The way of the Tao can be compared to stretching a bow. When the string is high it is pulled down, when the string is low it is raised up.
In this way excesses are diminished, and inadequacies restored. The Tao takes from abundance to balance scarcity.
The way of people is different. It takes from where there is already not enough to further provide for those with too much.
Who can have abundance and still offer it to the world? Only the wise person, the person of Tao.
Therefore he acts but does not exact gratitude. He accomplishes but does not claim credit. Why? Because he does not hold his virtue up for display.
(from Tao Te Ching, verse 77, translation by Robert Brookes)