“The opposition is indispensable. A good statesman, like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opponents than from his fervent supporters.”
“A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.”
James Freeman Clarke
“A politician is a person with whose politics you don't agree; if you agree with him he's a statesman.”
David Lloyd George
“Now I know what a statesman is; he's a dead politician. We need more statesmen.”
“The true statesman is the one who is willing to take risks.”
Charles de Gaulle
“Statesman all over, in plots famous grown,/ He mouths a sentence, as curs mouth a bone.”
“The fastest way for a politician to become an elder statesman is to lose an election.”
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