The leader is best,
When people are hardly aware of his
Not so good when people praise his
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
set the example.
The Master does
nothing, yet he leaves nothing undone.