Chapter 68

Therefore, one who is good at being a warrior doesn't make a show of his might;
One who is good in battle doesn't get angry;
One who is good at defeating the enemy doesn't engage him.
And one who is good at using men places himself below them.
This is called the virtue of not competing;
This is called [correctly] using men;
This is called matching Heaven.
It's the high point of the past.
Robert G. Henricks
A GOOD soldier is never aggressive;
A good fighter is never angry.
The best way of conquering an enemy
Is to win him over by not antagonizing him.
The best way of employing a man
Is to serve under him.
This is called the virtue of non-striving!
This is called using the abilities of men!
This is called being wedded to Heaven as of old!
John C. H. Wu
One who excels as a warrior does not appear formidable;
One who excels in fighting is never roused in anger;
One who excels in defeating his enemy does not join issue;
One who excels in employing others humbles himself before them.
This is known as the virtue of non-contention;
This is known as making use of the efforts of others;
This is known as matching the sublimity of heaven.
D. C. Lau
A skillful leader does not use force.
A skillful fighter does not feel anger.
A skillful master does not engage the opponent.
A skillful employer remains low.
This is called the power in not contending.
This is called the strength to employ others.
This is called the highest emulation of Nature.
R. L. Wing
He who is good at being a shi (officer) does not boast of his martialism;
He who is good at fighting does not resort to his rage;
He who is skillful in winning against the enemy does not wrestle with them;
He who is skillful in managing his men has a modest attitude towards them.
This is called the De of not contending with others;
This is called the power of making use of others' force;
This is called being in accord with the Way of Heaven,
Thus it has been a principle very long since.
Ren Jiyu
A good soldier is not violent.
A good fighter is not angry.
A good winner is not vengeful.
A good employer is humble.
This is known as the Virtue of not striving.
This is known as ability to deal with people.
This since ancient times has been known as the ultimate unity with heaven.
Gia-fu Feng
He who can offer wise counsel will not display his wisdom.
He who is a fine fighter will not lose temper.
He who is good in contests will not struggle with his contestants.
He who knows how to use people stays low and underneath them.
This is the virtue of non-struggle.
This is making use of others' full abilities.
This can be said to match heaven
And is really the best art handed down from the ancient days.
Lok Sang Ho
A good general does not look intimidating,
A good fighter does not look fierce,
A good conqueror does not squabble,
A good leader is always humble.
This is the DE of not fighting with people;
This is the strength of using the power of others;
This is the state of being the most harmonic with nature.
Xiaolin Yang
The good commander is not imperious.
The good fighter is not wrathful.
The greatest conqueror does not wage war.
The best master governs by condescension.
This is the virtue of not contending.
This is the virtue of persuasion.
This is the imitation of Heaven, and this was the highest aim of the ancients.
Walter Gorn Old
He who in (Tao'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 fulfil
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.'
James Legge
A noble official is never warlike,
and a noble warrior is never angered.
A noble conqueror never faces an enemy,
and a noble leader stays below the people he wields.
This is called the Integrity of peacefulness, the power of wielding the people,
the fullest extent of our ancient accord with heaven.
David Hinton
Therefore, a good commander is not militant;
A good strategist is not irritable;
A good vanquisher of enemies is not confrontational;
A good employer of men stays low to them.
This is called the virtue of noncontention;
This is called the ability of employing men;
This is called a match for heaven,
A paragon among the ancients.
Chichung Huang
A good captain does not exhibit his martial prowess.
A good warrior does not get himself angry.
A good conqueror of enemies does not instigate a combat.
A good employer of people puts himself below them.
This is called the power (te) of non-contention.
This is called using the strength of others.
This is called perfection (chi) in matching the heaven of old.
Ellen M. Chen
An ingenious soldier does not accept a challenge [frivolously];
A dexterous fighter cannot be aroused to anger [easily];
A shrewd victory-bound party defeats his enemy by avoiding direct confrontations;
A proficient manager situates himself in a humble position [to receive results of other people's efforts].
This is what is called the virtue (achievement) of not contending;
This is what is called the power of utilizing people's labor [through delegating responsibilities];
This is what is called matching the paragon of Heaven.
Lee Sun Chen Org
A good warrior is not forceful.
A good fighter is not belligerent.
The best conqueror does not confront the enemy.
The best employer is under employees.
