The Qualities of Statesmanship

Quality – from Latin qualitatem (nominative qualitas) “a quality, property; nature, state, condition” from qualis “what kind of a” “an inherent attribute,” also “degree of goodness or excellence.” “a distinguished and characteristic excellence.”

Statesmanship – one versed in the principles or art of government. especially : one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government or in shaping its policies. : a wise, skillful, and respected leader serving in the public interest.

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

– James Freeman Clarke 1870