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Diplomats were invented simply to waste time. David Lloyd George
Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest things in the nicest way. Isaac Goldberg
There will be a meeting of the great powers who will disagree, and the next noise we hear will be the screeching of elevators going up and down from heaven to hell. Mordecai Wyatt Johnson
Force is not a remedy. John Bright
The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians. Benjamin Disraeli
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. Winston Churchill
An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle. Walter Bagehot
Modern diplomats approach every problem with an open mouth. Arthur Goldberg
Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held. Aldous Huxley
The function of a briefing paper is to prevent the ambassador from saying something dreadfully indiscreet. I sometimes think its true object is to prevent the ambassador from saying anything at all. Kingman Brewster, Jr.
Ask Nehru to write me a letter and tell me exactly what he wants me to do for India.. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Let them fight it out, friend! Things have gone too far. Robert Browning
We don't do the poor any favors by respecting the sensitivities of bad rulers who oppress their own people. William Easterly
This is bullshit. I'm not doing this. Colin Powell
It's better to have a dialogue with your enemies than not. William B. Richardson
You can do a lot with diplomacy, but with diplomacy backed up by force you can get a lot more done Kofi Annan
the avowed pretension of the United States, to put themselves at the head of the confederacy of all the Americas, and to sway that confederacy against Europe (Great Britain included), is not a pretension identified with our interests, or one that we can countenance or tolerate. It is, however, a pretension which there is no use in contesting in the abstract; but we must not say anything that seems to admit this principle. George Canning
Diplomacy is letting someone else have your way. Lester B. Pearson
It is natural to have differences and still remain friends. Francis Ricciardone
The best way to influence our enemies is to stand steadfastly by our friends. Walter H. Judd
I don’t talk to countries that exhibit bad behavior. George W. Bush
The United States is trying to hide its defeats and failures. And that’s why it is pointing its finger at us. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The first thing to be done in Paris is always to send for a tailor, a perukemaker and a shoemaker, for this nation has established such a domination over fashion that neither clothes, wigs nor shoes made in any other place will do in Paris. John Adams
Time after time … when policy makers confronted a conflict between foreign policy and domestic interests, the diplomatic imperative prevailed. Alfred E. Eckes Jr.
They put aside the talk of peace and instead acted for peace. Jehan Sadat
I do not believe that diplomacy equals weakness…. If you are going to use force you better make sure that it is effective. Richard Holbrooke
Every diplomatic breakthrough is preceded by a crisis, but not every crisis leads to a breakthrough. John Roberts
In view of the increasingly critical situation I propose to come over at once to see you with a view to trying to find a peaceful solution. I propose to come across by air and am ready to start tomorrow. Please indicate earliest time at which you can see me and suggest place of meeting. I should be grateful for a very early reply. Neville Chamberlain
There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through jihad. All initiatives, proposals, and international conferences are a waste of time and vain endeavors. Hamas
These, then, are the qualities of my ideal diplomatist. Truth, accuracy, calm, patience, good temper, modesty and loyalty. They are also the qualities of an ideal diplomacy. But, the reader may object, you have forgotten intelligence, knowledge, discernment, prudence, hospitality, charm, industry, courage and even tact. I have not forgotten them. I have taken them for granted. Harold Nicolson
Today, the diplomatic method has less to do with a sense of political history and the persuasive powers of its practitioners. Important as these tools are, the vital role of the diplomat in today’s globalized world has been radically altered by the complexities of techno-economic multilateralism. Meeting the challenge of instant news, instant analysis, and instant decisions require alertness and mental agility of a very high order. Sadly, as we have seen yesterday, the threat posed by non-state actors, ranging from conventional terrorists to hackers and white-collar criminals, has also raised the bar for our representatives abroad. Crafting a balance between traditional modes of diplomatic negotiation with the need for instant responses is a specific challenge that must be dealt with Manmohan Singh
You can’t outsource diplomacy. You can’t do it unless you do it. Jessica Mathews
It is inconceivable for anyone who calls himself a Muslim and who heads an Islamic state to maintain relations under the table with the regime that occupied Jerusalem. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
I probably have a lot of blood on my hands, but that's not all bad. There's a time when you have to strike hard at a decisive moment. Robert J. Martens
God does not always give victory to the leaders by means of the sword, nor are such things always accomplished by fighting. But what toil has not procured, words have often effected, and the greatest trophies have been erected by friendly and propitiatory intercourse. Let us therefore not spend our time here uselessly, but endeavor to accomplish something sensible and courageous for our own safety… Let each one of us studiously try to win over the barbarian who guards our respective section. Bohemund I of Antioch
