Chapter 761 Man at his birth is supple and weak; at his death, firm and
strong. (So it is with) all things. Trees and plants, in their early
growth, are soft and brittle; at their death, dry and withered.
2 Thus it is that firmness and strength are the concomitants of
death; softness and weakness, the concomitants of life.
3 Hence he who (relies on) the strength of his forces does not
conquer; and a tree which is strong will fill the out-stretched arms,
(and thereby invites the feller.)
4 Therefore the place of what is firm and strong is below, and that
of what is soft and weak is above.
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