From the sixth century BCE, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 72:
When men lack a sense of awe, there will be disaster.
Do not intrude in their homes.
Do not harass them at work.
If you do not interfere, they will not weary of you.
Therefore the sage knows himself but makes no show.
Has self-respect but is not arrogant.
He lets go of that and chooses this.
Here's my three sentence version:
A lack of respect invites destruction.
People will not tolerate an intrusive government.
A wise man is humble and chooses well.
This seems to me a passage about the virtue of government by not doing. What people want from their rulers, more than anythings else, is to be left alone. A king, pasha, sultan, or president is not served by drawing attention to himself. Loud pronouncements of smug "understanding" are particularly odious because they do little to benefit the people.
If given a choice, we should therefore exalt a leader that doesn't have a grand agenda, and then tell him to shut up.