"Though many men are nominally entrusted with the administration
of hospitals and other publick institutions, almost all the good
is done by one man, by whom the rest are driven on; owing to
confidence in him, and indolence in them."
"He whose rank or merit procures him the notice of mankind must
give up himself, in a great measure, to the convenience or humour
of those who surround him. Every man who is sick of himself will
fly to him for relief; he that wants to speak will require him
to hear; and he that wants to hear will expect him to speak.
Hour passes after hour, the noon succeeds to morning, and the
evening to noon, while a thousand objects are forced upon his
attention, which he rejects as fast as they are offered, but
which the custom of the world requires to be received with the
appearance of regard."
Johnson: Idler #14 (July 15, 1758)
1,745. Leadership; Writing
"Those who will not take the trouble to think for themselves,
have always somebody that thinks for them; and the difficulty in
writing is to please those from whom others learn to be
Johnson: Idler #3 (April 29, 1758)