Statesmen Quotes

The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull. This is not always easy to achieve. Dean Acheson

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. Stanley Baldwin

A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman. Edmund Burke

A constitutional statesman is in general terms a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities. Walter Bagehot

A politician is a person with whose politics you don’t agree; if you agree with him he’s a statesman. David Lloyd George

A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement. Abba Eban

The fastest way for a politician to become an elder statesman is to lose an election. Earl Wilson

The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils. Enoch Powell

A statesman cannot afford to be a moralist. Will Durant

A statesman is a successful politician who is dead. Thomas B Reed