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Diplomacy is the art of saying "nice doggie" until you can find a rock.
Will Rogers

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never her age.
Zsa Zsa Gabor

A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward
to the trip.
Caskie Stinnett

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

Take the diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.
Will Smith

Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.
Sir Winston Churchill

To act with doubleness towards a man whose own conduct was double, was so near an approach to virtue that it deserved to be called by no meaner name than diplomacy.
George Eliot

A nation with a goofy foreign policy needs a very serious policy of defense.
P. J. O’Rourke

A distinguished diplomat could hold his tongue in ten languages.
Anon

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

The zeal and efficiency of a diplomatic representative is measured by the quality and not by
the quantity of information he supplies.
Sir Winston Churchill

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

Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
Otto von Bismarck

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

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

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

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

When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.
Sir Winston Churchill

Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it.
Will Rogers

One of my goals upon becoming Secretary of State was to take diplomacy out of capitals,
out of government offices, into the media, into the streets of countries.
Hillary Clinton

The French are masters of "the dog ate my homework" school of diplomatic relations.
P. J. O'Rourke

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
Theodore Roosevelt

Consul, n. In American politics, a person who having failed to secure an office from the
people is given one by the Administration on condition that he leave the country.
Ambrose Bierce

A diplomat is a person who can be disarming, even if his country isn't.
Sidney Brody

American diplmacy is like watching somebody trying to do joinery with a chainsaw.
James Hamilton-Paterson

Diplomacy, n. is the art of letting somebody else have your way.
David Frost

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

Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.
Henry A. Kissinger

As a member of Congress, I'm often reminded that in baseball, as in diplomacy, you have to
know when to hit, when to run, and when to show grace.
Linda Sanchez

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

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

The chief distinction of a diplomat is that he can say no in such a way that it sounds like
yes.
Lester Bowles Pearson

Sincere diplomacy is no more possible than dry water or wooden iron.
Joseph Stalin

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

"You're in America now," I said. "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

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

Diplomats were invented simply to waste time.
David Lloyd George

An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good his country.
Henry Wotton

A real diplomat is one who can cut his neighbour's throat without having his neighbour notice
it.
Trygve Lie

Diplomacy: Lying in state.
Oliver Herford

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

My advice to any diplomat who wants to have a good press is to have two or three kids and
a dog.
Carl Rowan

Progress in the Foreign Service is either vaginal or rectal. You either marry the boss's
daughter or you crawl up his backside.
Nicholas Monsarrat