Negotiations Quotes

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Sarah J. Maas
“Rhys flipped back the lid. A note lay atop the golden metal of the book.
I read your letter. About the woman you love.

I believe you. And I believe in peace.

I believe in a better world.

If anyone asks, you stole this during the meeting.

Do not trust the others. The sixth queen was not ill.”
Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

“Trust, but verify.”
Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky

Dale A. Jenkins
“Nagumo was suddenly on his own. At this crucial time, the cost of his failure to learn the complicated factors that played into carrier operations suddenly exploded. Now, when every minute counted, it was too late to learn the complexities involved in loading different munitions on different types of planes on the hangar deck, too late to learn how the planes were organized and spotted on the flight decks, too late to learn the flight capabilities of his different types of planes, and far too late to know how to integrate all those factors into a fast-moving and efficient operation with the planes and ordnance available at that moment. Commander Genda, his brilliant operations officer, couldn’t make the decisions for him now. It was all up to Nagumo. At 0730 on June 4, 1942, years of shipbuilding, training, and strategic planning had all come to this moment. Teams of highly trained pilots, flight deck personnel, mechanics, and hundreds of other sailors were ready and awaiting his command. The entire course of the battle, of the Combined Fleet, and even perhaps of Japan were going to bear the results of his decisions, then and there.”
Dale A. Jenkins, Diplomats & Admirals: From Failed Negotiations and Tragic Misjudgments to Powerful Leaders and Heroic Deeds, the Untold Story of the Pacific War from Pearl Harbor to Midway

Gilles Deleuze
“The Couple Overfloweth

We sometimes go on as though people can’t express themselves. In fact they’re always expressing themselves. The sorriest couples are those where the woman can’t be preoccupied or tired without the man saying “What’s wrong? Say something…,” or the man, without the woman saying … and so on. Radio and television have spread this spirit everywhere, and we’re riddled with pointless talk, insane quantities of words and images. Stupidity’s never blind or mute. So it’s not a problem of getting people to express themselves but of providing little gaps of solitude and silence in which they might eventually find something to say. Repressive forces don’t stop people expressing themselves but rather force them to express themselves; What a relief to have nothing to say, the right to say nothing, because only then is there a chance of framing the rare, and ever rarer, thing that might be worth saying. What we’re plagued by these days isn’t any blocking of communication, but pointless statements. But what we call the meaning of a statement is its point. That’s the only definition of meaning, and it comes to the same thing as a statement’s novelty. You can listen to people for hours, but what’s the point? . . . That’s why arguments are such a strain, why there’s never any point arguing. You can’t just tell someone what they’re saying is pointless. So you tell them it’s wrong. But what someone says is never wrong, the problem isn’t that some things are wrong, but that they’re stupid or irrelevant. That they’ve already been said a thousand times. The notions of relevance, necessity, the point of something, are a thousand times more significant than the notion of truth. Not as substitutes for truth, but as the measure of the truth of what I’m saying. It’s the same in mathematics: Poincaré used to say that many mathematical theories are completely irrelevant, pointless; He didn’t say they were wrong – that wouldn’t have been so bad.

Gilles Deleuze, Negotiations 1972-1990

Dale A. Jenkins
“TF-16 returned to Pearl Harbor on May 26 in good order, with one huge exception: Admiral Halsey, the sixty-year-old commander, arrived back completely exhausted and ill. After six months of intense underway operations, culminating in the fruitless 7000-mile mission across the Pacific to the Coral Sea and back, Halsey had lost twenty pounds and had contracted a serious case of dermatitis. Nimitz took one look at him and sent him straight to the Pearl Harbor hospital. The Navy’s most experienced and highly regarded carrier force commander would sit out the Battle of Midway. The ultimate sea warrior, Halsey would watch from his hospital window as the two task forces departed Pearl Harbor for Midway.”
Dale A. Jenkins, Diplomats & Admirals: From Failed Negotiations and Tragic Misjudgments to Powerful Leaders and Heroic Deeds, the Untold Story of the Pacific War from Pearl Harbor to Midway

Dale A. Jenkins
“During the Fireside Chats, half the country tuned in on their radios, and it was said that on hot summer nights when people had their windows open, one could walk through the residential downtown of a large city and hardly miss a word.”
Dale A. Jenkins, Diplomats & Admirals: From Failed Negotiations and Tragic Misjudgments to Powerful Leaders and Heroic Deeds, the Untold Story of the Pacific War from Pearl Harbor to Midway

Dale A. Jenkins
“Unfortunately, much of the important information Ambassador Grew sent to Washington was largely overlooked or ignored, and dialogue between Washington and Tokyo was strained. This state of affairs is indicated by Grew’s cable on July 10, 1941, in which he pointed out that he had to go to the British ambassador in Tokyo, Sir Robert Craigie, to find out about discussions between the State Department and the Japanese ambassador in Washington. This occurred because the State Department kept the British ambassador in Washington abreast of events, who promptly informed the foreign secretary in London, who in turn informed their ambassador in Tokyo. Sir Robert then kindly passed the information to Ambassador Grew.”
Dale A. Jenkins, Diplomats & Admirals: From Failed Negotiations and Tragic Misjudgments to Powerful Leaders and Heroic Deeds, the Untold Story of the Pacific War from Pearl Harbor to Midway

