One of the translators of Lao Tzu’s Tao Teh Ching was the father of the constitution of the Republic of China (now Taiwan), John C. H. Wu. Below an excerpt of his translation of the Chinese classic published in 1990:


Nothing in the world is softer and weaker than water;
But, for attacking the hard and the strong,
There is nothing like it!
For nothing can take its place.
That the weak overcomes the strong, and
The soft overcomes the hard,
This is something known by all…

A few biographical notes on John C H Wu:

b. Chekiang, March 28, 1899 d. 1986.
Honorary President, College of Chinese Culture.
Minister to the Holy See, 1947 – 1949.
Professor, Seton Hall University, USA 1951 – 1961.


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