Diplomacy Quotes

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Sun Tzu
“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Mario Puzo
“Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Sue Monk Kidd
“If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

H.L. Mencken
“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.”
H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: First Series

Theodore Roosevelt
“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.”
Warren Wiersbe

Jim Butcher
“You're in America now," I said. "Our idea of diplomacy is showing up with a gun in one hand and a sandwich in the other and asking which you'd prefer.”
Jim Butcher, Turn Coat

Isaac Newton
“Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.”
Isaac Newton

Doug Wright
“Conversation, like certain portions of the anatomy, always runs more smoothly when lubricated.”
Doug Wright, Quills

Theodore Roosevelt
“Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!”
Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt
“If you've got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.”
Theodore Roosevelt

Elizabeth I
“I observe and remain silent.”
Queen Elizabeth I

Robin Hobb
“Diplomacy is the velvet glove that cloaks the fist of power.”
Robin Hobb

Harry Truman
“Tact is the ability to step on a man's toes without messing up the shine on his shoes.”
Harry S. Truman

Abraham Lincoln
“Force is all conquering, but it's victories are short lived.”
Abraham Lincoln

Ursula K. Le Guin
“But it doesn't take a thousand men to open a door, my lord."

"It might to keep it open.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Megan Whalen Turner
“One cannot toss ambassadors back like bad fish," said Eugenides. "You treat them with care, or you'll find you've committed an act of war.”
Megan Whalen Turner, A Conspiracy of Kings

Amit Kalantri
“Politeness is the first thing people lose once they get the power.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Mario Puzo
“The other Dons in the room applauded and rose to shake hands with everybody in sight and to congratulate Don Corleone and Don Tattaglia on their new friendship. It was not perhaps the warmest friendship in the world, they would not send each other Christmas gift greetings, but they would not murder each other. That was friendship enough in this world, all that was needed.”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Paul Berman
“People who keep their feelings to themselves tend not to know, after a while, what their feelings are.”
Paul Berman

“Pick a leader who will keep jobs in your country by offering companies incentives to hire only within their borders, not one who allows corporations to outsource jobs for cheaper labor when there is a national employment crisis. Choose a leader who will invest in building bridges, not walls. Books, not weapons. Morality, not corruption. Intellectualism and wisdom, not ignorance. Stability, not fear and terror. Peace, not chaos. Love, not hate. Convergence, not segregation. Tolerance, not discrimination. Fairness, not hypocrisy. Substance, not superficiality. Character, not immaturity. Transparency, not secrecy. Justice, not lawlessness. Environmental improvement and preservation, not destruction. Truth, not lies.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
“A diplomat who says “yes” means “maybe", a diplomat who says “maybe" means “no”, and a diplomat who says “no” is no diplomat.”
Talleyrand

Robert Lynn Asprin
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall take flack from both sides."- Unofficial UN Motto”
Robert Lynn Asprin, Sweet Myth-Tery of Life

Ptah-Hotep
“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.”
Ptahhotep

“Pick a leader who will not only bail out banks and airlines, but also families from losing their homes -- or jobs due to their companies moving to other countries. Pick a leader who will fund schools, not limit spending on education and allow libraries to close. Pick a leader who chooses diplomacy over war. An honest broker in foreign relations. A leader with integrity, one who says what they mean, keeps their word and does not lie to their people. Pick a leader who is strong and confident, yet humble. Intelligent, but not sly. A leader who encourages diversity, not racism. One who understands the needs of the farmer, the teacher, the doctor, and the environmentalist -- not only the banker, the oil tycoon, the weapons developer, or the insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyist.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Aesop
“Look and see which way the wind blows before you commit yourself.”
Aesop, Aesop's Fables

Christopher Hitchens
“Attempts to locate oneself within history are as natural, and as absurd, as attempts to locate oneself within astronomy. On the day that I was born, 13 April 1949, nineteen senior Nazi officials were convicted at Nuremberg, including Hitler's former envoy to the Vatican, Baron Ernst von Weizsacker, who was found guilty of planning aggression against Czechoslovakia and committing atrocities against the Jewish people. On the same day, the State of Israel celebrated its first Passover seder and the United Nations, still meeting in those days at Flushing Meadow in Queens, voted to consider the Jewish state's application for membership. In Damascus, eleven newspapers were closed by the regime of General Hosni Zayim. In America, the National Committee on Alcoholism announced an upcoming 'A-Day' under the non-uplifting slogan: 'You can drink—help the alcoholic who can't.' ('Can't'?) The International Court of Justice at The Hague ruled in favor of Britain in the Corfu Channel dispute with Albania. At the UN, Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko denounced the newly formed NATO alliance as a tool for aggression against the USSR. The rising Chinese Communists, under a man then known to Western readership as Mao Tze-Tung, announced a limited willingness to bargain with the still-existing Chinese government in a city then known to the outside world as 'Peiping.'

All this was unknown to me as I nuzzled my mother's breast for the first time, and would certainly have happened in just the same way if I had not been born at all, or even conceived. One of the newspaper astrologists for that day addressed those whose birthday it was:

There are powerful rays from the planet Mars, the war god, in your horoscope for your coming year, and this always means a chance to battle if you want to take it up. Try to avoid such disturbances where women relatives or friends are concerned, because the outlook for victory upon your part in such circumstances is rather dark. If you must fight, pick a man!

Sage counsel no doubt, which I wish I had imbibed with that same maternal lactation, but impartially offered also to the many people born on that day who were also destined to die on it.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

David Brin
“In the end, the work of diplomats continues even while others fight. So, it's not necessarily true that everyone needs to march.”
David Brin

Carrie Adams
“She is opinionated, as most of us are, but you won’t find yourself impaled on her arguments; she doesn’t charge at you as some people do. What [she] does is walk slowly and steadily into a conversational battle, somehow managing to deflect all incoming targets until she is standing in your corner with her flag dug firmly into the ground. I think it comes from the deep-seated confidence she possesses in her core. I think it is the powerful combination of encouraged individualism and a strong family unit.”
Carrie Adams, The Godmother

Christopher Hitchens
“British diplomats and Anglo-American types in Washington have a near-superstitious prohibition on uttering the words 'Special Relationship' to describe relations between Britain and America, lest the specialness itself vanish like a phantom at cock-crow.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

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