Stiff or Soft

Men are born soft and supple;

dead , they are stiff, low and hard.

Plants are born tender and plaint;

dead , they are brittle and dry. 

Thus, whoever is stiff and inflexible

Is a discipline of death.

Whoever is soft and yielding,

Is discipline of life. 

The hard and stiff will be broken. 

The soft and supple will prevail.

– Lao Tzu

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