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Diplomacy Quotes

When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce.

Author: Sun Tzu

Profession: Chinese Military Strategist, Author of ''Art of War''

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.

Author: Barbara Tuchman (1912-1989)

Profession: American Historian

A distinguished diplomat could hold his tongue in ten languages.

Author: Source Unknown


Diplomacy is thinking twice before saying nothing.

Author: Source Unknown


When a diplomat says yes he means perhaps; when he says perhaps he means no; when he says no he is no diplomat.

Author: Source Unknown


A diplomat these days in nothing, but a head waiter who is allowed to sit down occasionally.

Author: Peter Ustinov (1921)

Profession: British Actor, Writer, Director

Diplomacy is the art of letting someone have your way.

Author: Daniele Vare


Tell the truth, and so puzzle and confound your adversaries.

Author: Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639)

Profession: British Diplomat, Traveler, Scholar, and Poet

Once the Xerox copier was invented, diplomacy died.

Author: Andrew Young (1932)

Profession: Civil Rights Activist, Protestant Minister, Public Official