Lao Tzu (6th and 5th Centuries BCE)
“I have three treasures
Which I hold and cherish.
The first is known as compassion,
The second is known as frugality,
The third is known as not daring to take the lead in the empire.”
- From Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching (Book 2, chapter LXVII), translated by D. C. Lau (Penguin Classics, 1963).