strong and firm, nothing can hold up against it.
Because there is nothing as changeable as water,
Water conquers what is firm and unyielding.
By being flexible, it can conquer what is strong.
No one in this world wouldn’t be able to understand that, yet no one has the ability to carry it out.

Therefore a wise person’s words declare:
Accepting the blame for a nation’s problems is naturally referred to as being the master of what nourishes the world;
Accepting the nation’s problems as bad signs of fate is naturally referred to as being the king of the world.
These straight-spoken words seem to be backwards."
-  Translated by Nina Correa, 2005, Chapter 78

 

 

"In this world there is nothing more supple and weak than water;
and yet no one,
however strong and powerful he may be,
can resist its action;
and no being can do without it. 
Is it clear enough that weakness is worth more than strength, that suppleness can overcome rigidity?
Everyone agrees with this; but no one acts according to it.
The Sages have said: "He who rejects neither moral filth nor political evil is capable of becoming the chief of a territory or the sovereign of the empire."0
He who is supple enough to accommodate himself to all that; and not a rigid and systematic person.
These words are quite true, even though they offend many."
-  Translated by Derek Bryce, 1999, Chapter 78

 

 

"Water is soft and yielding, but
nothing can more effectively dissolve the hard and inflexible.
Weak defeats strong.
Soft defeats hard.
This is well–known, but not easy to put into practice.
Therefore, the Tao–Master says:
He who takes upon himself the dirt of the nation
becomes the master of its sacred soil;
he who takes upon himself the evils of the land
becomes a true king under Heaven.
Straight words seem crooked."
-  Translated by George Cronk, 1999, Chapter 78 

 

 

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"Nothing in the world is more supple than water,
Yet nothing is more powerful than water in attacking the hard and strong.
Why?
Because nothing can take its place.
Everyone in the world knows
That the weak is more powerful than the strong,
That the supple is more rigid than the hard,
Yet no one so far can put the knowledge into practice.
That is why the sage says,
Only he who can bear the humiliation on behalf of the state
Can be called the great priest of the state;
Only he who dare shoulder the responsibility for the calamity of the state
Can be called the king of the state.
Factual words seem ironical."
-  Translated by Gu Zhengkun, Chapter 78 

 

 

"Nothing in the World is as yielding as water;
Nor can anything better overcome the hardened.
Just as the yielding overcomes the hardened,
The weak may overcome the strong;
Yet they do not.
The sage says:
"Who accepts responsibility for his people rules the country;
Who accepts responsibility for the World rules the World",
But his words are not understood.
-  Translated by Peter Merel, Chapter 78 

 

 

"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."
-  Translated by Thomas Cleary, 1991, Chapter 78 

 

 

 

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"There is nothing more yielding than water,
yet when acting on the solid and strong,
its gentleness and fluidity
have no equal in any thing.
The weak can overcome the strong,
and the supple overcome the hard.
Although this is known far and wide,
few put it into practice in their lives.
Although seemingly paradoxical,
the person who takes upon himself,
the people's humiliation,
is fit to rule;
and he is fit to lead,
who takes the country's disasters upon himself."
-  Translated by Stan Rosenthal, 1984, Chapter 78  

 

 

"Nothing in the world is soft and weak as water.
But when attacking the hard and strong
Nothing can conquer so easily.
Weak overcomes strong, soft overcomes hard.
Everyone knows this, no one attains it.
Therefore the Sage says: Accept a country's filth And become master of its sacred soil.
Accept a country's ill fortune
And become king under heaven.
True words resemble their opposites."
-  Translated by Stephen Addis, 1993, Chapter 78  

 

 

"There's hardly anything more yielding than gas, air, and] water, but almost none is better in attacking the resistant and hard.
There are few substitutes for it.
Thus the yielding may conquer the resistant and the soft the hard.
This was utilized by none I knew.
Wise sayings,
"Only he who has accepted the dirt of a country can be lord of its soil-shrines: can become heaven-accepted there.
Who bears evils of the country can become a king.
Who takes into himself the calumny of the world serves to preserve the state."
Straight words seem crooked."
-  Translated by Tormond Byrn, 1997, Chapter 78 

