Diplomacy Quotes and Sayings

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.

Submitted by: Karen on November 6, 2009

Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.
– Mario Puzo

I observe and remain silent.
– Elizabeth I Tudor

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.
Robert Frost

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
– Sun Tzu

A diplomat thinks twice before saying nothing.


Diplomacy is the art of letting someone have your way.
– Daniele Vare

Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.

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

He who walks in the middle of the road gets hit from both sides.
– George P. Shultz

If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.
– Sue Monk Kidd

Diplomacy is thinking twice before saying nothing.

Diplomacy and virtue do not make easy companions.
– Iain Pears


All war represents a failure of diplomacy.
– Tony Benn

Diplomacy is to do and say The nastiest thing in the nicest way.
– Bisaac Goldberg

When diplomacy ends, War begins.
Adolf Hitler

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

Tact is the ability to step on a man’s toes without messing up the shine on his shoes.
Harry S. Truman

Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.
– Warren W. Wiersbe

Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.
Charles de Gaulle

You’re in America now. Our idea of diplomacy is showing up with a gun in one hand and a sandwich in the other and asking which you’d prefer.
– Jim Butcher

Diplomats were invented simply to waste time.
– David Lloyd


To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.
– Will Durant

Don’t hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!
Theodore Roosevelt

It is a principle of diplomacy that one must know something of the truth in order to lie convincingly.
– Tom Clancy

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

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