Lao Tzu quote about kindness from Tao Te Ching - The gentlest thing in the world overcomes the hardest thing in the world.
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The gentlest thing in the world overcomes the hardest thing in the world.
 Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching (4th century BC). copy citation

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Author Lao Tzu
Source Tao Te Ching
Topic kindness hardness
Date 4th century BC
Language English
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Note Translated by Stephen Mitchell
Weblink https://terebess.hu/english/tao/mitchell.html

Context


When male and female combine, all things achieve harmony. Ordinary men hate solitude.
But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe.
43 The gentlest thing in the world overcomes the hardest thing in the world.
That which has no substance enters where there is no space.
This shows the value of non-action. Teaching without words,
performing without actions: that is the Master's way.
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