Diplomacy Quotes

Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.

Charles de Gaulle

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

Mark Twain

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

Will Durant

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

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

Star Trek

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

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

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

Unknown

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

Kofi Busia

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

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

Dean Acheson

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

Kofi Atta Annan

... the Peace Treaties must be scrapped ... I stand for no more war and no more secret diplomacy.

Clement Richard Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee

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

Dean Acheson

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

It is the threat of the use of force [against Iraq] and our line-up there that is going to put force behind the diplomacy. But if we have to use force, it is because we are America; we are the indispensable nation. We stand tall and we see further than other countries into the future, and we see the danger here to all of us.

Albright, Madeleine

All war represents a failure of diplomacy.

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn

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Updated On : March 01, 2013
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