I think there is some idiom for this like "It ain't easy being king" or "it's not easy running the world". Can't remember. Thanks.

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    There's always "Nobody knew health care could be so complicated." – Hot Licks Mar 18 '17 at 22:57
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    Relevant: You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose. (Mario Cuomo) – Ronald Sole Mar 19 '17 at 12:38
  • @HotLicks I'm actually going to use that! "As draconian as the board may seem, the residents hardly make governing easy. In the words of one famous leader--nobody knew it could be so complicated." – journalismfreak Mar 24 '17 at 4:17

"It ain't easy being king" is one that I've heard used. Presumably it's a reworking of "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown." from Shakespeare's Henry the Fourth, Part 2 Act 3, scene 1, 26–31

Canst thou, O partial sleep, give thy repose
To the wet sea-boy in an hour so rude,
And in the calmest and most stillest night,
With all appliances and means to boot,
Deny it to a king? Then happy low, lie down!
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

The phrase has also been altered to "Heavy is the head that wears the crown".

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