 

 

 

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"Of the soft and weak things in the world
None is weaker than water.
Bur in overcoming that which is firm and strong
Nothing can equal it.
It is easy to know the inner meaning of this: "That which is weak conquers the strong, that which is soft conquers the hard."
All men know this, No one is able to practice it.
That is why the self-controlled man says:
"He who fears the reproach of the Kingdom is called Ruler of the Land. He who bears the woes of the Kingdom is called King of the land."
True words in paradox."
-  Translated by Isabella Mears, 1916, Chapter 78 

 

 

"Auf der ganzen Welt
gibt es nichts Weicheres und Schwächeres als das Wasser.
Und doch in der Art, wie es dem Harten zusetzt,
kommt nichts ihm gleich.
Es kann durch nichts verändert werden.
Daß Schwaches das Starke besiegt
und Weiches das Harte besiegt,
weiß jedermann auf Erden,
aber niemand vermag danach zu handeln.
Also auch hat ein Berufener gesagt:
Wer den Schmutz des Reiches auf sich nimmt,
der ist der Herr bei Erdopfern.
Wer das Unglück des Reiches auf sich nimmt,
der ist der König der Welt.
Wahre Worte sind wie umgekehrt."
-  Translated by Richard Wilhelm, 1911, Chapter 78

 

 

"The weakest things in the world can overmatch the strongest things in the world.
Nothing in the world can be compared to water for its weak and yielding nature; yet in attacking the hard and the strong, nothing proves better than it.
For there is no other alternative to it.
The weak can overcome the strong and the yielding can overcome the hard.
This all the world knows but does not practise.
Therefore the Sage says:
He who sustains all the reproaches of the country can be master of the land;
He who sustains all the calamities of the country can be king of the world.
These are words of truth,
Though they seem paradoxical."
-  Translated by Ch'u Ta-Kao, 1904, Chapter 78

 

 

"Nothing in the world is Softer or Weaker than water.
But when it attacks what is hard and strong none of them can win out, because they have no way of affecting it.
Softness overcomes what is hard
Weakness overcomes what is unyielding.
Everyone in the world understands it no one can practice it.
And so the Wise Person says: Taking on a state's dirt makes one lord of its earth altars taking on a state's misfortunes makes one King of the world.
Right words seem the opposite."
-  Translated by Michael LaFargue, 1992, Chapter 78 

 

 

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"There is nothing weaker than water,

Or easier to efface,

But for attacking the hard and the strong

Nothing can take its place.

 

That the tender conquers the rigid,

That the weak overcomes the strong,

The whole world knows, but in practice who

Can carry the work along?

 

Who bears the sins of his country,

We know from the sage's word,

Shall be called the master of sacrifice,

And hailed as its altar's lord.

 

Who carries his country's woes,

The curse of the land who bears,

Shall be called the king of the world; tis true,

Though a paradox it appears."
-  Translated by Isaac Winter Heysinger, 1903, Chapter 78
 

 

 

 

 

 

"Nothing is more soft and yielding than water,
for cutting things hard and strong, nothing is better,
because it persists.
The weak can overcome the strong;
the supple can overcome the stiff.
Everyone knows this,
yet no one puts it into practice.
Therefore, the sage says:
who shoulders the humiliation of the people, fits to rule them,
who shoulder the country's disaster, deserves to be the king.
The truth often sounds paradoxical."
-  Translated by Tienzen Gong, Chapter 78

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing is so flexible as water, yet for attacking that which is hard nothing surpasses it.
There is nothing which supplants it.
The weak overcomes the strong, the soft control the hard.
Everyone knows this, but no one practices it.
Hence a Sage has said who bears his country reproach is hailed as the lord of his nation altars.
Who bears his country misfortunes is called the Empire chief.
Truth, when expressed in speech, appears paradoxical."
-  Translated by C. Spurgeon Medhurst, 1905, Chapter 78 

 

 

 

