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"Whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. What is soft is strong." —Lao Tzu. I know Lao Tzu wasn't a Buddhist, but the Tao Te Ching contains a wealth of practical wisdom that is equally applicable to Buddhist practitioners. In my early days of studying Buddhism, I used to meditate on this quote as a way to cultivate tranquility and patience.
Lao Tzu (Born—604 BC, Zhou Dynasty; Died—Zhou Dynasty) was a philosopher of ancient China, best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching (often simply referred to as Laozi). His association with the Tào Té Chīng has led him to be traditionally considered the founder of philosophical Taoism (pronounced as "Daoism").