Yasser Arafat was the epitome of gracious Arab hospitality. I must have had 1000 meals with him. The problem was that he could never translate that hospitality to negotiations. Dennis Ross
Diplomacy without military capability is nothing more than prayer. Paul Nitze
Ambassador: In diplomacy, an officer sent into a foreign country as the visible embodiment of his sovereign's hostility. Ambrose Bierce
If you operate any kind of major diplomacy, you must run some risk. Henry A. Kissinger
Let’s use our brain power and not our fire power and we will get somewhere. Nouhad Mahmoud
Listening is a sign of respect. Thomas Friedman
Liberia and the United States are bound together by history and values. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
The diplomat holds all acts honorable which bring him success, all things are righteous which serve his ends. If cheating is necessary, he will cheat; if lying is useful, he will lie; if bribery helps, he will bribe; if murder serves, he will order murder; if burglary, seduction, arson or forgery brings success nearer, all and each of these will be done. James Connolly
If a situation were to be forced upon us in which peace could only be preserved by the surrender of the great and beneficent position Britain has won by centuries of heroism and achievement, by allowing Britain to be treated where her interests were vitally affected as if she were of no account in the Cabinet of nations, then I say emphatically that peace at that price would be a humiliation intolerable for a great country like ours to endure. National honor is no party question. The security of our great international trade is no party question; the peace of the world is much more likely to be secured if all nations realize fairly what the conditions of peace must be David Lloyd George
Learn to understand the culture of those that you wish to influence. Thomas Edward Lawrence; Lawrence of Arabia
It is possible, starting thus level with them, for the European to beat the Arabs at their own game, for we have stronger motives for our action and put more heart into it than they. Thomas Edward Lawrence; Lawrence of Arabia
Wear an Arab headcloth when with a tribe. Bedouin have a malignant prejudice against the hat, and believe the persistence in wearing it (due probably to British obstinacy of dictation) is founded on some immoral or irreligious principle…. if you can wear Arab kit when with the tribes, you will acquire their trust and intimacy to a degree impossible in uniform. Thomas Edward Lawrence; Lawrence of Arabia
In matters of business deal only with the commander of the army, column, or party in which you serve. Never give orders to anyone at all, and reserve your directions or advice for the C.O., however great the temptation (for efficiency’s sake). Thomas Edward Lawrence; Lawrence of Arabia
Let him (the king) also appoint an ambassador who is versed in all sciences, who understands hints, expressions of the face and gestures, who is honest, skilful, and of noble family. Such an ambassador is commended to a king who is loyal, honest, skilful, possessing a good memory, who knows the proper place and time for action, who is handsome, fearless, and eloquent. For the ambassador alone makes kings' allies and separates allies; the ambassador transacts that business by which kings are disunited or not. Manu
Let them especially put their demands in such a way that Great Britain could say that she supported both sides. James Ramsey MacDonald
Iran explains nothing to anyone but God. Mir Hussein Musawi
The limits of diplomacy must be acknowledged. Frank Gaffney
Avoid what will require an apology. Arab Proverb
To deceive a diplomat speak the truth. He has little experience with it. Anonymous
You come among us in a new way, and say you are quite friendly: how can we know it unless you give us some of your food, and you take some of ours? If you give us an ox, we will give you whatever you may wish, and then we shall be friends. Anonymous
Czechoslovakia is the most neutral country in the world. It never interferes in any country's internal affairs, even its own. Anonymous
The Marietta is not in Honduran waters on banana police duty, but to exert a moral influence toward political tranquillity. Alvey Augustus Adee
Working with Europeans is very difficult. They require endless respect. Madeleine Albright
Let us have frankness before the handshake. Ghazi Al-Ghossaibi; Ghazi Al
Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Book of Amos
American diplomats want blood. They watched too many Westerns in their formative years. Jeffrey Archer
Political preemption in the form of democracy promotion will be as important as the capacity for military preemption. Ronald D. Asmus
Normalization of relations with the United States should not be a reward for good behavior .... It should depend on America's interests. Chester A. Atkins
There can scarcely be a more difficult thing than to play a double game. It is dangerous, and it is at times, a nice point to draw the distinction between such a game and dishonor. Stephen F. Austin
We shall try to destroy you. Won't you have another drink? Abdul Rahman Hassan Azzam
I go back to Washington every year to see the President and I get my orders directly from him—not from those pipsqueaks [at the State Department.] Walworth Barbour
There will be not only peace between us and the Arabs ... but close friendship and cooperation. David Ben-Gurion
