The leader is best,

When people are hardly aware of his existence,

Not so good when people praise his government,

Less good when people stand in fear,

Worst, when people are contemptuous.

Fail to honor people, and they will fail to honor you.

But of a good leader, who speaks little

When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,

The people say, 'We did it ourselves.'







Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.

The Master leads by purifying people's minds, filling their bellies, weakening their ambitions, and making them become strong.

The more regulations there are, the poorer the people.

Humanity attained unity that they might flourish. Their leaders attained unity that they might set the example.

The Master does nothing, yet he leaves nothing undone.