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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1025
AUTHOR: Author unknown
QUOTATION: Some citizens are so good that nothing a leader can do will make them better. Others are so incorrigible that nothing can be done to improve them. But the great bulk of the people go with the moral tide of the moment. The leader must help create that tide.
ATTRIBUTION: Author unknown. Attributed to a nineteenth century Japanese philosopher by John W. Gardner, as quoted by Edward P. Morgan in his syndicated column.—The Washington Post, September 29, 1970, p. A18.
SUBJECTS: Leadership