Peace and security for the United States depend on building principled, constructive, clear-eyed relations with our former great-power adversaries. Samuel R. Berger
When a man speaks of the need for realism one may be sure that this is always the prelude to some bloody deed. Isaiah Berlin
Pakistan was once called the most allied ally of the United States. We are now the most nonallied. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
In American politics, a person who having failed to secure an office from the people is given one on the condition he leave the country. Ambrose Bierce
Diplomacy: The patriotic art of lying for one's country. Ambrose Bierce
Be polite. Write diplomatically. Even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
Laid up in ice [mis à la glace]. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
A pupil of diplomacy has to learn three things: to speak French, to speak nothing, and to speak falsehood. Ludwig Borne
It’s important to be friends with people when you don’t need each other, so that when you do, there’s a strong bond of friendship. George W. Bush
I never apologize for the United States of America. I don't care what the facts are. George W. Bush
I don't like hypocrisy—even in international relations. Kofi Busia
Guns and blockades are not conducive to meaningful dialogue. Pierre Cadieux
Councilors of state sit plotting their high chess-game whereof the pawns are men. Thomas Carlyle
Military governments make promises they don’t keep. Walter Carrington
has a tendency to treat the Palestinians with scorn, to look down on them almost as subhumans and to rationalize his abusive attitude toward them by categorizing all Palestinians as terrorists. Jimmy Carter
The statesman's motto should be, "Keep your word until death. George-Etienne Cartier
Diplomacy is the art of saying “Nice Doggie!” till you can find a rock. Wynn Catlin
I love the English …. I am the child of Queen Victoria. But I am also King in my own country and must be treated as such. Somsteu must speak gently to me. I shall not bear his dictation … I shall perish first. Cetshwayo
Flatter them with hopes until I be ready to suppress them. Charles I
We do not want to tie ourselves ... to the United States, because she is unreliable ... and her statesmen do not know the mind of their own country. Alfred E. M. Chatfield
The smile with the knife under the cloak. Geoffrey Chaucer
We will not hesitate to discredit you. Dick Cheney
I like to stand up to the Americans. It’s popular, but you have to be very careful because they’re our friends. Jean Chretien
Diplomacy is a frequently neglected imperative. Warren Christopher
One of the things a Secretary of State shouldn't do is try to characterize foreign leaders. We have to take them as they are. Warren Christopher
We have sustained a defeat without a war. Winston Churchill
When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite. Winston Churchill
What Your Excellency is saying is logical, but I haven’t been sent here to be logical. I have come here to tell you about the rupture of relations. Dmitri Chuvakhin
Sacagewa reconciles all the Indians to our friendly intentions. A woman with a party of men is a token of peace. George Rogers Clark
There is a lot of juggling between NATO commitment and domestic politics in most countries [belonging to NATO.] Wesley Clark
The statesman wishes to steer, while the politician is satisfied to drift. James F. Clarke
Honor and good faith and justice are equally due from this country toward the weak as toward the strong. Henry Clay
The art of diplomacy is to take your humiliations in private. Eleanor Clift
Diplomacy and force are two sides of the same coin. Bill Clinton
We cannot recognize, hold official relations with, or give friendly reception to the agents of a government which is determined and bound to conspire against our institutions. Bainbridge Colby
It will not surprise me if I turn out to by the last Minister from the United States to the British Court, and that will certainly be fame if it be not honor. George Mifflin Dallas
American diplomacy is easy on the brain but hard on the feet. Charles G. Dawes
I have discovered the art of deceiving diplomats. I speak the truth, and they never believe me. Camillo di Cavour
Diplomats are only useful in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop. Charles de Gaulle
In addition to impartiality and honesty, people engaged in good offices must have the gift of good timing and a flawless sense of balance. Alvaro De Soto
I certainly was not going to add to his humiliation in the hour of defeat. Eamon de Valera
France used to have the ability to inspire princes and kings, send her philosophers to the courts of Europe whose elites spoke our language… now no one listens to her anymore and the universe turns without her … Dominique de Villepin
I have no fear about the result, as I have intimated in the proper quarter that I should break up the Congress if England’s views are not adopted. Benjamin Disraeli
I never refuse. I never contradict. I sometimes forget. Benjamin Disraeli
When there is a quarrel between two states, it is generally occasioned by some blunder of a ministry. Benjamin Disraeli
Why employ intelligent and highly paid ambassadors and then go and do their work for them? You don't buy a canary and sing yourself. Alec Douglas-Home
Nothing to bother about, the man was a Bolshevik. Ellis Loring Dresel
There isn't any rule in diplomacy that can't be broken.... There are times when diplomatic principles should be violated, but when you violate them you ought to know you're violating them. John Foster Dulles
