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The fastest way for a politician to become an elder statesman is to lose an election.
A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.
The people who despise America are the editors of the 'New Statesman.' Their green-card applications must have been turned down.
P. J. O'Rourke
A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.
Adlai E. Stevenson
You can always get the truth from an American statesman after he has turned seventy, or given up all hope of the Presidency.
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.
At home, you always have to be a politician; when you're abroad, you almost feel yourself a statesman.
You hit a certain age, and you haven't died yet, and you become an elder statesman. I think I get a lot of applause because I'm not keeling over.
The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull.
Now I know what a statesman is; he's a dead politician. We need more statesmen.
I've written for 'The Times' because they have valued what I do enough to pay me. The 'New Statesman' magazine also asked me to write an article, but they didn't want to pay me anything. To me, that shows how much they value quality journalism.
If you watch the evening news, Dr. Kissinger is very often brought on to sort of be the statesman of his age and to reflect dispassionately on world events. And so a film challenging his legacy, a film that assesses charges that are quite grave against him, is something that is touchy for the media to show.
He's passed from rising hope to elder statesman without any intervening period whatsoever.
My parents were Northern Ireland Labour party people. We read the 'Guardian' and the 'New Statesman,' listened to the BBC. The house was full of books. We didn't get a television until 'That Was The Week That Was' started. There was nothing to do but read.
He has not yet become an elder statesman, though his foreign policy credentials are considerable, but he is certainly our ancient mariner, forever tugging at our sleeve to let him tell his tale of what really happened.
If you're a man and you are confident and you are ambitious and strong, then you are a statesman and a leader. If you are a woman and you have those qualities, well, they have a not-so-flattering term for that.
The same contingencies of time and space that force a statesman or soldier to make decisions, impel the historian, though with less urgency, to make up his mind.
Samuel E. Morison
Man is priest, and scholar, and statesman, and producer, and soldier.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tom Foley was a statesman, and it was a privilege to serve under him when he was the Speaker of the House. He loved our country. He was a gentleman. I had the privilege of seeing him a couple days before he passed away.
You know, a statesman is a dead politician.
I very much wanted to be editor of the 'New Statesman!' But I never wanted to be prime minister, except maybe as a little boy.
I was working at the 'Evening Standard' when I heard that there was a job going as deputy literary editor on the 'New Statesman.' I remember thinking, 'That's perfect.' It was three days a week, and I had children, but I could make that work - so I applied for it and got it.
I mean, like a lot of kids growing up in the early seventies, I was fed Dr. Kissinger with my Fruit Loops. He was the Dr. Ruth of American foreign policy, and the model statesman.
It is only natural that for any statesman at the helm of any government the question of his country's security should be a concern of the utmost importance.
There is a difference between the typical politician and the statesman. A typical politician is that person who tells people what people want to hear, while the statesman tells people what people need to know.
It is neither the statesman nor the friend who is asking your help and assistance, but simply the man.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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