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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:1405
AUTHOR:Harry S. Truman (1884–1972)
QUOTATION:I’m proud that I’m a politician. 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.
ATTRIBUTION:HARRY S. TRUMAN, impromptu remarks before the Reciprocity Club, Washington, D.C., April 11, 1958, as reported by the New York World-Telegram and Sun, April 12, 1958, p. 4.
SUBJECTS:Politicians
 
 
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