Robert B. Cialdini
“The truly gifted negotiator, then, is one whose initial position is exaggerated enough to allow for a series of concessions that will yield a desirable final offer from the opponent, yet is not so outlandish as to be seen as illegitimate from the start.”
Robert Cialdini, Influence

Rahul Guhathakurta
“To be on the same page, we need to be in the same book.”
Rahul Guhathakurta

Amit Ray
“International peace negotiations need more value creation than value claiming. The more we create value for peace and development, the easier it is going to be to claim value for a nuclear weapons free world.”
Amit Ray, Nuclear Weapons Free World - Peace on the Earth

Henry Kissinger
“When statesmen want to gain time, they offer to talk.”
Henry Kissinger, Diplomacy

John Scalzi
“After our negotiations were completed, the dome would be imploded and launched toward the nearest black hole, so that none of its atoms would ever contaminate this particular universe again. I thought that last part was overkill.”
John Scalzi, Old Man's War

John Z. Sonmez
“I’d prefer not to say what my current salary is because if it’s higher than what you expect to pay for this job, I wouldn’t want that to eliminate me from being considered for this job—because I might be willing to accept less for the right position—and, if it’s lower than what this job would pay, I wouldn’t want to sell myself short either— I’m sure you can understand.”
John Sonmez, Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual

Henry Kissinger
“The bargaining position of the victor always diminishes with time. Whatever is not exacted during the shock of defeat becomes increasingly difficult to attain later.”
Henry Kissinger, Diplomacy

Thomas Jefferson
“I never yet saw an instance of one of two disputants convincing the other by argument.”
Thomas Jefferson

Richard Holbrooke
“The negotiations were simultaneously cerebral and physical, abstract and personal, something like a combination of chess and mountain climbing.”
Richard Holbrooke, To End a War

“If there is no disparity of opinions there is nothing of value being discussed”
Vineet Raj Kapoor

Viet Thanh Nguyen
“All sorts of situations exist where one tells lies in order to reach an acceptable truth, and our conversation continued thus until we agreed on the mutually acceptable sum of ten thousand dollars, which, if being only half what I asked for, was twice their original offer. After the representative wrote a new check, I signed the documents and we traded farewell pleasantries that were worth as little as the trading cards of unknown baseball players.”
Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer

Stewart Stafford
“There is a time for diplomacy and a time for the battering ram.”
Stewart Stafford

Sukant Ratnakar
“I don’t buy or sell relationships, so let’s talk business.”
Sukant Ratnakar, Open the Windows

Kenneth Eade
“In any negotiation, the one who first gives a number is the loser.”
Kenneth Eade, Beyond All Recognition

Jandy Nelson
“I see” Guillermo Garcia says. “So how long did these negotiations last? To divide the world?”
“They were ongoing.”
He crosses his arms, again in that battle stance. It seems to be his preferred pose. “You are very powerful, you and your brother. Like gods,” he says. “But honestly, I do not think you make a good trade.” He shakes his head. “You say you are so sad, maybe this is why. No sun, no trees.”
“I lost the stars and the ocean too,” I tell him.
“This is terrible,” he says, his eyes widening inside the clay mask of his face. “You are a terrible negotiator. You need a lawyer next time.” There’s amusement in his voice.
I smile at him “I got to keep the flowers.”
“Thank God” he says.”
Jandy Nelson, I'll Give You the Sun

“Det var i Genève som de sex Oslostaternas utrikesministrar sammanträdde. Före det första plenarmötet fördes en del interskandinaviska samtal, varvid man fick intrycket att det rådde en hel del meningsskiljaktigheter. När de sex signatärmakterna sammanträdde, uppträdde emellertid de tre skandinaviska ministrarna med förklaringar som angav den mest rörande enighet. Då jag sade något härom till utrikesminister [Fredrik] Ramel efter sammanträdets slut, skrattade han belåtet. "Det är ju det, som är finessen med Oslokonventionen. Vill man få skandinaverna att bli eniga, måste man alltid konfrontera dem med några icke-skandinaver.”
Gunnar Hägglöf, Diplomat: Memoirs of a Swedish envoy in London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Washington

Les Edgerton
“Come on, big boy,” she said. “I guess it don’t matter what it cost since you didn’t ask, but that forty, that’s for head. You want to put it in, that’s forty more.”
Les Edgerton, The Perfect Crime

“Salespeople who sell on price alone often negotiate win-lose agreements: these are wins for the customer but losses for the salesperson, who earns just a tiny bit of money for himself and his company.”
Anthony Iannarino, The Only Sales Guide You'll Ever Need

“In a future war the victorious side will dictate the peace to the defeated side in the exact manner described above. This stems from the nature of modern weapons. Such weapons are made to produce decisive results. They are made to engender capitulation and stop all arguments, all negotiations, all half-measures. Atomic bombs were used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The result was the surrender of Japan. Diplomatic power is weak when compared to atomic power. In fact, the illusions of diplomatic power must work against those states that favor negotiation over and above measures strictly undertaken to assure military success.”

Abhishek Ratna
“Successful people negotiate more often and more successfully than those who are not successful.”
Abhishek Ratna, small wins BIG SUCCESS: A handbook for exemplary success in post Covid19 Outbreak Era

Walter Isaacson
“As a master of the relationship between power and diplomacy, Franklin knew that it would be impossible to win at the negotiating table what was unwinnable on the battlefield.”
Walter Isaacson

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