Diplomacy Quotes and Sayings
Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.
– Isaac Newton
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
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.
Diplomacy is to do and say The nastiest thing in the nicest way.
– Bisaac Goldberg
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
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
I observe and remain silent.
– Elizabeth I Tudor
Diplomacy is telling someone to “Go to Hell” in such a way, that they look forward to taking the trip.
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
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
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.
– Robert Frost
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 the velvet glove that cloaks the fist of power.
– Robin Hobb
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