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.


No problem is so deep that it cannot be overcome, given the will of all parties, through discussion and negotiation rather than force and violence.     

Nelson Mandela

Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.     

Nelson Mandela

Negotiation is permissible for mediocrity not for excellence.     

Amit Kalantri

During the negotiation process, it's common for misconceptions to occur, since both parties assume what the other person is saying or thinking. This can lead to conflicts or disagreements.     

John Rampton

The real negotiation is between humans on the one hand and chemistry and physics on the other. And chemistry and physics, unfortunately, don't bargain.     

Bill McKibben

If there is negotiation, it must be rooted in mutual respect and concern for the rights of others.     

John F. Kennedy

This is a classic negotiation technique. It's a gentle, soft indication of your disapproval and a great way to keep negotiating. Count to 10. By then, the other person usually will start talking and may very well make a higher offer.     

Bill Coleman

Any negotiation has a limit. Otherwise, war is irrelevant.     

Toba Beta

You can't go to a negotiating table pointing a gun, but you've got to keep it over your shoulder.     

Joe Slovo

Negotiation is not a policy. It's a technique. It's something you use when it's to your advantage, and something that you don't use when it's not to your advantage.     

John Bolton

We're fascinated by the words--but where we meet is in the silence behind them.     

Ram Dass

There's no road map on how to raise a family: it's always an enormous negotiation.     

Meryl Streep

There are two ways to resolve conflicts, through violence or through negotiation. Violence is for wild beasts, negotiation is for human beings.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.     

John F. Kennedy

Negotiation is a calling for all seasons ... for conflict situations are omnipresent in human and social relations.     

Ira William Zartman

When negotiations are at an impasse, when States dig their heels in, it is time to 'undig' them in a spirit of compromise. We all need to unlearn the predator in us, unlearn discrimination, unlearn privilege.     

Alfred-Maurice de Zayas

Negotiation and discussion are the greatest weapons we have for promoting peace and development.     

Nelson Mandela

In a negotiation, we must find a solution that pleases everyone, because no one accepts that they must lose and that the other must win. Both must win!     

Nabil N. Jamal

The best move you can make in negotiation is to think of an incentive the other person hasn't even thought of - and then meet it.     

Eli Broad

Negotiation is all about building trust, removing suspicion and developing a sense of mutual confidence in the other party.     

Richard Ellis