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

Diplomacy is thinking twice before saying nothing.

A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.

All war represents a failure of diplomacy.

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We have no commission from God to police the world.

A distinguished diplomat could hold his tongue in ten languages.

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

Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.

When a diplomat says yes he means perhaps;

when he says perhaps he means no; when he says no he is no diplomat.

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

Diplomacy is the art of letting someone have your way.

When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce.

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

When diplomacy ends, War begins.

The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun.

Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are to finishing it. You take Diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.

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.

Diplomacy is the art of saying Nice doggie! till you can find a rock.

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

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

An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle.

If you are to stand up for your Government you must be able to stand up to your Government.

There is, in world affairs, a steady course to be followed between an assertion of strength that is truculent and a confession of helplessness that is cowardly.

Tell the truth, and so puzzle and confound your adversaries.

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

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

I have discovered the art of deceiving diplomats. I speak the truth, and they never believe me.

A diplomat these days in nothing, but a head waiter who is allowed to sit down occasionally.

Like Prince von Bismarck in diplomacy, I have no secrets.

Trying to negotiate getting a couple of kids to watch the same TV show requires serious diplomacy.

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

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

In archaeology you uncover the unknown. In diplomacy you cover the known.

Negotiation in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree.

Foreign diplomats in Rome disconsolately say, Italy is the opposite of Russia.

In Moscow nothing is known, yet everything is clear. In Rome everything is public, there are no secrets, everybody talks, things are at times flamboyantly enacted, yet one understands nothing.

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.

There are a few ironclad rules of diplomancy but to one there is no exception.

When an official reports that talks were useful, it can safely be concluded that nothing was accomplished.

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

Diplomats were invented simply to waste time.

The proper motto is not Be good, sweet maid, and let who can be clever, but Be good sweet maid, and don't forget that this involves being as clever as you can. God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than any other slackers.

We are the greatest power in the world. If we behave like it.

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.

I'm convinced there's a small room in the attic of the Foreign Office where future diplomats are taught to stammer.

Once the Xerox copier was invented, diplomacy died.

[In modern diplomacy] you don't have to be neutral to talk.

You don't have to agree when you sit down with the other side, and you can always walk; but if you don't talk, you can't engage the other side.

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.

I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn't. Hey, it made me a better leader: you have to take a lot of people's needs into account; you have to look down the road. Trying to negotiate getting a couple of kids to watch the same TV show requires serious diplomacy.

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

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.

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