Diplomacy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old diplomacy quotes, diplomacy sayings, and diplomacy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


It is a principle of diplomacy that one must know something of the truth in order to lie convincingly.     

Tom Clancy

Diplomacy in general does not resolve conflicts. Wars end not due to peace processes, but due to one side giving up.     

Daniel Pipes

Sincere diplomacy is no more possible than dry water or wooden iron.     

Josef Stalin

Diplomacy is fundamentally working with people, bringing people together to deal with difficult issues.     

John Roos

Diplomacy is a game of chess in which the nations are checkmated.     

Karl Kraus

Diplomacy is listening to what the other guy needs. Preserving your own position, but listening to the other guy. You have to develop relationships with other people so when the tough times come, you can work together.     

Colin Powell

Diplomacy is a disguised war, in which states seek to gain by barter and intrigue, by the cleverness of arts, the objectives which they would have to gain more clumsily by means of war.     

Randolph Bourne

The art of diplomacy is to take an opportunity and turn it into something.     

Brent Scowcroft

Quiet diplomacy is far more effective than public posturing.     

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

DIPLOMACY, n. Lying in state, or the patriotic art of lying for one's country.     

Ambrose Bierce

The best diplomacy starts with getting to know each other.     

George W. Bush

Diplomacy is like jazz: endless variations on a theme.     

Richard Holbrooke

Diplomacy is not merely talking somebody into something; it's talking to somebody from a position of strength. You put your power on the table to open up the conversation; that's diplomacy.     

Daniel Fried

In the world of diplomacy, some things are better left unsaid.     

Lincoln Chafee

Diplomacy, if properly practiced, is not just talking for the sake of talking.     

Condoleezza Rice

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

Isaac Goldberg

Diplomacy without arms is like music without instruments.     

Frederick The Great

In diplomacy, like in great many other things, the rules of engagement survive only until one remarkable person decides to break them.     

Ilona Andrews

You can do a lot with diplomacy, but with diplomacy backed up by force you can get a lot more done.     

Kofi Atta Annan

Diplomacy means the art of nearly deceiving all your friends, but not quite deceiving all your enemies.     

Kofi Abrefa Busia

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

Daniele Varè

Diplomacy is the velvet glove that cloaks the fist of power.     

Robin Hobb

All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.     

Zhou Enlai

Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.     

Henry Kissinger

Diplomacy is thinking twice before saying nothing.      

Anonymous

Successful diplomacy is an alignment of objectives and means.     

Dennis Ross

Diplomacy is more than saying or doing the right things at the right time, it is avoiding saying or doing the wrong things at any time.     

Bo Bennett

Diplomacy is much more than just talking to your friends. You've got to talk to people who aren't our friends, and even people you dislike.     

Richard Armitage

Diplomacy is the lowest form of politeness because it misquotes the greatest number of people. A nation, like an individual, if it has anything to say, should simply say it.     

E. B. White

Part of diplomacy is to open different definitions of self-interest.     

Hillary Clinton