55 Brilliant Quotes on How To Be More Diplomatic

“Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.” – Isaac Newton

“We must continue to pursue peace through diplomacy, but we must also not shrink from our responsibility through the option of strength. We must take advantage of internal resistance and change from within Iran to avert this path of mutual destruction.” – Michael McCaul

“My style in diplomacy is my style as a human being – I’m very direct and very honest.” – Samantha Power

“Widowhood had done nothing to curb my smart mouth. So much for diplomacy.” – Esther Williams

“Diplomacy has always involved dinners with ruling elites, backroom deals and clandestine meetings. Now, in the digital age, the reports of all those parties and patrician chats can be collected in one enormous database. And once collected in digital form, it becomes very easy for them to be shared.” – Heather Brooke

“History is littered with the wars everybody knew could never happen.” – Enoch Powell

“Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest things in the nicest way.” – Isaac Goldberg

“The director can be a dictator, but it’s not wise to be. You have to choose the days to be a dictator and the days to deal with diplomacy and democracy. Every great leader should know that, even a dictator. Tyrants get overthrown.” – RZA

“War is failure of diplomacy.” – John Dingell

Real firmness is good for every thing—Strut is good for nothing.” – Alexander Hamilton

“Loved ones who depart leave holes that cannot be patched up. Their absence does not stop us, when something dramatic happens, from wanting to get in touch with them to compare impressions.” – Madeline Albright

“It is never too late to be decent to each other.” – C.A.A. Savastano

“I know full well how important women are in diplomacy and development. I grew up with seven sisters.” – Ronan Farrow

“Diplomacy in leadership is winning the war on behalf of both sides.” – Lazarus Takawira

“In the lives of nations the really worthwhile things cannot and will not be hidden.” – George Kennan

“In an ideological age, diplomacy may seem weak and prosaic. But sometimes it is all we have.” – Noah Feldman

“…diplomacy, as well as being the art of waiting, was also the art of keeping up a facade of normality whatever the circumstances…. The ambassador praised his son’s determination, drew the conversation to a close with a smile, and decided to give him another month; after all, diplomacy is also the art of postponing decisions until the problems resolve themselves.” – Paulo Coelho

“There is no diplomacy like candor.” – E.V. Lucas

“Humor, humility, and, of course, honesty, all are qualities that work in public and cultural diplomacy.” – Cynthia Schneider

“Dinner was a comedy of diplomacy.” – Michael Crichton

“Humanity is united in its essential nature and is divided only in those things that are of secondary importance.” – Wald Wasserman

“Force is all conquering, but it’s victories are short lived.” – Abraham Lincoln

There will always be someone for whom violence is the only voice they feel they possess. My job is to help them find a new way to communicate.

“There will always be someone for whom violence is the only voice they feel they possess. My job is to help them find a new way to communicate.” – Anonymous

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

“You’re in America now,” I said. “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

“People who keep their feelings to themselves tend not to know, after a while, what their feelings are.” – Paul Berman

“Tact is the ability to step on a man’s toes without messing up the shine on his shoes.” – Harry Truman

“My friend is not a diplomat. She is the failure of diplomacy. She is the breakdown of negotiations. There is no escalation of hostilities beyond her.” – F.C. Yee

“You learn, just as you learn good manners, how to approach things with a certain amount of diplomacy.” – Robert MacNeil

“Successful diplomacy is an alignment of objectives and means.” – Dennis Ross

“Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.” – Mario Puzo

“People online will tell you what they really think – there’s no diplomacy. They’re honest; it’s good to have the feedback immediately.” – Giuseppe Zanotti

“In the ’80s, we at least had the idea of diplomacy.” – Ulrich Thomsen

“If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.” – Sue Kidd

“Diplomacy is like jazz: endless variations on a theme.” – Richard Holbrooke

“There’s a certain rule you must never forget in order to avoid unnecessary conflicts – opinions don’t matter, feelings are the priority. That said, having different ways of life is alright, but the minute you try to force your own principles unto others, you are already in the wrong.” – Tamuna Tsertsvadze

“Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.” – Warren Wiersbe

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

– Sun Tzu

“Look and see which way the wind blows before you commit yourself.” – Aesop

“New kinds of heroics need to be celebrated – like love, thoughtfulness, forgiveness, diplomacy – or we’re not going to get there.” – Patty Jenkins

“In the world of diplomacy, some things are better left unsaid.” – Lincoln Chafee

“Remember, there is no peace without peaceful exchange.” – Kass Morgan

“In the end, the work of diplomats continues even while others fight. So, it’s not necessarily true that everyone needs to march.” – David Brin

“Peace is war by other means.” – Will Durant

“Diplomacy between a powerful, victorious army and a side that’s losing doesn’t really work well.” – Toomas Hendrik

“Diplomacy never works.” – Nadia Scrieva

“Humor, humility, and, of course, honesty, all are qualities that work in public and cultural diplomacy.” – Cynthia Schneider

“That’s the key to walking through the Wall…. You have to first see it as not being a Wall, even though everyone you know still sees it as a Wall.”- Kevin Shay

“While we need to provide leadership and stability to the world, we should do that through diplomacy.” – Kevin de Leon

“What a shame swear words aren’t allowed in diplomacy.” – Ayse Kulin

“Tact and diplomacy are fine in international relations, in politics, perhaps even in business; in science only one thing matters, and that is the facts.” – Hans Eysenck

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

“Diplomacy is fundamentally working with people, bringing people together to deal with difficult issues.” – John Roos

“Diplomacy and virtue do not make easy companions.” – Iain Pears

“Kindness solves more problems than diplomacy, wealth, intelligence, clout, force, law, and dominion combined.” – Richelle Goodrich

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