The Book of the Right Way of Laozi – 72


One can exercise the greatest power
When the people do not fear power.
Do not enter into their private dwellings,
Do not despise their way of life.
If you do not abhor them,
They will not abhor you.
Truly, therefore, the sage
Knows but does not show himself,
Loves but does not praise himself.
Therefore he abandons one and embraces the other.