He who in (Dao’s) wars has skill Assumes no martial port;
He who fights with most good will To rage makes no resort.
He who vanquishes yet still Keeps from his foes apart;
He whose hests men most fulfill Yet humbly plies his art.
Thus we say, ‘He ne’er contends, And therein is his might.
‘ Thus we say, ‘Men’s wills he bends, That they with him unite.
‘ Thus we say, ‘Like Heaven’s his ends, No sage of old more bright.