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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.
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.
Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.
The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.
A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.
James Freeman Clarke
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
The statesman's duty is to bridge the gap between his nation's experience and his vision.
Henry A. Kissinger
A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years.
Harry S. Truman
To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.
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.
War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight, the lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
My father was a statesman, I am a political woman. My father was a saint. I am not.
A statesman cannot afford to be a moralist.
The statesman shears the sheep; the politician skins them.
A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.
Adlai E. Stevenson
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
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 opposition is indispensable. A good statesman, like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opposition than from his fervent supporters.
The true statesman is the one who is willing to take risks.
Charles de Gaulle
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
You know, a statesman is a dead politician.
At home, you always have to be a politician; when you're abroad, you almost feel yourself a statesman.
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
A statesman wants courage and a statesman wants vision; but believe me, after six months' experience, he wants first, second, third and all the time - patience.
A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.
The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull.
You can always get the truth from an American statesman after he has turned seventy, or given up all hope of the Presidency.
The fastest way for a politician to become an elder statesman is to lose an election.
Now I know what a statesman is; he's a dead politician. We need more statesmen.
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