38 Diplomacy Quotes

  • The principle of give and take is the principle of diplomacy – give one and take ten. – Mark Twain

 

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

 

  • The best diplomacy starts with getting to know each other. – George W. Bush

 

  • Diplomacy, if properly practiced, is not just talking for the sake of talking. – Condoleezza Rice

 

  • Diplomacy is the velvet glove that cloaks the fist of power. – Robin Hobb

 

  • Diplomacy means the art of nearly deceiving all your friends, but not quite deceiving all your enemies. – Kofi Abrefa Busia

 

  • Part of diplomacy is to open different definitions of self-interest. – Hillary Clinton

 

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

 

  • The art of diplomacy is to take an opportunity and turn it into something. – Brent Scowcroft

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  • Diplomacy is fundamentally working with people, bringing people together to deal with difficult issues. – John Roos

 

  • Diplomacy is like jazz: endless variations on a theme. – Richard Holbrooke

 

  • You can do a lot with diplomacy, but with diplomacy backed up by force you can get a lot more done. – Kofi Annan

 

  • Diplomacy: the art of restraining power. – Henry Kissinger

 

  • Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you can find a rock. – Will Rogers

 

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

 

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

 

  • Diplomacy is much more than just talking to your friends. You’ve got to talk to people who aren’t our friends, and even people you dislike. – Richard Armitage

 

  • Diplomacy in general does not resolve conflicts. Wars end not due to peace processes, but due to one side giving up. – Daniel Pipes

 

  • DIPLOMACY, n. Lying in state, or the patriotic art of lying for one’s country. – Ambrose Bierce

 

  • In diplomacy, like in great many other things, the rules of engagement survive only until one remarkable person decides to break them. – Ilona Andrews

 

  • Successful diplomacy is an alignment of objectives and means. – Dennis Ross

 

  • Sincere diplomacy is no more possible than dry water or wooden iron. – Josef Stalin

 

  • Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest things in the nicest way. – Isaac Goldberg

 

  • Diplomacy is thinking twice before saying nothing. – Unknown

 

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

 

  • Diplomacy is listening to what the other guy needs. Preserving your own position, but listening to the other guy. You have to develop relationships with other people so when the tough times come, you can work together. – Colin Powell

 

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

 

  • All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means. – Zhou Enlai

 

  • Quiet diplomacy is far more effective than public posturing. – Atal Bihari Vajpayee

 

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

 

  • Diplomacy without arms is like music without instruments. – Frederick The Great

 

  • Diplomacy is more than saying or doing the right things at the right time, it is avoiding saying or doing the wrong things at any time. – Bo Bennett

 

  • Diplomacy is a disguised war, in which states seek to gain by barter and intrigue, by the cleverness of arts, the objectives which they would have to gain more clumsily by means of war. – Randolph Bourne

 

  • Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way. – Daniele Vara

 

  • Diplomacy is not merely talking somebody into something; it’s talking to somebody from a position of strength. You put your power on the table to open up the conversation; that’s diplomacy. – Daniel Fried

 

  • There is nothing fast or easy about diplomacy. I have no illusions about that. – Hillary Clinton

 

  • Diplomacy is the lowest form of politeness because it misquotes the greatest number of people. A nation, like an individual, if it has anything to say, should simply say it. – E. B. White

 

  • All war represents a failure of diplomacy. – Tony Benn