Diplomacy Quotes


  • An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.
    o Henry Wotton, Written in the album of Christopher Fleckmore (1604)

  • An ethical foreign policy means helping them up after you’ve knocked them down.
    o Leonid S. Sukhorukov, All About Everything (2005)

  • Diplomacy is to do and say
    The nastiest things in the nicest way.
    o Isaac Goldberg, The Reflex

  • May the pens of the diplomats not ruin again what the people have attained with such exertions.
    o Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, After the Battle of Waterloo (1813)

  • Diplomacy is, contrary to common opinion, the cause of wars. If countries did not try to talk to each other, there would be no wars. Since people can’t seem to keep there noses out of other people’s business, the army always seems to get blamed for the wars.
    o Zeke Willey


  • A diplomat is someone who can speak without saying anything.
    o Anonymous

  • Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.
    o Henry Kissinger

  • 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.
    o Bo Bennett

  • Diplomacy is the art of letting the other party have things your way.
    o Daniele Vare

  • Diplomacy is the art of saying “Nice doggie” until you can find a rock.
    o Will Rogers

  • 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.
    o Barbara Tuchman

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

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

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

  • 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.
    o John Kenneth Galbraith

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

  • 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.
    o Anonymous

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