Statesmanship is the practice of a Statesman, usually a politician or other notable public figure who has had a long and respected career in politics or government at the national and international level. As a term of respect, it is usually left to supporters or commentators to use the term. When politicians retire, they are often referred to as elder statesmen. Statesmanship also conveys a quality of leadership that organically brings people together and of eldership, a spirit of caring for others and for the whole
- It is strange so great a statesman should
Be so sublime a poet.
- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Richelieu (1839), Act I, scene 2.
- A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.
- Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).
- Learn to think imperially.
- Joseph Chamberlain, Speech at Guildhall (Jan. 19, 1904).
- La cordiale entente qui existe entre le gouvernement français et celui de la Grande-Bretagne.
- The cordial agreement which exists between the governments of France and Great Britain.
- Le Charivari (Jan. 6, 1844). Review of a Speech by Guizot.
- Si l'on n'a pas de meilleurs moyen de sèduction a lui offrir, l'entente cordiale nous paraît fort compromise.
- If one has no better method of enticement to offer, the cordial agreement seems to us to be the best compromise.
- Le Charivari, Volume XV. No. 3, p. 4. (1846), referring to the ambassador of Morocco, then in Paris.
- No statesman e'er will find it worth his pains
To tax our labours and excise our brains.
- Charles Churchill, Night, an Epistle to Robert Lloyd (1761), line 271.
- The people of the two nations [French and English] must be brought into mutual dependence by the supply of each other's wants. There is no other way of counteracting the antagonism of language and race. It is God's own method of producing an entente cordiale, and no other plan is worth a farthing.
- Richard Cobden, letter to M. Michel Chevalier (Sept., 1859). "Entente cordiale," used by Queen Victoria to Lord John Russell (Sept. 7, 1848). Littré (Dict.) dates its use to speech in The Chamber of Deputies, 1840–41. Phrase in a letter written by the Dutch Governor-General at Batavia to the Bewinikebbers (directors) at Amsterdam (Dec. 15, 1657). See Notes and Queries (Sept. 11, 1909), p. 216. Early examples given in Stanford Dictionary. Cobden probably first user to make the phrase popular. Quoted also by Lord Aberdeen. Phrase appeared in the Foreign Quarterly Review (Oct., 1844). Used by Louis Philippe in a speech from the throne (Jan., 1843), to express friendly relations between France and England.
- I have the courage of my opinions, but I have not the temerity to give a political blank cheque to Lord Salisbury.
- George Goschen, 1st Viscount Goschen, in Parliament (Feb. 19, 1884).
- Gli ambasciadori sono l'occhio e l'orecchio degli stati.
- Ambassadors are the eye and ear of states.
- Francesco Guicciardini, Storia d'Italia (1537-1540).
- Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations—entangling alliances with none.
- Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1801).
- Who would not praise Patricio's high desert,
His hand unstain'd, his uncorrupted heart,
His comprehensive head? all interests weigh'd,
All Europe sav'd, yet Britain not betray'd.
- Alexander Pope, Moral Essays (1731-35), Epistle I, line 82.
- If you wish to preserve your secret wrap it up in frankness.
- Alexander Smith, Dreamthorp (1863), On the Writing of Essays.
- And lives to clutch the golden keys,
To mould a mighty state's decrees,
And shape the whisper of the throne.
- Why forego the advantages of so peculiar a situation?—Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground?—Why by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humour or caprice?
- George Washington, Farewell Address (Sept. 17, 1796).
- 'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances, with any portion of the foreign world—so far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it.
- George Washington, Farewell Address (Sept. 17, 1796).
- Legatus est vir bonus peregre missus ad mentiendem rei publicæ causæ.
- An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth.
- Henry Wotton, in the autograph album of Christopher Fleckamore (1604). Eight years later Jasper Scioppius published it with malicious intent. Wotton apologized, but insisted on the double meaning of lie as a jest. A leiger is an ambassador. So used by Samuel Butler, Hudibras (1678), Part II, III, 139. Also by Thomas Fuller, The Holy State and the Profane State (1642), p. 306.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 752-53.
- Spheres of influence.
- Version of Earl Granville's phrase. "Spheres of action," found in his letter to Count Münster, April 29, 1885. Hertslet's Map of Africa by Treaty, p. 596. Translation May 7, 1885. See also phrase used in Convention between Great Britain and France, Aug. 10, 1889, in same, p. 562.
- Learn to think continentally.
- Alexander Hamilton. Paraphrase of his words in a Speech to his American fellow countrymen.
- Nursed by stern men with empires in their brains.
- James Russell Lowell, Biglow Papers, Mason and Slidell.
- Statesman, yet friend to truth; of soul sincere,
In action faithful, and in honour clear;
Who broke no promise, serv'd no private end,
Who gain'd no title, and who lost no friend;
Ennobled by himself, by all approv'd,
And prais'd, unenvy'd, by the Muse he lov'd.
- Alexander Pope, Epistle to Addison, line 67.
- It is well indeed for our land that we of this generation have learned to think nationally.
- Theodore Roosevelt, Builders of the State.
- And statesmen at her council met
Who knew the seasons when to take
Occasion by the hand, and make
The bounds of freedom wider yet.
- Alfred Tennyson, To the Queen, Stanza 8.
- Why don't you show us a statesman who can rise up to the emergency, and cave in the emergency's head.
- Artemus Ward, Things in New York.
- Tell the truth, and so puzzle and confound your adversaries.
- Henry Wotton, Advice to a young diplomat.
- 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.
- A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years.
- The statesman's duty is to bridge the gap between experience and vision.
- The task of statesmen is to resolve complexity, not to contemplate it.
- There will be need for a new word. Presumably, we shall have to call her a Stateswoman. This is the suffragette's dream come true.
- London's Evening News (July 21, 1960) (On Sirimavo Bandaranaike's election to Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, the world's first elected female head of government though other women heads of state and government and other women political leaders had been referred to as statesmen.
- Other former Presidents have struggled with less success to use their special status and experience for the common weal. Most have written memoirs, some have striven to be elder statesmen while shunning real risks, others have turned to golf or (in the case of Teddy Roosevelt) strenuous feats of hunting and exploration. Jimmy Carter has not flinched from risk-taking and has played a crucial role as an honest broker, most notably in spurring nuclear talks with North Korea but also in civil conflicts in Ethiopia, the Sudan and Liberia.
- New York Times.
- One man's opportunism is another man's statesmanship.
- I consider even a victorious war as an evil, from which statesmanship must endeavor to spare nations.
- A politician thinks about the next elections — the statesman thinks about the next generations.
- What is the difference between a statesman and a politician?... A statesman does what he believes is best for his country, a politician does what best gets him re-elected.
- A politician is a person with whose politics you don't agree; if you agree with him he's a statesman
- A statesman is a dead politician. We need more statesmen.