Definitions: (1) majestic in mien or manner; lofty, (2) dignified elegance

Synonyms: elevated, grand, imposing, lordly, magnificent, proud

Quote: Redwood time moves at a more stately pace than human time. To us, when we look at a redwood tree, it seems to be motionless and still, and yet redwoods are constantly in motion, moving upward into space, articulating themselves and filling redwood space over redwood time, over thousands of years. — Richard Preston (1954) American writer

Comment: When you attend a formal occasion (whether funeral of state dinner) present yourself with appropriate stately decorum.

Definitions: (1) one versed in the principles or art of government; (2) one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government or in shaping its policies; (3) a wise, skillful, and respected leader serving in the public interest.

Quote: The art of statesmanship is to foresee the inevitable and to expedite its occurrence. — Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand (1754–1838) French statesman