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

The essence of diplomacy is communication. It is the means whereby sovereign states–notional persons–communicate with other states through their human representatives. Being notional they, like all such entities, can do so in no other way. And as virtually no state finds it practical or desirable either to live like a hermit or to engage externally in nothing but unannounced and undiscussed war, there is a universal imperative on states to engage in diplomacy. Lorna Lloyd

Diplomacy is like banking: it is about building up a deposit of goodwill to use when necessary. Heng Chee Chan

The principle of give and take is the principle of diplomacy — give one and take ten. Mark Twain

Diplomacy goes even better with drinks. The Tragically Hip

You’re in America now…. Our idea of diplomacy is showing up with a gun in one hand and a sandwich in the other and asking which you’d prefer. Jim Butcher

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. Sun Tzu

An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country. Sir Henry Wotton

It was a mistake to speak one’s mind at any time, unless it perfectly matched your political purpose; and it never did. Best to strip all statements of real content, this was the basic law of diplomacy.

Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.

The best diplomat I know is a fully activated phaser bank.

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.

Diplomacy is the art of selling a deal you don’t want to people you don’t trust for reasons you won’t admit to. The nastiest thing in the nicest way.

Diplomacy is to do and say

Young man, in diplomacy there are two kinds of problems: small ones and large ones. The small ones will go away by themselves, and the large ones you will not be able to do anything about. The biggest challenges in your career will come from the temptation to act. The test of your mettle will be how nobly you surmount it.

Diplomacy is the art of saying, “Nice doggie!” until you can find a stick.

Our diplomacy should be direct and frank, neither seeking to obtain more nor accepting less than is our due.

Dexterity is one of the chief weapons of diplomacy; governments rely more upon the supremacy of this instrument, when in the hands of a skillful diplomatist than in the soundness or justice of their claims.

What good is a smooth tongue without sharp teeth?

Diplomacy and virtue do not make easy companions.

The promotion of human rights cannot be about exhortation alone. At times, it must be coupled with painstaking diplomacy. I know that engagement with repressive regimes lacks the satisfying purity of indignation. But I also know that sanctions without outreach — condemnation without discussion — can carry forward only a crippling status quo. No repressive regime can move down a new path unless it has the choice of an open door.

All war represents a failure of diplomacy.

As in the game of billiards, the balls are constantly producing effects from mere chance, which the most skillful player could neither execute nor foresee, but which, when they do happen, serve mainly to teach him how much he has still to learn; so it is in the most profound and complicated game of politics and diplomacy. In both cases, we can only regulate our play by what we have seen, rather than by what we have hoped; and by what we have experienced, rather than by what we have expected.

Coming from a developing country, I was trained extensively in international law and diplomacy and mistakenly assumed that the great powers, especially the United States, also trained their representatives in diplomacy and accepted the value of it. But the Roman Empire had no need for diplomacy. Nor does the United States. Diplomacy is perceived by an imperial power as a waste of time and prestige and a sign of weakness.

If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.

If we think of nations as “actors” on the world stage, diplomats are the stagehands.

A diplomat is a man who can juggle a hot potato long enough for it to become a cold issue.

In a world where war is everybody’s tragedy and everybody’s nightmare, diplomacy is everybody’s business.

Oh, diplomacy … it mops up war’s spillages; legitimizes its outcomes; gives the strong state the means to impose its will on a weaker one, while saving its fleets and battalions for weightier opponents.

To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.

To speak of honest diplomacy is like speaking of dry water.

Diplomacy is like going down a rapids in a canoe: one does not consider controlling the direction of the canoe for it takes all one’s effort just to keep its right side up.

And a diplomatist is one who lets the other fellow think he’s getting his way, while all the time he’s having his own. It never does any special harm to let people have their way with their mouths.

All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.

When a diplomat says yes, he means perhaps; when he says perhaps, he means no; when he says no, he is no diplomat.

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

I’m always diplomatic when heavily outnumbered by armed strangers.

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

DIPLOMACY, n. The patriotic art of lying for one’s country.

Diplomacy is the art of telling somebody to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.

Diplomacy is cutting the other fellow’s throat without using a knife.