A relatively less experienced academic friend of mine who is teaching at a school that does not seem to get all the due blessing as we thought. I quote his/her words:
"I don't have power; I don't have a position; I don't have administrative ambition; I don't have anyone to count on; and I haven't got another university to go to.
What I do have, and do not want to be taken away however, is the last glimpse of dignity, and even lesser, that little tiny integrity remained."
That was after I reminded him/her of how being trapped in office politics will harm one's academic career. I used my own experience as an example.