Diplomacy Quotes and Sayings
Tact – is a weapon of mass harmonization; it brings men of war into terms where guns have failed to yield a single grain of victory.
Diplomacy and virtue do not make easy companions.
- Iain Pears
I observe and remain silent.
- Elizabeth I Tudor
Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.
- Mario Puzo
Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.
- Isaac Newton
If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.
- Sue Monk Kidd
He who has learned to disagree without being disagreeable has discovered the most valuable secret of a diplomat.
- Robert Estabrook
Diplomacy is telling someone to “Go to Hell” in such a way, that they look forward to taking the trip.
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.
- Robert Frost
Sincere diplomacy is no more possible than dry water or wooden iron.
- Joseph Stalin
Diplomacy is thinking twice before saying nothing.
He who walks in the middle of the road gets hit from both sides.
- George P. Shultz
Diplomats were invented simply to waste time.
- David Lloyd
All war represents a failure of diplomacy.
- Tony Benn
To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.
- Will Durant
A real diplomat is one who can cut his neighbor’s throat without having his neighbor notice it.
- Trygve Lie
The principle of give and take is the principle of diplomacy – give one and take ten.
- Mark Twain
Diplomacy: The business of handling a porcupine without disturbing the quills.
When a diplomat says yes he means perhaps; when he says perhaps he means no; when he says no he is no diplomat.
Diplomacy is to do and say The nastiest thing in the nicest way.
- Bisaac Goldberg
Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.
– Charles de Gaulle
Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way.
– Daniele Vare
In the end, the work of diplomats continues even while others fight. So, it’s not necessarily true that everyone needs to march.
- David Brin
What good is a smooth tongue without sharp teeth?
- Jocelyn Murray
Diplomacy never works.
- Nadia Scrieva