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Diplomacy Quotes

An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle.

Author: Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)

Profession: British Economist, Critic

Consul. In American politics, a person who having failed to secure an office from the people is given one by the Administration on condition that he leave the country.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

If you are to stand up for your Government you must be able to stand up to your Government.

Author: Lord Harold Caccia


Diplomacy is the art of saying ''Nice doggie!'' till you can find a rock.

Author: Wynn Catlin


I have discovered the art of deceiving diplomats. I speak the truth, and they never believe me.

Author: Di Cavour


To act with doubleness towards a man whose own conduct was double, was so near an approach to virtue that it deserved to be called by no meaner name than diplomacy.

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.

Author: Robert Frost (1875-1963)

Profession: American Poet

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.

Author: John Kenneth Galbraith (1908)

Profession: American Economist

Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains, they drown in every drop.

Author: Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970)

Profession: French President during World War II

Diplomats were invented simply to waste time.

Author: David Lloyd George (1863-1945)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest things in the nicest way.

Author: Isaac Goldberg


We have no commission from God to police the world.

Author: Benjamin Harrison


We are the greatest power in the world. If we behave like it.

Author: Walt W. Rostow


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

Author: Carl Rowan (1925)

Profession: American Journalist, 'The man'

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.

Author: Caskie Stinnett