Diplomacy Quotes and Sayings
Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.
- Isaac Newton
I observe and remain silent.
- Elizabeth I Tudor
Diplomacy and virtue do not make easy companions.
- Iain Pears
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
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
A real diplomat is one who can cut his neighbor’s throat without having his neighbor notice it.
- Trygve Lie
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
He who walks in the middle of the road gets hit from both sides.
- George P. Shultz
Diplomacy is thinking twice before saying nothing.
Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.
– Charles de Gaulle
Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.
- Winston Churchill
Diplomacy is telling someone to “Go to Hell” in such a way, that they look forward to taking the trip.
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.
Tact is the ability to step on a man’s toes without messing up the shine on his shoes.
- Harry S. Truman
To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.
- Will Durant
Diplomacy never works.
- Nadia Scrieva
Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way.
– Daniele Vare
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.
- Robert Frost
Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.
- Mario Puzo
When a diplomat says yes he means perhaps; when he says perhaps he means no; when he says no he is no diplomat.