“A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.”
I have discovered the art of deceiving diplomats. I speak the truth, and they never believe me.
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
Diplomats were invented simply to waste time.
David Lloyd George
Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest things in the nicest way.
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.
Diplomacy is thinking twice before saying nothing.
is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock.
To say nothing,
especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.
In the world of
diplomacy, some things are better left unsaid.
diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.
In an ideological
age, diplomacy may seem weak and prosaic. But sometimes it is all we have.
and, of course, honesty, all are qualities that work in public and cultural
Cynthia P. Schneider
is far more effective than public posturing.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee