quote by Abraham Lincoln

A statesman is he who thinks in the future generations, and a politician is he who thinks in the upcoming elections.

— Abraham Lincoln

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The role of the scholar is to destroy chimeras, that of the statesman is to make use of them.


The opportunist thinks of me and today. The statesman thinks of us and tomorrow.

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Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.

There are certain basic principles regarding the proper role of government.

If principles are correct, then they can be applied to any specific proposal with confidence... The true statesman values principle above popularity, and works to create popularity for those political principles which are wise and just.

A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.


I regard it (the Constitution) as the work of the purest patriots and wisest statesman that ever existed, aided by the smiles of a benign Providence; it almost appears a "Divine interposition in our behalf... the hand that destroys our Constitution rends our Union asunder forever.

The statesman must think in terms of the national interest, conceived as power among other powers. The popular mind, unaware of the fine distinctions of the statesman's thinking, reasons more often than not in the simple moralistic and legalistic terms of absolute good and absolute evil.

A rule that may serve for a statesman, a courtier, or a lovernever make a defence or an apology before you be accused.

Given a short time with a psycho-politician you can alter forever the loyalty of a soldier in our hands or a statesman or a leader in his own country, or you can destroy his mind.

The mother is the one supreme asset of national life;

she is more important by far than the successful statesman, or business man, or artist, or scientist.


The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.

A politician is a person with whose politics you don't agree;

if you agree with him he's a statesman.

And when statesman or others worry [the scientist] too much, then he should leave with his possessions.

Today as always, men fall into two groups: slaves and free men.

Whoever does not have two-thirds of his day for himself, is a slave, whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman, an official, or a scholar.

It is only natural that for any statesman at the helm of any government the question of his country's security should be a concern of the utmost importance.


I'm a man of some intelligence. I've had some education, passed the bar, practiced law. I've been a teacher and I deal with men of substance, statesman, business leaders, the clergy... So why do I spend my time arguing with Dizzy Dean?

Statesman are suspected of plotting against mankind, rather than consulting their interests, and are esteemed more crafty than learned.

A politician thinks of the next election;

a statement of the next generation. A politician looks for the success of his party; a statesman for that of his country. The statesman wishes to steer, while the politician is satisfied to drift.

The opposition is indispensable. A good statesman, like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opposition than from his fervent supporters.

A politician is a man who understands government, and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead 10 or 15 years.


As the chief speaker at the dedication of the national cemetery at the Gettysburg Battlefield, statesman Edward Everett wrote to Lincoln: I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion in two hours as you did in two minutes.

Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.

Statesman only talk of fate when they have blundered

It would be a serious mistake to replace a seasoned statesman with a tempermental tycoon who has no respect for the constitution.

A statesman is a politician who places himself at the service of the nation.

A politician is a statesman who places the nation at his service.


A statesman who shakes the fruit trees of his neighbors - to dislodge the worms.

A statesman is an easy man, he tells his lies by rote.

A journalist invents his lies, and rams them down your throat. So stay at home and drink your beer and let the neighbors vote.

The National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.

At 82, Nelson (who wrote the song "On the Road Again," among a thousand or more others) is the elder statesman of country music, a steadying and powerful voice in the industry and on environmental issues, and he's still on the road much of the year. The music keeps calling.

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.


I will tell you whom to vote for: We will vote for the principles of civil and religious liberty, the man who knows the most and who has the best heart and brain for a statesman; and we do not care a farthing whether he is a Whig, a Democrat, a Barnburner, a Republican, or a New Light or anything else.

Education and morals make the good man, the good statesman, the good ruler.

He's passed from rising hope to elder statesman without any intervening period whatsoever.

A wise man who stands firm is a statesman, a foolish man who stands firm is a catastrophe.