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Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu - chapter 74

If men are not afraid to die,
It is of no avail to threaten them with death.

If men live in contant fear of dying,
And if breaking the law means that a man will be killed,
Who will dare to break the law?

There is always an official executioner.
If you try to take his place,
It is trying to be like a master carpenter and cutting wood.
If you try to cut wood like a master carpenter,
     you will only hurt your hand.


(translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English)


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