quotes tagged with 'statesman'
Author: Sir William Francis Butler, Source: Unknown
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: Otto von Bismark, Source: Unknown
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: Mikhail Gorbachev, Source: Unknown
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: James Freeman Clarke, Source: Unknown
A politician thinks about the next elections — the statesman thinks about the next generations.
Author: Benjamin Franklin, Source: Poor Richard's Almanack, 1733
A fine genius in his own country is like gold in the mine.
Author: Neal A. Maxwell, Source: http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=6735
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: Joseph Story, Source: Commentaries on the Constitution (http://books.google.com/book...
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.
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. 129
Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.Author: James Madison, The Federalist No. 10, Source: http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa10.htm
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. 123