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Diplomacy Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Diplomacy

Please enjoy these Diplomacy Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

I believe the military should be wary of diplomacy until war is declared;
then the State Department should keep its nose out
and let the military do whatever is necessary to win.
- Stuart Symington

For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible -
and no one can now doubt the word of America.
- George W. Bush

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

 

Like Prince von Bismarck in diplomacy,
I have no secrets.
- Albert J. Nock

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

I don't think that anybody should be ruling in or ruling
out anything while we are conducting diplomacy.
- Douglas Feith

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Our dependence on foreign energy sources is our Achilles heel,
not just in the realm of diplomacy, but in terms of
our future as the world's economic leader.
- Judy Biggert

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

You learn, just as you learn good manners,
how to approach things with a certain amount of diplomacy.
- Robert MacNeil

We always have hoped that American diplomacy deploys
itself in dialogue and persuasion rather than by ultimatums.
That is the path we want in international relations.
- Mahmoud Abbas

There is no diplomacy like candor.
- Edward V. Lucas

Once the Xerox copier was invented, diplomacy died.
- Andrew Young

This president failed so miserably in diplomacy that
we are now forced to war.
- Tom Daschle

All war represents a failure of diplomacy.
- Tony Benn

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

I think if I had to do it over again,
I'd do it the same way.
I would just put more resources into getting the public
diplomacy part much stronger than we were able to.
- John Poindexter

Humanitarian missions are little different from any other public enterprise,
diplomacy included, which is susceptible of misinterpretation by the public,
hence ultimately of failure.
- Alvin Adams

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

War is failure of diplomacy.
- John Dingell

The time draws near, when a radical change must take
place for the whole world in the management of diplomacy.
- Lajos Kossuth

We think it will be shortly afterwards,
but it seems a terrible thing to gamble with such big
stakes in diplomacy without having your master card in your hand.
- Henry L. Stimson

Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as
soldiers are for finishing it...
You take diplomacy out of war, and the thing would fall flat in a week.
- Will Rogers

Diplomacy is not an end in itself if it does not advance U.S.
interests.
- John Bolton

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

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

Widowhood had done nothing to curb my smart mouth.
So much for diplomacy.
- Esther Williams

Tact and diplomacy are fine in international relations,
in politics, perhaps even in business;
in science only one thing matters,
and that is the facts.
- Hans Eysenck

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

Globalization, far from putting an end to power diplomacy between States,
has, on the contrary, intensified it.
- Omar Bongo

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

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

If we just let our vision of the world go forth,
and we embrace it entirely, and we don't try to piece
together clever diplomacy but just wage a total war,
our children will sing great songs about us years from now.
- Richard Perle

Though no one wants war, Congress needed to give the
President the authority he needs to protect America
while encouraging the use of diplomacy and negotiations
to try and arrive at a peaceful solution to this problem.
- Allen Boyd

The war we are fighting today against terrorism is a multifaceted fight.
We have to use every tool in our toolkit to wage this war -
diplomacy,
finance, intelligence, law enforcement,
and of course, military power - and we are developing
new tools as we go along.
- Richard Armitage

Preemption is the right of any nation in order to preserve its National Security;
however,
preemptive war is a tactic, not a strategy.
When used as a strategy preemption dilutes diplomacy,
creates an atmosphere of distrust, and promotes regional instability.
- Ellen Tauscher

We must continue to pursue peace through diplomacy,
but we must also not shrink from our responsibility
through the option of strength.
We must take advantage of internal resistance and change
from within Iran to avert this path of mutual destruction.
- Michael McCaul

Our challenge in this regard will be to broaden the
scope of our federal funds in terms of international diplomacy,
development aid, and international assistance.
Many Latinos in the United States look at Latin America and see trouble brewing.
- Robert Menendez

There are few ironclad rules of diplomacy but to one there is no exception.
When an official reports that talks were useful,
it can safely be concluded that nothing was accomplished.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

America must continue diplomacy, even as we continue the war,
to expand the coalition of the willing to share the
burden of war and to share the responsibility and the
economic cost of rebuilding Iraq.
- Barbara Mikulski

Diplomacy means all the wicked devices of the Old World,
spheres of influence, balances of power,
secret treaties, triple alliances, and,
during the interim period, appeasement of Fascism.
- Barbara Tuchman

English, once accepted as an international language,
is no more secure than French has proved to be as the
one and only accepted language of diplomacy or as Latin
has proved to be as the international language of science.
- Edward Sapir

The safety of the republic being the supreme law,
and Texas having offered us the key to the safety of
our country from all foreign intrigues and diplomacy,
I say accept the key...
and bolt the door at once.
- Andrew Jackson

And we ought to work our diplomacy first and I think
it's a reason it's going to respond increasingly to
our diplomacy particularly with the president's direct
involvement in the peace process,
and I think that's extraordinarily important.
- Frank Carlucci

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

Just because it's true, I say as often as I can
in as many ways as I can form, "I sure love you."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

So long as we are loved by others,
I would almost say that we are indispensable;
and no man is useless while he has a friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Where there is unconditional love,
there is no room for unhappiness.
Whenever I look in the mirror today,
I will say to myself: "That Is The Face Of God."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Humans are allergic to change.
They love to say, "We've always done it this way."
- Grace Hopper

We disrespect ourselves and our free-will
whenever we say that we NEED to do something.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are injured and hurt emotionally,
not so much by other people
or what they say and don't say,
but by our own attitude and our own response.
- Maxwell Maltz

Everyone hears what you say.
Friends listen to what you say.
Best friends listen to what you don't say.
- Anonymous

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Life is a nurturing mother,
when you just remember to say "thank you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

So long as the memory of certain
beloved friends lives in my heart,
I shall say that life is good.
- Helen Keller

Nothing others do is because of you.
What others say and do is a projection of their own reality.
- don Miguel Ruiz

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

Everything we say, do, think, and feel
is a product of our personal history
and the collective history of humankind.
Our name for these histories is "prejudice."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything you say and do,
is a reflection of the inner you.
- Anonymous

Know the power of kindness.
Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go,
radiate your kindness to all.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's work only if I say it's work,
but it's play if I say it's fun.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say,
abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
- George Eliot

Whenever I look in the mirror,
I say to myself: "That Is The Face Of God."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is difficult to say what is impossible,
for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today
and the reality of tomorrow.
- Robert H. Goddard

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

We have to let go of all blame, all attacking, all judging,
to free our inner selves to attract what we say we want.
- Joe Vitale


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