The master dwells in the substantial and not in the superficial. Rests in the fruit and not in the flower.
True mastery can be gained by letting things go their own way. It cannot be gained by interfering.
The master observes the world but trusts his inner vision. He allows things to come and go. He prefers what is within to what is without.
When the Great Tao (Way or Method) ceased to be observed, benevolence and righteousness came into vogue.
As the soft yield of water cleaves obstinate stone, So to yield with life solves the insolvable: To yield, I have learned, is to come back again.
The stiff and unyielding are the companions of death, while the yielding and tender are the companions of life. Therefore we see that unbending armies cannot conquer, and the strongest tree feels the axe. The mighty will fall down low, but the humble will rise up.