“Men are born soft and supple; dead, they are stiff and hard.
Plants are born tender and pliant; Dead, they are brittle and dry.
Whoever is stiff and inflexible Is a disciple of death.
Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life.
The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail.” –Tao Te Ching, as translated by Stephen Mitchell