Of these, indeed, though masters, we are yet the slaves, And this, in truth, is the experience of public men who act in conformity with the desires and impulses of multitudes, making themselves attendants and slaves in order that they may be called popular leaders and rulers. For just as a ship's lookout, who sees what lies ahead before the ship's captain does, nevertheless turns to him for orders and does what he ordains, so the public man whose eyes are fixed on glory is a servant of the multitude, although he has the name of ruler.
And to them we must listen even though they're dumb.
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1 Probably in the lost ‘Poimenes,’ or Shepherds (Nauck, Trag. Graec. Frag.2, p. 249).
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