Selected Quotes about Diplomacy

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

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. -- Luigi Barzini

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. -- Dwight D Eisenhower

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. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

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. -- C.S. Lewis

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. -- John D. Rockefeller

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

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

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. -- Caskie Stinnett

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