Tao Te Ching – Stanza 57
Govern with integrity. Weapons of war may be used cleverly, but loyalty is only won by self-restraint.
How do I know the way things are? Thus:
The more prohibitions you make, the poorer people become.
The more weapons you deploy, the greater the chaos in your land.
The more information publicized, the stranger the world becomes.
The more laws that you make, the greater the number of criminals.
Therefore the Master says:
I do little, and the people seek good by themselves.
I seek peace, and the people take care of their own problems.
I do not meddle, and the people prosper.
I restrain my desires, and the people return to the Uncarved Block.