Diplomacy Quotes

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All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.

socialism

Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way.
Diplomacy, n.  The patriotic art of lying for one's country.
A diplomat is someone who thinks twice before saying nothing.
Diplomacy is the art of fishing tranquilly in troubled waters.

socialism

Diplomacy gets you out of what tact would have kept you out of.

tact

Diplomacy is to do and say
The nastiest thing in the nicest way.
Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest things in the nicest way.

socialism

Keeping as many channels open as possible is the diplomatic imperative.
An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth.

lying

To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.

socialism

Negotiation in the classic diplomatic sense assumes both parties are more anxious to agree than disagree.

negotiation

A Foreign Secretary. . .is always caught by a cruel dilemma—hovering between the cliché and the indiscretion.
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.

socialism

Diplomacy is the art of saying things in such a way that those to whom we speak may listen to them with pleasure.
When confronted with an ugly woman, the bureaucrat will say, 'You have a face that would stop a clock!' The diplomat will say, 'When I look into your eyes, time stands still.'