Monarchical minds are always proud, and cannot back down without feelings of humiliation.
Gist of Idea
Monarchs are always proud, and can't back down
Baruch de Spinoza (Tractatus Theologico-Politicus , 18.05)
This would seem to be a problem in all politicians. As I teacher I found that backing down was sometimes quite a smart move, but you can only do it occasionally.
Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Theological-Political Treatise', ed/tr. Israel,Jonathan [CUP 2007], p.233