Diplomacy Quotes and Sayings

All war represents a failure of diplomacy.
– Tony Benn

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

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

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

When diplomacy ends, War begins.
Adolf Hitler

Diplomats were invented simply to waste time.
– David Lloyd

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

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

What good is a smooth tongue without sharp teeth?
– Jocelyn Murray


Diplomacy: The business of handling a porcupine without disturbing the quills.

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

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

Diplomacy never works.
– Nadia Scrieva

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