To use Tao’s force there is to speak:
I don’t deserve your praise
to serve as master
as well as to serve as guest.
You flatter me to come in an inch,
as well as to allow me to withdraw a foot.
To speak of doing without doing,
throws one into confusion about lacking arms.
Throw away your enemies to lack an adversary;
Execute a plan to have no military.
The greatest disaster is gently engaging in war,
To do so will cause the death of the precious gentleness.
Because in defiance of both sides of the military,
it seems that only those who grieve are the victors.