Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series



Tao Te Ching

By: Lao Tzu

Translated By Stephen Mitchell




” Men are born soft and supple;

dead, they are stiff and hard.

Plants are born tender and pliant;

dead, they are brittle and dry.”



Hermit Poet’s Comments: It is best to not be rigid with your thoughts or in life. Do not dig in, instead be flexible. Life will move more smoothly this way. As bad as things can be, never become mean and bitter. This over time will show on your face and also is not good for the health.



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