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
He who has learned to disagree without being disagreeable has discovered the most valuable secret of a diplomat.
- Robert Estabrook
If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.
- Sue Monk Kidd
Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.
- Warren W. Wiersbe
Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.
- Mario Puzo
Diplomacy is telling someone to “Go to Hell” in such a way, that they look forward to taking the trip.
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
A real diplomat is one who can cut his neighbor’s throat without having his neighbor notice it.
- Trygve Lie
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
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.
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 to do and say The nastiest thing in the nicest way.
- Bisaac Goldberg
When a diplomat says yes he means perhaps; when he says perhaps he means no; when he says no he is no diplomat.
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
Diplomacy is the velvet glove that cloaks the fist of power.
- Robin Hobb