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"Nothing on earth is so weak and yielding as water, but for breaking down the firm and strong it has no equal.
This admits of no alternative.
All the world knows that the soft can wear away the hard, and the weak can conquer the strong, but none can carry it out in practice.
Therefore the Sage says: He who bears the reproach of his country is really the lord of the land. He who bears the woes of the people is in truth their king.
The words of truth are always paradoxical."
-  Translated by Walter Gorn Old, 1904, Chapter 78 

 

 

 

"remember
to be at your best
pattern yourself after water
nothing in all the world is softer or more powerful
nothing in all the world can substitute for it
nothing in all the world can stop it

in their hearts
everyone easily knows that
the soft and the weak
will always overcome the hard and strong
but they find it difficult to live this way

the secret is to
move the bodymind like water."
-  Translated by John Bright-Fey, 2006, Chapter 78 

 

 

"What is more fluid, more yielding than water?
Yet back it comes again, wearing down the rigid strength
Which cannot yield to withstand it.
So it is that the strong are overcome by the weak,
The haughty by the humble.
This we know
But never learn,
So that when wise men tell us,
'He who bites the dust
Is owner of the earth,
He who is scapegoat
Is king,'
They seem to twist the truth."
-  Translated by Witter Bynner, 1944, Chapter 78 

 

 

"Parmi toutes les choses du monde, il n'en est point de plus molle et de plus faible que l'eau,
et cependant, pour briser ce qui est dur et fort, rien ne peut l'emporter sur elle.
Pour cela rien ne peut remplacer l'eau.
Ce qui est faible triomphe de ce qui est fort; ce qui est mou triomphe de ce qui est dur.
Dans le monde, il n'y a personne qui ne connaisse cette vérité, mais personne ne peut la mettre en pratique.
C'est pourquoi le Saint dit: Celui qui supporte les opprobres du royaume devient chef du royaume.
Celui qui supporte les calamités du royaume devient le roi de l'empire.
Les paroles droites paraissent contraires à la raison)."
-  Translated by Stanislas Julien, 1842, Chapter 78

 

 

 

 

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"Bajo el cielo no hay nada tan blando y maleable como el agua;
Pero no hay nada como el agua
para erosionar lo duro y rígido.
El agua no es sustituible.
Lo débil puede sobreponerse a lo fuerte;
lo blando puede sobreponerse a lo rígido;
Nadie desconoce esta verdad
pero nadie se atreve a ponerla en práctica.
Por eso el sabio dice:
Aquel que asume la responsabilidad
por todas las corrupciones de un reino,
merece ser su soberano.
Aquel que soporta todos los males de un reino,
puede ser soberano del imperio.
Las palabras de la Verdad parecen paradójicas."
-  Translation from Wikisource, 2013,
Capítulo 78

 

 

"Nada hay en el mundo tan blando como el agua.
Pero nada hay que la supere contra lo duro.

Lo blando vence a lo duro,
lo débil vence a lo fuerte.
Nadie desconoce esta verdad
pero nadie la practica.

Por esto el sabio dice:
Aquel que asume todas las corrupciones de un reino,
merece ser su soberano.
Aquel que soporta todos los males de un reino,
puede ser soberano del imperio.

Las palabras de la Verdad parecen paradójicas."
-  Translated into English by James Legge, Spanish Version Online at RatMachines,
Capítulo 78 

 

 

"Nada existe en el mundo tan dócil y débil como el agua.
Pero para atacar lo duro y lo fuete no existe nada que pueda superarla.
No hay nada que la pueda sustituir.
Lo débil vence a lo fuerte y lo frágil vence a lo duro.
Esto todo el mundo lo sabe pero nadie lo practica.
Por eso el sabio dice: Quien se hace cargo de los males de un reino es un señor que sacrifica a los espíritus de la tierra.
Quien se hace cargo de las calamidades de un reino, éste se vuelve el señor del imperio.
Estas palabras son verdaderas aunque parezcan paradójicas."
Translation from Logia Medio Dia, 2015, Tao Te Ching, Capítulo 78

 

 

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