This is called non-striving Virtue.
This is called using the forces of others.
This is called being identified with the sublimity of old Heaven.
Tien Cong Tran
Those who are good at management rarely use force.
Those who are good at battles rarely lose their tempers.
Those who are good at winning over their rivals never let rivals take control.
Those who are good at employing people are modest.
This is the noncompetitive virtue.
This is the use of people's abilities.
This is called the best conformation to nature and history.
Thomas Z. Zhang
The best charioteers do not rush ahead;
The best fighters do not make displays of wrath;
The greatest conqueror wins without joining issue;
The best user of men acts as though he were their inferior.
This is called the power that comes of not contending,
Is called the capacity to use men,
The secret of being mated to heaven, to what was of old.
Arthur Waley
One good at being a warrior is not warlike.
One good at warfare avoids anger.
One good at conquering the enemy does not join with him.
One good at using men places himself below them.
We refer to these as the virtue in not fighting and the power in using men.
Such a one is called a companion worthy of Heaven, the ultimate attainment achieved for all time.
Richard John Lynn
The brave soldier is not violent;
The good fighter does not lose his temper;
The great conqueror does not fight (on small issues);
The good user of men places himself below others.
This is the virtue of not-contending,
Is called the capacity to use men,
Is reaching to the height of being Mated to Heaven, to what was of old.
Lin Yutang
A good warrior is not bellicose,
A good fighter does not anger,
A good conqueror does not contest his enemy,
One who is good at using others puts himself below them.
This is called "integrity without competition,"
This is called "using others,"
This is called "parity with heaven," - the pinnacle of the ancients.
Victor H. Mair
A skilled warrior does not rush ahead of others.
A skilled fighter does not make a show of anger.
A skilled victor does not seek revenge.
A skilled employer does not act superior.
This is known as the virtue of not competing.
This is known as making use of the abilities of others.
This is known as being united with heaven as it was in ancient times.
Tolbert McCarroll
One good at commandership does not easily use force,
one good at war is not easily provoked,
one good at winning does not easily engage in combat,
one good at deployment is obsequious.
This is the virtue of non-engagement; this is the ability at deployment.
This is fully consistent with the cosmos.
David H. Li
A good warrior is never pugnacious.
A good fighter is never angry.
A good winner is never combative.
A good commander is always humble.
This is called the virtue of non- contention.
This is called using the strength of others.
This is called perfect emulation of heavenly virtue.
Yasuhiko Genku Kimura
The whole world tells me:
"Great as the Tao is, it has no form."
Since it is great,
It has no form.
If it resembled any form,
It would have waned a long time ago.
I have three treasures that I keep and safeguard:
The first is called love,
The second is called moderation,
The third is called not jumping to the head of the entire world.
With love, a person can be courageous,
With moderation, a person can be generous,
And by not jumping to the head of the world, a person can be the master of all the ministers.
Without love, a person can only have courage,
Without moderation, a person can only have generosity,
And instead of staying behind, a person can go to the front.
This leads nowhere but to death.
The person who fights with love will win the battle,
The person who defends himself with love will be safe.
Heaven will save him and protect him with love.
Chou-Wing Chohan
A canny soldier never provokes anyone,
And is never made to lose his temper.
A good fighter never confronts his enemy head-on,
And those who know how to handle people do it humbly.
This comes from the virtue of not-striving,
and from knowing how to link with other people's energy.
Since time gone in the mists this has been the way to 'pair up' with Heaven.
Man-Ho Kwok
He who is good at being a commander
Does not display his bravery;
He who is good at fighting
Does not burst into anger;
He who is good at defeating his enemy
Does not brace himself to engage in a tough battle;
He who is good at employing men
Humbles himself before them;
This is called the virtue of non-contention;
This is called making use of others' strength;
This is called conformability to the Tao of heaven.
Gu Zhengkun
The perfect warrior does not flaunt his bravery.
The perfect fighter does not get angry.
The perfect winner does not reveal his tactics.
The perfect employer is humble before his employees.
This is called the virtue of non-fighting.
This is called the ability to manage others.
This is called uniting with the law of Heaven.
Since ancient times, it has been the highest goal.
Chao-Hsiu Chen
A true gentleman admires no martial arts.
An invincible warrior never resorts to anger.
A true winner never appears in any encounter.
A wise employer never looks superior.
