The Book of the Right Way of Laozi – 72.

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,
Then 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.

民不畏威,則大威至。無狎其所居,無厭其所生。夫唯不厭,是以不厭。是以聖人自知不自見;自愛不自貴。故去彼取此。

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