It is doubtful if anyone could recount a single instance in which a rupture of diplomatic relations has ever brought any benefit to the government that initiated the break. Abba Eban
Surely diplomacy is needed when there is conflict, not when there is harmony. Abba Eban
Since war is everybody's tragedy, diplomacy is everybody's business. Abba Eban
How I have been deceived! I was expecting a diplomatic mission, but you have brought me a quarrel! By virtue of your testimonials I have received you as an ambassador, but I have found you instead a challenger … you give me the impression of having studied many books, but not yet of having graduated to the books of Princes, rather remaining ignorant of the dealings between Kings. Elizabeth I
There is no debt more lawful than the word of a just man nor anything which binds our actions more than a promise. Elizabeth I
All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means. Chou En-lai
Where is the true-hearted American whose cheek does not tingle with shame to see our highest and most courted foreign missions filled by men of foreign birth to the exclusion of the native-born? Millard Fillmore
When the President picks up the phone and calls the Prime Minister, what does it mean to be an ambassador? Newt Gingrich
Protocol is everything. François Giuliani
We begin by not taking it [the United Nations] seriously. Barry Goldwater
If you ever boast of a diplomatic achievement, you won't have another one. Fitzhugh Green
There is little incentive for initiative just now: the [State] Department seems to take no interest; we never receive comments on our work and many of our questions go unanswered. Joseph C. Grew
Many people would rather have fine words and false hopes than the truth which is unacceptable. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
There was no authority with which diplomacy could deal. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
The British courtiers are ridiculing our situation very much and tell Mr. [John] Adams [then Secretary of State], in a sneering manner, when America shall assume some kind of government then England will speak to her. Cyrus Griffin
Diplomacy without arms is music without instruments. Frederick II
Diplomacy is the art of letting somebody else have your way. David Frost
There is something about the Foreign Service that takes the guts out of people. Evan G. Galbraith
You aren't that big a hot shot that we'd build this for you. Kika de la Garza
Sir, I cannot look into men’s minds; I can only judge of men’s motives by their conduct. George IV
I will be very frank with you. I was the last to consent to separation; but the separation having been made, and having become inevitable, I have always said, as I say now, that I would be the first to meet the friendship of the United States as an independent power. George III
… dialogue is essential to winning the hearts and minds of moderate elements in societies vulnerable to radicalism. Helena K. Finn
We who are illiterate laymen do not understand one word of what the bishops have said to your Holiness. Robert FitzAlan; Earl of Arundel
You just always do what will make the other fellow feel comfortable, at ease, and then everything else will be all right. Lou Henry Hoover
You can't get a diplomatic solution unless behind that, is the threat of force. Henry Hyde
It was as far as I could send him ..., where he could do the least harm. I would have sent him to the North Pole if we had kept a minister there. Andrew Jackson
One of the best magistrates as minister, and a good sharp thief-taker for [foreign] secretary Francis James Jackson
Ministers cannot disapprove of though they may be sorry for it … Francis James Jackson
If talk is impossible, then war is inevitable. Jesse Jackson
I succeed him. No one can replace him. Thomas Jefferson
Dammit, I always shake hands and they love it. Lyndon B. Johnson
[On appeasement:] If you let a bully come into your front yard, he'll be on your porch the next day and the day after that he'll rape your wife in your own bed. Lyndon B. Johnson
The Four Great Powers? Who the hell are the other two? Lyndon B. Johnson
If war is so easily averted as all this it does seem a pity no P[rime] M[inister] except Neville Chamberlain] has thought of it before. Peace without Honour seems to be what we have got. I'm glad. One can't expect both. Rose Macaulay
This is not the time to make enemies. Niccolo Machiavelli
Americans, who are naive and inexperienced, are up against centuries of diplomatic skill and finesse. Harold MacMillan
I have treated Japan as I would like to be treated, and they have responded in kind. Mike Mansfield
In a sense the United States is Czechoslovakia's foster parent. It is upon President Wilson's immortal charter of freedom, as embodied in his famous Fourteen Points, that the foundations of our state are laid. We have tried to pattern our young republic after our great sponsor. Our Constitution and our laws, our mode of government, and even our business methods follow closely those of the United States. Tomas G. Masaryk
Your governor is but a subject of King Charles of England. I shall not treat with a subject. I shall treat of peace only with the King, my brother. When he comes, I am ready. Massasoit
An International Congress [Summit]: the greatest of all Vanity Fairs …. Each Prime Minister thinks that he alone is capable of representing his country’s policy. Each Foreign Secretary thinks that the Premier knows nothing of diplomacy. Each professional ambassador thinks the same about his Foreign Secretary …. It is an orchestra of first violins. Andre Maurois
The thing I want most in an ambassador is that when he picks up the phone, you'll take the call. Robert Menzies
We have to develop preventive diplomacy. Francois Mitterrand