Holders of the true Way struggle for nothing of their own,
And depend on resources of strength other than their own.
The best ability of all time matches that of the heaven.
Liu Qixuan
He who is skillful as a good warrior assumes no martial posture.
He who is skillful as a good gladiator will not rise in anger.
He who is skillful in vanquishing his foes will keep apart from them.
He who is skillful in employing will keep a low profile.
All these are the attributes of non-contention,
the methods of using man's abilities,
the way of matching with Heaven's secret,
and the highest art of antiquity.
Shi Fu Hwang
The best soldier is not soldierly;
The best fighter is not ferocious;
The best conqueror does not take part in war;
The best employer of men keeps himself below them.
This is called the virtue of not contending;
This is called the ability of using men;
This is called the supremacy of consorting with heaven.
Ch’u Ta-Kao
One who makes a good general is not warlike;
One who makes a good fighter is not angry;
One who makes a great conqueror of his enemies does not strive;
One who knows how to manage the people well places himself under them.
This is called the virtue of not competing.
This is called the power of using people.
This is called the match of Heaven, the ultimate of the Ancients.
Paul J. Lin
The best soldier is not warlike,
the best fighter shows no anger,
the one best at defeating the enemy does not engage him,
the one best at managing people puts himself below them.
This is the Te of not contending;
this is the power to manage people.
This is being the Counterpart of Heaven,
equalling the very best of the ancients.
Michael LaFargue
The best warriors are not warlike.
The best strategists are not impulsive.
The best winners are not quarrelsome.
The best rulers are not arrogant.
All these indicate the virtue of non- contention,
the ability to employ men,
compliance with Heaven's sublime way.
Cheng Lin
One who excels as a knight is not warlike.
One who excels as a warrior is not angry.
One who excels at winning over enemies does not strive with them.
One who excels at managing people puts himself beneath them.
This is called the virtue of not being competitive.
This is called using the power of people.
This is called "matching Heaven", the ultimate state of the ancients.
Yi Wu
The accomplished general does not appear intimidating.
The consummate warrior does not exhibit any anger.
The victorious commander does not contend.
A good manager often appears meek and humble.
All the above examples display the virtue of non-contention.
With this virtue you can capitalise on others' expertise.
This is in accord with the way of Dao - the celestial way.
Han Hiong Tan
A good warrior is never violent.
A good fighter is never offensive.
A great victor defeats his opponent, but not by challenging him.
A great commander is humble.
This is called the power of non-contention.
This is also called making use of the effort of others.
To follow this is to follow the pattern of the subtle law of the universe.
Hua-Ching Ni
A good soldier is free from violence.
A good fighter is free from rage.
A good winner is free from competition.
A good leader is humble before the people.
This is called the attainment of non-contention,
Or the application of the strength of others.
It is also called identity with the ultimate
Beyond space and time.
Chang Chung-yuan
A good warrior is not warlike;
A good fighter does not lose his temper;
A good conqueror is not pugnacious;
A good leader of men is humble.
This is called the virtue of non-contention,
Also called the use of other's strength,
Also called harmony with Heaven's Eternal Supreme Will.
Henry Wei
A good warrior is not belligerent;
A good fighter is not given to anger;
One who is good at winning does not engage the enemy;
One who is good at using others takes the lower position.
This is called the Te of non-contention;
This is called making use of the strength of others;
This is called fit to be Heaven's mate.
It is the ultimate [truth] of old.
Ha Poong Kim
Being a good warrior does not entail power.
A good fighter is not angry.
One who is good at overcoming the enemy does not contact him.
One who is good at leading people acts humbly.
This is called the Action of noncompetition.
This is called leading people.
This is called the Ultimate as old as heaven.
Tao Huang
In the ancient times:
The perfect warriors were not warlike.
The perfect fighters were not angry.
The perfect winners were not aggressive and the perfect diplomats were humble before the world.
This is called the practice of the virtue of non-struggle.
This is called the use of the wisdom of benevolence.
This is called to comply with the ultimate Nature.
Tang Zi-chang
A skillful leader of troops is not oppressive with his military strength.
A skillful fighter does not become angry.
A skillful conqueror does not compete with people.
One who is skillful in using men puts himself below them.
This is called the virtue of non-competing.
This is called the strength to use men.
This is called matching Heaven, the highest principle of old.
Wing-tsit Chan