From Jack Gance by Ward Just (1989), in which the protagonist decides to leave his position as a White House advisor to become a self-employed political consultant, later in life:

It was not difficult to begin again but discouraging, because the results of men who had tried were everywhere to be seen. They recreated themselves because they wanted their youth back, not the youth they had had but the youth they believed they were entitled to. They believed they had been robbed of it. They had been under duress and had neglected their brightest, freshest years, the American birthright according to the American novelist. But it wasn’t youth; youth had nothing to do with it. It was courage they wanted, though this was vulgar to admit. It was hard being your own man, because you did not know what that was, after so many years in the crowd; or you thought you knew all too well.

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