One usually obtains [diplomatic] influence through the press, and that costs money ... or through the purchase of prominent ... parliamentarians, for which one also needs a great deal of cash. Anton Monts
There's always a way to talk. Edmund S. Muskie
In war time you will do almost anything. You just have to. Fiorello H. La Guardia
Tell the Arch-Duchess that she may boss her own immigrants, but she can't boss the American consul. Fiorello H. La Guardia
Why in every instance should we be represented in any part of this world by any man who is not an American citizen? Fiorello H. La Guardia
Carrying our successful diplomacy is difficult if you do not have ears for things you do not want to hear. Mark Leonard
Diplomacy, when matched by force, can achieve our objectives. Joseph I. Lieberman
If any good reason exists why we should persevere longer in withholding our recognition of the independence and sovereignty of Hayti [sic] and Liberia, I am unable to discern it.... I submit for your consideration the expediency of an appropriation for maintaining a chargé d'affaire near each of these new states. Abraham Lincoln
Diplomacy: the art of jumping into troubled waters without making a splash. Art Linkletter
The politician says: "I will give you what you want." The statesman says: "What you think you want is this. What it is possible for you to get is that. What you really want, therefore, is the following. Walter Lippmann
The history of diplomacy is the history of relations among rival powers which did not enjoy political intimacy and did not respond to appeals to common purposes. Nevertheless, ... to think that rival and unfriendly powers cannot be brought to a settlement is to forget what diplomacy is about. Walter Lippmann
The fact that talk may be boring or turgid or uninspiring should not cause us to forget the fact that it is preferable to war. Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
As symbols of national power representing the people government of the United States, our embassies have become obvious targets for terror. Jane Loeffler
Let’s make history. Kim Dae Jung
Diplomacy [is] ... the art of restraining power. Henry A. Kissinger
One has to be careful when listening to diplomats to hear exactly what is being said. Ted Koppel
I speak not in official character, imparted by diplomacy, whose secrecy is the curse of the world, but I am the harbinger of the public spirit of the people. Louis Kossuth
Perfect security means nobody’s there at all. Sheldon J. Kryss
I am not certain whether we can afford your friendship, be it eternal or merely temporary. I fail to see the difference between what you define as friendship and what civilized nations call enmity. William Eaton
I can therefore say, as a Spartan Ambassador to the King of Persia’s Lieutenant, when asked whether he came with a public commission or on his own account: “If successful, for the public; if unsuccessful, for myself.” William Eaton
This business of heads of governments stepping into aeroplanes and flying off to talk things over with one another may well start a new era in diplomacy. David Gascoyne
We look forward to the necessity of coercion … Thomas Jefferson
If we start seeing one ambassador I don’t know how we’re going to avoid seeing the other 113 …. I don’t see what mileage we get in seeing 80 African ambassadors. Lyndon B. Johnson
Ambassadors form an exception to the general case of foreigners resident in the country, and they are exempted absolutely from all allegiance, and from all responsibility to the laws of the country to which they are deputed …. A foreign minister and those strictly belonging to the embassy are in general exempt from the criminal jurisdiction of the country to which they go James Kent
The government of a revolted state which has not yet been recognized, sometimes sends out diplomatic agents, who, although not invested with the representative character, nor entitled to diplomatic honors, may be clothed with the powers and enjoy the immunities of ministers. James Kent
Get out! You will have to learn Mr. Ambassador that although we Spaniards are very poor and need help from abroad very much, we are much too proud to let a foreign ambassador impose his will on the head of the government of Spain. Francisco Largos Caballero
The gap is widening between France’s proud diplomatic rhetoric and the nation’s ability to translate words into action. Eric Le Boucher
Until you meet, you will never understand each other. Portugal
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Joseph C. Wilson
Dr. Kissinger is a man you can talk to. Chou En-lai
Above all gentlemen, not too much zeal. Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
I must confess, that if left to act entirely upon my own judgment, I should not have recognized this provisional government …. But I claim no right to set up my own judgment against that of my government, believing strict obedience to the wishes of my government my first and sole duty. Isaac Peckham Christiancy
You English are mad, mad, mad as March hares. What has come over you that you are so completely given over to suspicions quite unworthy of a great nation? What more can I do than I have done? I declared with all the emphasis at my command… that my heart is set upon peace, and that it is one of my dearest wishes to live on the best of terms with England. …. To be forever misjudged, to have my repeated offers of friendship weighed and scrutinized with jealous, mistrustful eyes, taxes my patience severely. I have said time after time that I am a friend of England, and your press … bids the people of England refuse my proffered hand and insinuates that the other holds a dagger. How can I convince a nation against its will ? Wilhelm II
