Diplomacy Quotes and Sayings
Diplomacy is telling someone to “Go to Hell” in such a way, that they look forward to taking the trip.
Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.
– Winston Churchill
Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.
– Mario Puzo
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.
– Robert Frost
I observe and remain silent.
– Elizabeth I Tudor
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
– Sun Tzu
Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.
– Isaac Newton
A diplomat thinks twice before saying nothing.
Diplomacy is the art of letting someone have your way.
– Daniele Vare
Diplomacy and virtue do not make easy companions.
– Iain Pears
He who has learned to disagree without being disagreeable has discovered the most valuable secret of a diplomat.
– Robert Estabrook
Diplomacy is the art of saying “Nice Doggie” until you can find a rock.
– Will Rogers
If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.
– Sue Monk Kidd
A real diplomat is one who can cut his neighbor’s throat without having his neighbor notice it.
– Trygve Lie
He who walks in the middle of the road gets hit from both sides.
– George P. Shultz
Diplomacy is thinking twice before saying nothing.
Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.
– Warren W. Wiersbe
The principle of give and take is the principle of diplomacy – give one and take ten.
– Mark Twain
All war represents a failure of diplomacy.
– Tony Benn
What good is a smooth tongue without sharp teeth?
– Jocelyn Murray
Diplomats were invented simply to waste time.
– David Lloyd
Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.
– Charles de Gaulle
Diplomacy is to do and say The nastiest thing in the nicest way.
– Bisaac Goldberg
Diplomacy: The business of handling a porcupine without disturbing the quills.
Don’t hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!
– Theodore Roosevelt