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The greatest rulers are barely known,
The next best are admired,
The next best are feared,
The next best are loathed.
The stronger the feelings, the weaker the trust,
And those who cannot trust, cannot be governed.

Thus, the best rulers take no credit for their achievements.
This makes the people feel that they have governed themselves.

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