"To put it another way, the king steals from his people and then kills them. The trick is to do it amicably. Steal as little as possible, and only kill when you must. If, in the final tally, you have killed only a few, they call you a wise ruler. It always will be this way."
Shoryu, discussing his views on kings (of which he is one) with Enki in Fuyumi Ono's The Vast Spread of the Seas (p. 63)