Diplomacy Quotes, Sayings about being diplomat
When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.
- Winston Churchill
American diplomacy is easy on the brain but hell on the feet.
- Charles G. Dawes
Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest things in the nicest way.
- Isaac Goldberg
To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.
- Will Durant
Diplomacy means the art of nearly deceiving all your friends, but not quite deceiving all your enemies.
- Kofi Busia
A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
- Caskie Stinnett
Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.
- John Stuart Mill
Diplomacy is not the art of letting someone have your way.
- Franklin Covey
All war represents a failure of diplomacy.
- Tony Benn
Diplomats were invented simply to waste time.
- David Lloyd George
I never refuse. I contradict. I sometimes forget.
- Benjamin Disraeli
Once the Xerox copier was invented, diplomacy died.
- Andrew Young
All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.
- Chou En-Lai
Modern diplomats approach every problem with an open mouth.
- Arthur J. Goldberg
A drop of honey catches more flies than a hogshead of vinegar.
Sincere diplomacy is no more possible than dry water or wooden iron.
- Joseph Stalin
Diplomacy is the art of saying “Nice doggie!” till you can find a rock.
- Wynn Catlin
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy
The only summit meeting that can succeed is the one that does not take place.
- Barry M. Goldwater
A diplomat these days is nothing but a head-waiter who’s allowed to sit down occasionally.
- Peter Ustinov
A real diplomat is one who can cut his neighbor’s throat without having his neighbor notice it.
- Trygve Lie
Diplomacy, n. Lying in state, or the patriotic art of lying for one’s country.
- Ambrose Bierce
A diplomat’s life is made up of three ingredients: protocol, Geritol and alcohol.
- Adlai Stevenson
The principle of give and take is the principle of diplomacy–give one and take ten.
- Mark Twain
Conferences at the top level are always courteous. Name calling is left to the foreign ministers.
- W. Averell Harriman
Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
- Otto von Bismarck
Negotiation in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree.
- Dean Acheson
This is the devilish thing about foreign affairs: they are foreign and will not always conform to our whims.
- James Reston
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
- Johann Wolfgang
International arbitration may be defined as the substitution of many burning questions for a smouldering one.
- Ambrose Bierce