An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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


Walter Bagehot (1826-1977, British economist, critic)


He has conferred on the practice of vacillation the aura of statesmanship.


Kenneth Baker (American professor)


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.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, 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.


Lord Harold Caccia


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


Wynn Catlin


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


Di Cavour


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.


John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-, American economist)


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.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


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


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


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


Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970, French president during World War II)


Diplomats were invented simply to waste time.


David Lloyd George (1863-1945, British Prime Minister)


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


Isaac Goldberg


We have no commission from God to police the world.


Benjamin Harrison


A good leader can't get too far ahead of his followers.


Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, American President (32nd))


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


Walt W. Rostow


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.


Caskie Stinnett


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


Sun Tzu (c 400-430 BC, 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.


Barbara Tuchman (1912-1989, American historian)


I know all those people. I have friendly, social, and criminal relations with the whole lot of them.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


A distinguished diplomat could hold his tongue in ten languages.


Author Unknown


Diplomacy is thinking twice before saying nothing.


Author Unknown


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


Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639, British diplomat, traveler, scholar, and poet)


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 these days is nothing but a head waiter who is allowed to sit down occasionally.


Peter Ustinov (1921-, British actor, writer, director)


Diplomacy is the art of letting someone have your way.


Daniele Vare


Once the Xerox copier was invented, diplomacy died.


Andrew Young (1932-, Civil rights activist, protestant minister, public official)


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