« Un politicien pense à la prochaine élection. L’homme d’État, à la prochaine génération »

« Un politicien pense à la prochaine élection. L’homme d’État, à la prochaine génération. »

James Freeman Clarke

« There is a wide difference between the politician and the statesman. A politician is a man who thinks of the next election ; while the statesman thinks of the next generation. The politician thinks of the success of his party, the statesman of the good of his country. The politician wishes to carry this or that measure, the statesman to establish this or the other principle. Finally, the statesman wishes to steer ; while the politician is contented to drift. »

Wanted, a Statesman ! – Old and New magazine (1870)