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Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah(ﷺ) came across some people who were sitting, so he said:

Shall I not inform you of the best of you from your worst?'” He said: “They became silent, so he said that three times, then a man said: ‘Of course, O Messenger of Allah! Inform us of the best among us from our worst.’ He said: ‘The best of you is the one whose goodness is hoped for, and people are safe from his evil. And the worst of you is he whose goodness is not hoped for, and people are not safe from his evil.'”

Sahih (Darussalam)

Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2263
In-book : Book 33, Hadith 106

The Companions feared lest any of their characteristics should be named as
that of the worst people, and as a result of which the person concerned
should appear a sorry figure in the midst of the people. That is why they
refrained from speaking initially, and thought it fit to let the Prophet speak
whatever he thought best. But when the Messenger of Allah persisted with
the question, one of them spoke out and requested the Messenger of Allah
to tell them about the best and the worst among the people. The Messenger
of Allah thereupon only mentioned the golden principle with which to tell
the best from the worst