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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

Diplomacy:  The art of saying "nice doggie" until you can find a rock.  ~Wynn Catlin

Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way.  ~Daniele Vare

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

Diplomat:  A person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.  ~Caskie Stinett, Out of the Red, 1960

Gee whiz, if that's what you call diplomacy, I like arithmetic better, and that isn't saying much. ~Percy Keese Fitzhugh, Roy Blakeley: Lost, Strayed or Stolen, 1921

Diplomats are useful only in fair weather.  As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.  ~Charles de Gaulle

Diplomacy is to do and say
The nastiest thing in the nicest way.
~Bisaac Goldberg

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

A diplomat's life is made up of three ingredients:  Protocol, Geritol, and alcohol.  ~Adlai E. Stevenson

A Foreign Secretary is forever poised between the cliché and the indiscretion.  ~Harold MacMillan

Diplomacy is when you're very nice and polite so as to get something you want. ~Percy Keese Fitzhugh, Roy Blakeley: Lost, Strayed or Stolen, 1921

An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth.  ~Henry Wotton, Reliquiæ Wottonianæ

In archaeology you uncover the unknown. In diplomacy you cover the known. ~Thomas Pickering

Diplomacy:  The business of handling a porcupine without disturbing the quills.  ~Author Unknown

I must acknowledge, once and for all, that the purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis.  ~Star Trek, Mr. Spock

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