quotes tagged with 'statesman'

The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to have its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards.

Author: Sir William Francis Butler, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in soldier statesman scholar fools cowards williamfrancisbutler 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The statesman's task is to hear God's footsteps marching through history, and to try and catch on to His coattails as He marches past.

Author: Otto von Bismark, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in history statesman ottovonbismark 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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 reelected.

Author: Mikhail Gorbachev, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in politician posterity statesman country elected mikhailgorbachev 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

A politician thinks about the next elections — the statesman thinks about the next generations.

Author: James Freeman Clarke, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in election politician posterity statesman jamesfreemanclarke 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

A fine genius in his own country is like gold in the mine.

Author: Benjamin Franklin, Source: Poor Richard's Almanack, 1733Saved by ImaWriterIII in benjaminfranklin genius statesman 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

It is, parenthetically, a hallmark of free nations that their citizens can discipline themselves today for a better tomorrow. Yet America is in trouble (as are other nations) precisely because a patient persistence in a wise course of public policy is so difficult to attain. Too many impatient politicians buy today's votes with tomorrow's inflation.

Author: Neal A. Maxwell, Source: http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=6735Saved by cboyack in government nation economy patience patience politician inflation statesman 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings and blood of their ancestors; and capable, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence…Republics are created by the virture, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens.  They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.

Author: Joseph Story, Source: Commentaries on the Constitution (http://books.google.com/book...Saved by cboyack in politics constitution liberty government freedom character knowledge usa youth statesman heritage 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
A statesman is a certain type of leader, one who takes character and moral courage into small business and major corporations, the media and entertainment, homes and families, schools and universities, hospitals and law firms, the military or the clergy, and government….Statesmen apply statesmanship to industry, academia, government or whatever career path they choose. Individuals with such training think and act in a certain way. Their decisions are rooted in history, based on true principles, and made concerning the long-term impact on society. The result is an uncommon individual, guided by virtue, wisdom, diplomacy and courage.
Author: Shawn Ercanbrack, Source: Quoted in "A Thomas Jefferson Education", p. 129Saved by cboyack in government truth virtue virtue character leadership business morality leader politician statesman 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.
Author: James Madison, The Federalist No. 10, Source: http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa10.htmSaved by rpage in government statesman legislators 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
In the representative system, the reason for everything must publicly appear. Every man is a proprietor in government, and considers it a necessary part of his business to understand. It concerns his interest, because it affects his property. He examines the cost, and compares it with the advantages; and above all, he does not adopt the slavish custom of following what in other governments are called LEADERS.
Author: Thomas Paine, Source: Rights of Man, p. 123Saved by cboyack in politics government public leader citizen republic statesman citizenship representation 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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