四十三

天下之至柔,
馳騁天下之至堅。
無有入無間。
吾是以知無為之有益,
不言 之教,
無為之益,
天下希及之。

sì shí sān

tiān xià zhī zhì róu
chí chĕng tiān xià zhī zhì jiān
wú yŏu rù wú jiān
wú shì yĭ zhī wú wéi zhī yŏu yì
bù yán zhī jiào
wú wéi zhī yì
tiān xià xī jí zhī

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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.