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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