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27 August 2007 @ 07:23 am
Tao of the Day  
That which yields, is not always weak.

- Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel's Dart, p. 222
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Varnvarn_ix on August 27th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
I often remember this passage (extra points for naming the source):

She smiled wryly, a crisscross of wrinkles in the old
face. "Very well: 'That which submits rules.' "
He felt astonishment: she was talking about such elementary things as
tension within meaning. Did she think his mother had taught him nothing at all?
"That's a hint?" he asked.
"We're not here to bandy words or quibble over their meaning," the old woman said. "The willow submits to the wind and prospers until one day it is many willows -- a wall against the wind. This is the willow's purpose."
Kburgunder on August 27th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
I'm going to guess the Wind in the Willows, but I actually have no idea. *blush*
Varnvarn_ix on August 27th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
It's from Dune, at the beginning, right after the gom-jabbar test.