Negotiation Sayings and Quotes

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


You can only end a negotiation for peace if you begin it.     

Benjamin Netanyahu

To win a negotiation you have to show you're willing to walk away. And the best way to show you're willing to walk away is to walk away.     

Michael Weston

The only thing certain about any negotiation is that it will lead to another negotiation.     

Leigh Steinberg

In any negotiation, the one who first gives a number is the loser.     

Kenneth Eade

The most difficult thing in any negotiation, almost, is making sure that you strip it of the emotion and deal with the facts. And there was a considerable challenge to that here and understandably so.     

Howard Baker

Before a negotiation can proceed and be completed, what is outside the scope of negotiation needs to be agreed.

Christine Lagarde

Either we’re going to solve this by realistic negotiation or there will be blood on the border.

Tom Metzger

During a negotiation, it would be wise not to take anything personally. If you leave personalities out of it, you will be able to see opportunities more objectively.     

Brian Koslow

Relationships are a constant negotiation and balance.     

Claire Danes

The negotiations must address all aspects, both peace and withdrawal.     

Yitzhak Rabin

In all negotiations of difficulty, a man may not look to sow and reap at once; but must prepare business, and so ripen it by degrees.

Francis Bacon

Everything is negotiable. Whether or not the negotiation is easy is another thing.     

Carrie Fisher

So much of life is a negotiation - so even if you're not in business, you have opportunities to practice all around you.     

Kevin O'Leary

No issue can be negotiated unless you first have the clout to compel negotiation.     

Saul Alinsky

Negotiation builds a team as well as a set of requirements.     

Barry Boehm

If you come to a negotiation table saying you have the final truth, that you know nothing but the truth and that is final, you will get nothing.

Harri Holkeri

A negotiation is a strategic conflict.

D. Mark Kilgour & Keith W. Hipel

Each negotiation is embedded in a larger context of co-being, which involves empathy and awareness of common goal/condition.     

Bilyana Martinovski

We cannot negotiate with people who say what's mine is mine and what's yours is negotiable.     

John F. Kennedy

Negotiation is like an athletic contest; Momentum is paramount!!     

Dr. Jim Hennig

Negotiation talks are the best way to solve anything. We must replace wars and weapons with negotiations and talks.     

Akbar Ganji

Every day's a negotiation and sometimes it's done with guns.     

Joss Whedon

Any negotiation on the basis of land for peace is a fatal mistake.

Avigdor Lieberman

The trick to negotiation was to hold all the cards going in and, even if you didn't, to try to look as though you did.     

Eoin Colfer

If you are planning on doing business with someone again, don’t be too tough in the negotiations. If you’re going to skin a cat, don’t keep it as a house cat.     

Marvin S. Levin

Negotiation means getting the best of your opponent.

Marvin Gaye

Negotiations are a euphemism for capitulation if the shadow of power is not cast across the bargaining table.     

George P. Shultz

Negotiation in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree.

Dean Acheson

Conflict is good in a negotiation process. it's the clash of two ideas, which then, all being well, produces a third idea.     

Luke Roberts

Negotiating a deal can only take place when there are two parties. If you wait too long, the other party may already have negotiated a deal with someone else.     

Robert Irwin



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