From one of the books currently under my view
Plato by a goodly similitude declareth, why wise men refrain to meddle in the commonwealth. For when they see the people swarm into the streets, and daily wet to the skin with rain, and yet cannot persuade them to go out of the rain, they do keep themselves within their houses, seeing they cannot remedy the folly of the people.
Sir Thomas More (1478 - 1535)
Source: Utopia, 1516, Concerning the Best State of a Commonwealth