Unfortunately docility is not a quality which is often found in the man capable of initiative or leadership. Some fool, long ago - probably a Roman - said that to know how to command, a man must first learn how to obey. This is the opposite of the truth. The man who has learnt to obey will either have lost all personal initiative or will have become so filled with rage against the authorities that his initiative will have become destructive and cruel. It seldom happens, therefore, that the best men rise to the top.
Source: Mortals and Others, v.1, 1975
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