I recently saw this snippet as I browsed through my old files from a previous job:

There’s a story about Robespierre that has the preeminent rabble-rouser of the French Revolution leaping up from his chair as soon as he saw a mob assembling outside.

“I must see which way the crowd is headed,” Robespierre is reputed to have said: “For I am their leader.”

Some people are so desperate to lead they don’t care where they’re going …