If the citizens of Mallus have behaved stupidly - and they have! - it's up to you to put anger aside and forgive them the punitive revenge you thought you had a right to; and, instead, work out a solution to this dispute over boundaries Diogenes
Part of the genius of diplomacy is to resolve issues before crises come along. Dick Roche
Talks are not the same thing as agreements. Husain Haqqani
Unilateral preemption should not in any way be the model for how we conduct international relations... It brings us into very dangerous territory and it could be used and abused by any other country. We need to continue to base our security on multilateralism, and on the Security Council. Mohamed El Baradei
Public diplomacy, practiced in harmony with traditional diplomacy, will enable us to advance our interest, to protect our security, and to continue to provide the moral basis for our leadership in the world. Evelyn Lieberman
Public Diplomacy – the open exchange of ideas and information – is an inherent characteristic of democratic societies. Its global mission is central to … foreign policy. And it remains indispensable to … national interests, ideals and leadership role in the world. U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy
Successful diplomats must always be conscious of other parties' need to know how an agreement serves their interests and how it can be sold back home. Chester A. Crocker
Successfully pressuring armed militants to abandon violence and participate in democratic elections requires a favorable political climate. In Northern Ireland and South Africa, armed militants turned away from violence and entered mainstream politics only when the framework of an acceptable political deal was on the table, providing them with a product they could sell to their supporters. The sequence of events was of crucial importance. Chester A. Crocker
Negotiations are the most essential tool of statecraft. Dennis Ross
The reasons for disliking diplomacy are legion. Engaging in serious diplomacy would mean reviewing the way Washington advocates for and deploys its principles. It might necessitate a glance in the mirror and asking why the United States believes it is uniquely empowered to interpret the Creator's higher purpose for people in other lands. Chester A. Crocker
Negotiators run the risk of achieving agreement and then having to take yes for an answer when they are emotionally accustomed to confrontation. Chester A. Crocker
International negotiation has a nasty tendency to remind its practitioners that the laws of gravity affect them, too, and that international life is a two-way street in which one may have to give in order to get. Chester A. Crocker
Statecraft, as these cases convincingly illustrate, is demanding and often exhausting work. There are risks, and success is not guaranteed. It requires major governmental and political resources and the same kind of hourly, year-round planning and execution as the conduct of a military campaign. Chester A. Crocker
Diplomacy, contrary to the current misconception, is not about making nice, exchanging happy talk, and offering concessions. It is the engine that converts raw energy and tangible power into meaningful political results. In other words, diplomacy is all about the intelligent use of power. Diplomacy is not an alternative to coercion and other forms of power; its effectiveness depends on their skillful use. Chester A. Crocker
When you first leave Uganda for Europe you think, ‘At last, I'm free to do what I want’. But when you arrive there, you become an African for the first time, in a sense. Because you are responsible for Somalia! They call you up and say, ‘What do you think about Somalia?’ And you can't say, ‘I'm Ugandan, I have nothing to say about Somalia’. You have this big, huge chunk of experience to defend --and you will defend it, because nobody else is defending it. You become some sort of an ambassador and for the first time you become conscious of what Africa means. Moses Isegawa
Negotiating with Stalin was like dealing with an octopus. Harry S Truman
The main interest of this country had always been to prevent any one Power from obtaining undue predominance in Europe; but we were now faced with probably the most formidable Power that had ever dominated Europe, and resistance to that Power was quite obviously a British interest. If I thought surrender would bring lasting peace I should be in favour of surrender, but I did not believe there would ever be peace in Europe so long as Nazism ruled in Germany. Alfred Duff Cooper
Empires just don’t bargain. Winston Churchill
I don’t see it as pressure. Among friends we can get advice. Ahmed Nizif
Talk brings opponents together. Arab Proverb
It is unacceptable to be silent about American generosity. Charlotte Beers
Take no further action U. S. State Department
The Prime Minister of Great Britain has nothing to hide from the President of the United States. Winston Churchill
There is only one way to liberate Palestine and Al-Aqsa, and that is the fighting, that is the Jihad, that is the slaughtering, that is the butchering…call it dialogue. Mohammad abu Faris
If you have diplomatic relations, maybe you can try to change them from within. If you don’t have diplomatic relations, change can only come from without through confrontation. Pervez Musharraf
The representative of our government, whom President Harrison has sent here, is an ass, and ought to be moved from here at once. He has not the respect of the rabble, much less the better class. He is an Irish Catholic bigot of the baser sort, and a regular rough besides. Henry M. Turner
