Chapter 68 of Daodejing

Updated: Nov 24, 2021

This post contains the Chinese and pinyin text of chapter 68 as well as the translation used in episode 15.

Conflict between two crabs
Conflict between two crabs

Translation

The best soldiers aren't big aggressive jerks who love war.
They don't stomp around being angry all the time.
The greatest victories are won without violence.
The greatest leaders lead with humility.
This is known as the virtue of not-striving.
This is known as the ability to work with people.
This, since ancient times, has been known as the ultimate unity with Dao.


Chinese with pinyin

shàn wéi shì zhě bù wǔ

善为士者不武;


shàn zhàn zhě bù nù

善战者不怒;


shàn shèng dí zhě bù yǔ

善胜敌者不与;


shàn​yòng rén zhě wéi zhī​xià

善用人者为之下。


shì wèi bù​zhēng zhī dé

是谓不争之德,


shì wèi ​yòng rén zhī lì

是谓用人之力,


shì wèi pèi tiān gǔ zhī jí

是谓配天古之极。

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