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STATESMANSHIP
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The cordial agreement which exists between the governments of France and Great Britain.
  [Fr., La cordiale entente qui existe entre le gouvernement francais et celui de la Grande-Bretagne.]
      - Unattributed Author, Le Charivari,
        review of a speech by Guizot, Jan. 1, 1844

If one has no better method of enticement to offer, the cordial agreement seems to us to be the best compromise.
  [Fr., Si l'on n'a pas de meilleurs moyen de seduction a lui offrir, l'entente cordiale nous parait fort compromise.]
      - Unattributed Author, Le Charivari
         (vol. XV, no. 3, p. 4),
        referring to the ambassador of Morocco, then in Paris (1846)

It is strange so great a statesman should
  Be so sublime a poet.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        Richelieu (act I, sc. 2)

A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would by my standard of a statesman.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Reflections on the Revolution in France

Learn to think impartially.
      - Joseph Chamberlain,
        in a speech at Guildhall, Jan. 19, 1904

No statesman e'er will find it worth his pains
  To tax our labours and excise our brains.
      - Charles Churchill, Night (l. 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,
        Sep., 1859

A statesman cannot afford to be a moralist.
      - William James (Will) Durant

I have the courage of my opinions, but I have not the temerity to give a political blank cheque to Lord Salisbury.
      - Sir William Edward Goschen, in Parliament

Spheres of influence.
      - Granville George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville,
        a version of his "spheres of action" phrase found letter to Count Munster, Apr. 29, 1884

Ambassadors are the eye and ear of states.
  [It., Gli ambasciadori sono l'occhio e l'orecchio degli stati.]
      - Franceso Guicciardini, Storia d'Italia

Learn to think continentally.
      - Alexander Hamilton,
        paraphrase of his words in a speech to his American countrymen

Peace. commerce, and honest friendship with all nations--entangling alliances with none.
      - Thomas Jefferson,
        in his first inaugural address

We say that someone occupies an official position, whereas it is the official position that occupies him.
      - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Honest statesmanship is the wise employment of individual manners for the public good.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Nursed by stern men with empires in their brains.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        The Biglow Papers--Mason and Slidell

A great statesman is he who knows when to depart from traditions, as well as when to adhere to them.
      - John Stuart Mill

Who would not praise Patrico'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
         (ep. I, l. 82)

Statesman, yet friend to truth! of soul sincere,
  In action faithful, and in honour clear;
    Who broke no promise, served no private end,
      Who gained no title, and who lost no friend,
        Ennobled by himself, by all approved,
          And praised, unenvied, by the Muse he loved.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays--To Hamilton
         (epistle V, l. 67)

It is well indeed for out land that we of this generation have learned to think nationally.
      - Theodore Roosevelt, Builders of the State

The statesman cannot govern without stability of belief, true or false.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        Everybody's Political What's What

If you wish to preserve your secret wrap it up in frankness.
      - Alexander Smith,
        Dreamthorp--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.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam
         (pt. LXIII)

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.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, To the Queen (st. 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 (pseudonym of Charles Farrar Browne),
        Things in New York


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