Diplomacy Quotes and Sayings

In the world of diplomacy, some things are better left unsaid.
– Lincoln Chafee

Diplomacy is a game of chess in which the nations are checkmated.
– Karl Kraus

diplomacy, n.: The patriotic art of lying for one’s country.
Ambrose Bierce

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

A diplomat is a man who can juggle a hot potato long enough for it to become a cold issue.
– Vernon K. Mclellan

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

When a diplomat says yes, he means perhaps; when he says perhaps, he means no; when he says no, he is no diplomat.

In order to be a diplomat, one must speak a number of languages, including doubletalk.
– Carey Williams

Look and see which way the wind blows before you commit yourself.

If we think of nations as “actors” on the world stage, diplomats are the stage hands.
– Gregory Adams

Diplomacy, of course, is a subtle and nuanced craft, so much so that it’s said that when the most wily diplomat of the nineteenth-century passed away, other diplomats asked, on reports of his death, “What do you suppose the old fox meant by that?”
Ronald Reagan

Conversation, like certain portions of the anatomy, always runs more smoothly when lubricated.
– Marquis de Sade

An ambassador is an honest man sent abroad to lie and intrigue for the benefit of his country.
– Henry Wotton

I’m always diplomatic when heavily outnumbered by armed strangers.
– S.M. Stirling

A diplomat is a man who thinks twice before he says nothing.
– Edward Heath

Diplomacy is the art of telling plain truths.
Winston Churchill

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.

The gateway to compromise is not war, yet communication and diplomacy.

To win the people, always cook them some savoury that pleases them.

When diplomacy ends, War begins.
Adolf Hitler

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

Diplomacy is the art of saying “Nice Doggie” until you can find a rock.
Will Rogers

Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.
Winston Churchill

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.

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