People try so hard to believe in leaders now, pitifully hard. But
we no sooner get a popular reformer or politician or soldier or
writer or philosopher-- a Roosevelt, a Tolstoi, a Wood, a Shaw,
a Nietzsche, than the cross-currents of criticism wash him away.
My Lord, no man can stand prominence these days. It's the
surest path to obscurity. People get sick of hearing the same
name over and over."
(Amory Blaine, in "This Side of Paradise")