Diplomacy Quotes

You can do a lot with diplomacy, but with diplomacy backed up by force you can get a lot more done.

Kofi Atta Annan

All war represents a failure of diplomacy.

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

When we\'re trying to solve difficult national issues its sometimes necessary to talk to adversaries as well as friends. Historians have a word for this: diplomacy.

Albright, Madeleine

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

Bisaac Goldberg

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

Isaac Goldberg

ULTIMATUM, n. In diplomacy, a last demand before resorting to concessions.

Ambrose Bierce

DIPLOMACY, n. Lying in state, or the patriotic art of lying for one's country.

Ambrose Bierce

Take the diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.

Will Smith

Diplomacy - The art of letting other people achieve your ends


Diplomacy: The art of saying "nice doggie" until you can find a rock.

Wynn Catlin

Diplomacy is a disguised war, in which states seek to gain by barter and intrigue, by the cleverness of arts, the objectives which they would have to gain more clumsily by means of war.

Randolph Bourne

All war represents a failure of diplomacy

Tony Benn

Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way.

Daniele Vare

In archaeology you uncover the unknown. In diplomacy you cover the known.

Thomas Pickering

MINISTER, n. An agent of a higher power with a lower responsibility. In diplomacy, an officer sent into a foreign country as the visible embodiment of his sovereign's hostility.

Ambrose Bierce

Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it... You take diplomacy out of war, and the thing would fall flat in a week.

Will Rogers

I must acknowledge, once and for all, that the purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis.

Star Trek

There are few ironclad rules of diplomacy but to one there is no exception. When an official reports that talks were useful, it can safely be concluded that nothing was accomplished.

John Kenneth Galbraith

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

Will Durant

The principle of give and take is the principle of diplomacy - give one and take ten

Mark Twain

Diplomacy means all the wicked devices of the Old World, spheres of influence, balances of power, secret treaties, triple alliances, and, during the interwar period, appeasement of Fascism.

Barbara Tuchman

Diplomacy means the art of nearly deceiving all your friends, but not quite deceiving all your enemies.

Kofi Busia

Diplomacy: The business of handling a porcupine without disturbing the quills.


Not all the arts of diplomacy are learned solely in its practice. There are other exercise yards.

Dean Acheson

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