A good soldier is not belligerent.
A good duelist does not lose his temper.
A good tactician will not prefer a frontal assault.
One good at using others places himself below them.

This is the virtue of noncompetition.
This is how to use others.
This is the ancient art of matching Heaven.

 


chapter notes:

The first verse is somewhat idiomatic; the second verse is literal; both are otherwise straightforward.