Sunday, 17 June 2012

Diplomacy

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

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

All war represents a failure of diplomacy. - Tony Benn

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

And a diplomatist is one who lets the other fellow think he's getting his way, while all the time he's having his own. It never does any special harm to let people have their way with their mouths. - George Horace Lorimer

Dexterity is one of the chief weapons of diplomacy; governments rely more upon the supremacy of this instrument, when in the hands of a skilful diplomatist, than in the soundness or justice of their claims. - James Ellis

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

Diplomacy is cutting the other fellow's throat without using a knife. - Vernon K. McLellan

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

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

In order to be a diplomat one must speak a number of languages, including double-talk. - Carey McWilliams

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

Our diplomacy should be direct and frank, neither seeking to obtain more nor accepting less than is our due. - James Buchanan

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

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