All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.
~ John Kenneth Galbraith, in The Age of Uncertainty
Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everybody gets busy on the proof.
If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.
In the United States, though power corrupts, the expectation of power paralyzes.