Tao 31

All decent women detest violence,

and so they never take up arms.

Weapons are the tools of fear, decent

women use them only in direst situations


When women must use weapons

they act with calm and carefulness.

For the Sage knows there is no

delight or beauty in destruction.


The Sage enemies are like herself

and she mourns when she must do

them harm.


Peace is the highest value,

and violence cannot replace it.

The Sage never rejoice in the

slaughter of her enemies.

Violence must be mourned

and never celebrated.


The Invisible Dragon