Quotation by Anthony Trollope

One wants in a Prime Minister a good many things, but not very great things. He should be clever but need not be a genius; he should be conscientious but by no means strait-laced; he should be cautious but never timid, bold but never venturesome; he should have a good digestion, genial manners, and, above all, a thick skin.
Anthony Trollope (1815–1882), British novelist. Duke of St. Bungay, in The Prime Minister, vol. 4, ch. xli, London, Chapman and Hall (1876).
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