A Quote by Lao Tzu on life, death, strong, and soft

When life begins
            we are tender and weak
When life ends
            we are stiff and rigid
All things, including the grass and trees,
          are soft and pliable in life
          and dry in brittle in death

So the soft and supple
            are the companion of life
While the stiff and unyielding
            are the companions of death

An army that cannot yield
          will be defeated
A tree that cannot bend
          will crack in the wind
Thus by Nature's own decree
           the hard and strong are defeated
           while the soft and gentle are triumphant

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition, Pages: 89

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