> Many there are who, giving their opinion, not as an opinion but as a law, will defend their position by such phrases, as: “Well, if I were president, or governor, I would,——”, and while by the warmth of their argument they prove that they are utterly unable to govern their own temper, they will endeavor to persuade you that they are perfectly competent to take charge of the government of the nation.

—Cecil B. Hartley, [_The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness_](https://bookshop.org/books/the-gentleman-s-book-of-etiquette-and-manual-of-politeness/9781843915416)