If the aversion of the people to a Prince's rule should by his injustice become so miserable as to cause the people to seek his downfall, the British Government are bound by no obligation to force the people to submit to a ruler who has derived himself of their allegiance by his misconduct. In no case, will the British Government be the blind instrument of a Ruler's injustice towards his people and if in spite of friendly warnings, the evil of which the British Government may have just cause to complain be not corrected, a system of direct interference must be resorted to which as Your Highness must be aware would lower the dignity and curtail the independence of the Ruler. England
Diplomacy … means the art of nearly deceiving all your friends, but not quite deceiving all your enemies Kofi Busia
I have been a diplomat for 12 years but have never been posted abroad because I am a woman. Eman Alwan
[To Americans] diplomacy means all the wicked devices of the Old World, spheres of influence, balances of power, secret treaties, triple alliances, and, during the interwar period, appeasement of Fascism. Barbara Tuchman
A diplomat should be yielding and supple as a liana that can be bent but not broken Malayan Proverb
The day of our arrival at Canton, August 30th, and the two following days, we were visited by the Chinese merchants … and treated by them in all respects as citizens of a free and independent nation. As such, during our stay, we were universally considered. The Chinese themselves were very indulgent towards us, though, ours being the first American ship that had ever visited China, it was some time before they could fully comprehend the distinction between us and Englishmen. They styled us the New People; and when by the map we conveyed to them an idea of the extent of our country, with its present and increasing population, they were highly pleased at the prospect of so considerable a market for the productions of their own empire. Samuel Shaw
Anger can be an expensive luxury. Italian Proverb
A back channel is a means of communications between two heads of state without going through their respective bureaucracies thus preventing resistance and leaks. Brent Scowcroft
Advocacy: Advocacy for America John Bolton
… we fight merely to resist the devastation of our country and the shedding of our best blood, and to force them to let us live in peace under the protection of our own institutions, and under our laws, which not only insure to everyone the enjoyment of his temporal rights, but also the free exercise of his religion. Jefferson Davis
Language allows one to crack the code of culture Jon Huntsman, Jr.
The job of a diplomat is to be the eyes and the ears of the country he or she is representing. Madeleine Albright
If you believe that their real intention is to kill you, it isn't unreasonable to believe that they would lie to you. Henry A. Kissinger
The President must stay in office to steer these changes through. Frank Wisner
Vengeance is not necessarily successful because wrong has been done, or strength sure because it is confident; but the incalculable element in the future has the widest influence, and is the most treacherous, and yet in fact the most useful of all things, as it frightens us all equally, and thus makes us consider before attacking each other. Hermocrates
The Great Design Henry IV
Cool, realistic diplomats are prepared to try to negotiate with any type of regime whenever the national interest calls for it; the last thing that should ever be done to turn emotional or "demonize" another foreign leader no matter how nasty he may be. Jacob Heilbrunn
... more snobbish than their English butlers. William Randolph Hearst
Vacillation and inconsistency are as incompatible with successful diplomacy as they are with the national dignity. Benjamin Harrison
This is the President of the United States. Move over! Warren G. Harding
[Starving] women, children, the elderly, they don’t know anything about four-party talks. They want to eat. They want to live. Hall, Tony P,
Ambassadors are the eyes and ears of states. Francesco Guicciardini
Dollar Diplomacy Theodore Roosevelt
The Republics of Colombia, of Mexico, and of Central America have already deputed plenipotentiaries to … a meeting, and they have invited the United States to be also represented there by their ministers. The invitation has been accepted, and ministers on the part of the United States will be commissioned to attend at those deliberations, and to take part in them so far as may be compatible with that neutrality from which it is neither our intention nor the desire of the other American States that we should depart. John Quincy Adams
Diplomat: A person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip. Caskie Stinnett
Unfortunately, many of the nations of this hemisphere are still self-tormented by domestic dissensions. Revolution succeeds revolution; injuries are committed upon foreigners engaged in lawful pursuits; much time el apses before a government sufficiently stable is erected to justify expectation of redress; ministers are sent and received, and before the discussions of past injuries are fairly begun fresh troubles arise; but too frequently new injuries are added to the old, to be discussed together with the existing government after it has proved its ability to sustain the assaults made upon it, or with its successor if overthrown. If this unhappy condition of things continues much longer, other nations will be under the painful necessity of deciding whether justice to their suffering citizens does not require a prompt redress of injuries by their own power, without waiting for the establishment of a government competent and enduring enough to discuss and to make satisfaction for them. Andrew Jackson
