Negotiation Quotes

Most popular negotiation quotes

Always think in terms of what the other person wants.


Don't shake hands too eagerly.
— Greek proverb

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Necessity never made a good bargain.


Hay is more acceptable to an ass than gold.
— Latin proverb

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The spider and the fly can't make a bargain.
— Jamaican proverb


You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

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Never claim as a right what you can ask as a favor.

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Better a friendly refusan than an unwilling promise.
— German proverb

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Let me suggest that tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss.
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
Neither a Fortress nor a Maidenhead will hold out long after they begin to parley.
The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.

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We cannot negotiate with those who say, "what's mine is mine, what's yours is negotiable."
When a man tells me he's going to put all his cards on the table, I always look up his sleeve.
There is nothing more likely to start disagreement among people or countries than an agreement.


When a man tells me he is going to put all his cards on the table, I always look up his sleeve.
One and one is two, and two and two is four, and five will get you ten if you know how to work it.
It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.


Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into negotiations. Your and mine cannot be separated.
A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way everyone believes that he has the biggest piece.


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


The timid man yearns for full value and demands a tenth. The bold man strikes for double value and compromises on par.
To get others to come to our way of thinking, we must go over to theirs. And it is necessary to follow in order to lead.

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The ability to see the situation as the other side sees it is one of the most important skills a negotiator can possess.
If there is any one secret of success it lies in the ability to get the other person's point of view and see things from his angle as well as from your own.


To reconcile means to bring peace and happiness to members of our family, society, and other nations. To promote the work of reconciliation, we have to refrain from aligning ourselves with one party or another so that we understand both. This work takes courage; we may be suppressed or even killed by those we wish to help. After listening to both sides, we can tell each side about the suffering of the other. This alone will bring about greater understanding.