A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
The real secret about diplomats is that we're trained to say something, when there is nothing to say, and to say nothing when there is something to say.
I do believe that in order to be a successful negotiator that as a diplomat, you have to be able to put yourself into the other person's shoes. Unless you can understand what is motivating them, you are never going to be able to figure out how to solve a particular problem.
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
A diplomat is a man who thinks twice before he says nothing.
To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.
The principle of give and take is the principle of diplomacy - give one and take ten
If a diplomat says yes, he means perhaps. If he says perhaps he means no. And if he says no, he's the hell of a diplomat.
Diplomats were invented simply to waste time.
The basic quality for the diplomat is not intelligence but loyalty.
Diplomacy is to do and say, the nastiest thing in the nicest way.
How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print.
Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
All war represents a failure of diplomacy.
I have discovered the art of deceiving diplomats. I tell them the truth and they never believe me.
Well, the thing that I learned as a diplomat is that human relations ultimately make a huge difference.
A real diplomat is one who can cut his neighbor's throat without having his neighbor notice it.
In archaeology you uncover the unknown. In diplomacy you cover the known.
A really good diplomat does not go in for victories, even when he wins them.
All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.
It's a necessary quality of a diplomat or a politician that he will compromise. Uncompromising politicians or diplomats get you into the most terrible trouble.
diplomacy, n.: The patriotic art of lying for one's country.
Take the diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.
A diplomat had been kidnapped, a cabinet minister had been kidnapped, they were under threats of murder. The police forces were rather tired. After a whole week, we were unable to find those that had effected the kidnappings.
A sincere diplomat is like dry water or wooden iron.
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