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.
A diplomat's life is made up of three ingredients: protocol, Geritol and alcohol.
Diplomacy means the art of nearly deceiving all your friends, but not quite deceiving all your enemies.
Diplomacy is the art of saying Nice Doggie! Till you can find a stick.
It is fortunate that diplomats have long noses since they usually cannot see beyond them.
Negotiation in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree
Take the diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.
I think that anyone who comes upon a Nautilus machine suddenly will agree with me that its prototype was clearly invented at some time in history when torture was considered a reasonable alternative to diplomacy
A diplomat who says yes means maybe, a diplomat who says maybe means no, and a diplomat who says no is no diplomat.
The only way to speak is diplomatically, and British is the imperial English tongue. I have expelled all claims to American independence from my pronunciation, and I have never felt more liberated.
A turbulent history has taught Chinese leaders that not every problem has a solution and that too great an emphasis on total mastery over specific events could upset the harmony of the universe.
Be a craftsman in speech that thou mayest be strong, for the strength of one is the tongue, and speech is mightier than all fighting.
If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.
Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.