Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.
— James Russell Lowell

Honest statesmanship is the wise employment of individual meanness for the public good.
Abraham Lincoln statesmanship quote

He has conferred on the practice of vacillation the aura of statesmanship.
— Kenneth Baker

In statesmanship get the formalities right, never mind about the moralities.
— Mark Twain

I believe that the public temper is such that the voters of the land are prepared to support the party which gives the best promise of administering the government in the honest, simple, and plain manner which is consistent with its character and purposes. They have learned that mystery and concealment in the management of their affairs cover tricks and betrayal. The statesmanship they require consists in honesty and frugality, a prompt response to the needs of the people as they arise, and a vigilant protection of all their varied interests.
— statesmanship quotation by Grover Cleveland