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If there is not the war, you don't get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don't get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.
A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.
James Freeman Clarke
To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.
A politician is a person with whose politics you don't agree; if you agree with him he's a statesman.
David Lloyd George
He was what I often think is a dangerous thing for a statesman to be - a student of history; and like most of those who study history, he learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.
A. J. P. Taylor
My father was a statesman, I am a political woman. My father was a saint. I am not.
A statesman... must wait until he hears the steps of God sounding through events, then leap up and grasp the hem of His garment.
Otto von Bismarck
The true statesman is the one who is willing to take risks.
Charles de Gaulle
A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement.
A statesman who confines himself to popular legislation - or, for the matter of that, a playwright who confines himself to popular plays - is like a blind man's dog who goes wherever the blind man pulls him, on the ground that both of them want to go to the same place.
George Bernard Shaw
To be a statesman, you must first get elected.
J. William Fulbright
Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.
What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.
The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.
A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.
I think it better that in times like these a poet's mouth be silent, for in truth we have no gift to set a statesman right.
William Butler Yeats
A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years.
Harry S Truman
War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight, the lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
A statesman, we are told, should follow public opinion. Doubtless, as a coachman follows his horses; having firm hold on the reins and guiding them.
A statesman cannot afford to be a moralist.
The statesman shears the sheep; the politician skins them.
The three great ends which a statesman ought to propose to himself in the government of a nation, are one, Security to possessors; two, facility to acquirers; and three, hope to all.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The opposition is indispensable. A good statesman, like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opposition than from his fervent supporters.
Nelson Mandela is, for me, the single statesman in the world. The single statesman, in that literal sense, who is not solving all his problems with guns. It's truly unbelievable.
The fastest way for a politician to become an elder statesman is to lose an election.
C. S. Lewis
John F. Kennedy
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