quote by Enoch Powell

The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils.

— Enoch Powell

Off-limits Statesmanship quotations

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of today.


We lost the American colonies because we lacked the statesmanship to know the right time and the manner of yielding what is impossible to keep.

One man's opportunism is another man's statesmanship.

The art of statesmanship is to foresee the inevitable and to expedite its occurrence.

I consider even a victorious war as an evil, from which statesmanship must endeavor to spare nations.


Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof.

The essence of statesmanship is not a rigid adherence to the past, but a prudent and probing concern for the future.

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.

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.

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


It is sound statesmanship to add two battleships every time our neighbour adds one and two stories to our skyscrapers every time he piles a new one on top of his to threaten our light. There is no limit to this soundness but the sky.

Statesmanship is developed in the hard knocks of general experience, private and public.

Piano playing is more difficult than statesmanship.

It is harder to awake emotions in ivory keys than it is in human beings.

You call that statesmanship. I call it an emotional spasm.

Today is the day for the complaining to end and for statesmanship to begin.

Today I am taking action to cut state spending and balance the budget this year.


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

The great task of statesmanship is to apply past lessons to new situations, to draw correct analogies to understand and act upon present forces, to recognise the need for change.

It is wise statesmanship which suggests that in time of peace we must prepare for war, and it is no less a wise benevolence that makes preparation in the hour of peace for assuaging the ills that are sure to accompany war.

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.

The difference between being an elder statesman And posing successfully as an elder statesman Is practically negligible.


A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.

Social movements are at once the symptoms and the instruments of progress.

Ignore them and statesmanship is irrelevant; fail to use them and it is weak.

Stern men with empires in their brains.

There are some whom the applause of the multitude has deluded into the belief that they are really statesmen.

Ambassadors are the eye and ear of states.


Statistical science is indispensable to modern statesmanship.

In legislation as in physical science it is beginning to be understood that we can control terrestrial forces only by obeying their laws. The legislator must formulate in his statutes not only the national will, but also those great laws of social life revealed by statistics.

Statesmanship is harder than politics.

Politics is the art of getting along with people, whereas statesmanship is the art of getting along with politicians.

Hitler was such an anomalous character - he was so over-the-top chaotic in his approach to statesmanship, his manner and in the violence which overwhelmed the country initially. I think diplomats around the world... felt like something like that simply would not be tolerated by the people of Germany.

It is within your power at this very moment not only to consumate an act of enlightened statesmanship, but, as the instrument of the Almighty, to restore to freedom a race of men.

And, consequently, the art of propaganda or public information becomes one of the most powerful forms of directive statesmanship.


Statesman create; ordinary leaders consume. The ordinary leader is satisfied with ameliorating the environment, not transforming it; a statesman must be a visionary and an educator.

The legislator must be in advance of his age.

Across the mind of the statesman flash ever and anon the brilliant, though partial, intimations of future events.... Something which is more than fore-sight and less than prophetic knowledge marks the statesman a peculiar being among his contemporaries.

It is well indeed for out land that we of this generation have learned to think nationally.

In statesmanship there are predicaments from which it is impossible to escape without some wrongdoing.