My brother and I sympathize with the Soviet fear of German revanchists. Robert Kennedy
Now it’s too late! William E. Dodd
Public diplomacy should be more ear driven than mouth driven. Nancy Snow
Perhaps you will find me more agreeable. Marie Alexandra Victoria
Romania needs a face, and I will be that face Marie Alexandra Victoria
One can wink at certain things, but one cannot authorize them Comte de Vergennes; Charles Gravier
We can destabilize your government and make a horrible example out of you Henry A. Kissinger
We have to deal with it diplomatically if we can, militarily if we must. Richard A. Gephardt
I have come here, therefore, on a voyage of discovery of the mind and heart of America and to place before you our own heart. Thus we may promote that understanding and cooperation which, I feel sure, both our countries earnestly desire. Jawaharlal Nehru
Wall Street equals War Street Anonymous
A diplomat these days is nothing but a head-waiter who's allowed to sit down occasionally. Peter Ustinov
I'm convinced there's a small room in the attic of the Foreign Office where future diplomats are taught to stammer Peter Ustinov
America would never consent to become entangled in European diplomacy… Herbert Hoover
One is treading on very delicate ground when you have to consider the public opinion in China, Japan, the League of Geneva, and at home. It is pretty hard to avoid using a word which may arouse unintended repercussions in one or the other of those half a dozen localities Henry L. Stimson
…I am getting very tired of being reassured one thing by the Japanese Foreign Office and then having the army go ahead and do the opposite. Henry L. Stimson
Diplomats make it their business to conceal the facts. Margaret Sanger
A diplomat is one that says something that is equally misunderstood by both sides, and never clear to either. Will Rogers
I will not condone murder, therefore I disobey and continue to disobey Salazar [Dictator of Portugal]. My desire is to be with God against men, rather than with men against God., If thousands of Jews can suffer because of one Catholic [Hitler], then surely it is permitted for one Catholic to suffer for so many Jews. I could not have acted otherwise, and I therefore accept all that has befallen me with love. Aristides de Sousa Mendes
… negotiating with America is like shaking hands with Satan, and dancing with wolves, because the Americans are interested in negotiations for negotiations' sake....By negotiating with us, they are trying to intimidate the world of Islam and the Islamic movements, saying: "Even Islamic Iran, which you follow and which serves as your model, eventually had no choice but to get along with us.” Hossein Shariatmadari
Zaire is among America's oldest friends, and its president - President Mobutu - one of our most valued friends...And so I was honored to invite President Mobutu to be the first African head of state to come to the United States for an official visit during my presidency George W. Bush
The supporters of freeing the slave were … half savages, negroes and magistrates who … were for the most part people of color and natural sons of Jews by negroes and mulattos, prejudiced against everything American but Negroes and their descendants. Emancipation was an experiment that America should never entertain Robert Monroe Harrison
The United States has better relations with the countries of Asia than any of them have with each other. Stephen Hadley
We need dialogue, not confrontation on the Korean Peninsula. William B. Richardson
One war at a time. Abraham Lincoln
You say different things to a foreign country in public than you say in public. Bill Clinton
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others. United States Embassy in Egypt
Britain and France had to choose between war and dishonour. They chose dishonour. They will have war. Winston Churchill
It was a hair-trigger affair altogether, but thanks be to God everything has gone off admirably. I was obliged to abandon the plan of trusting the King in a fishing-boat from Trouville. The weather was very stormy; had he attempted to find the steamer, he might have failed, for the sea was in a furious state and the wind ahead. There was also the danger of the fishing-boat being lost, a contingency the very idea of which made me miserable. I therefore abandoned the plan altogether, and after much and careful reflection determined to execute one more within my control, and the boldness of which, though trying to the nerves, was its very essence for success. It was to bring the King and Queen into Havre itself before anybody could suspect such a dangerous intention, and have everything ready for their embarkation to a minute. To carry out the plan, I wanted vigilant, intelligent, and firm agents, and I found them as it turned out. It was known to me that the lower classes suspected it was M. Guizot concealed at Trouville, and as some sinister occurrence might reasonably be expected there, I sent a faithful person into Calvados. It was high time. The mob had assembled at the place where the King was, who had to slip out at the back door and walk two leagues on foot. At length he reached a small cottage belonging to a gardener at Honfleur, where the Queen was. This was half-past six o'clock A.M. yesterday. My agent saw the King and Queen, who, after some conversation, sent him back with this message, that they "would wait where they were until they again heard from me, and would carry out my final arrangements with exactitude, as far as it depended upon them." I now instructed Captain Paul to be ready at half-past seven P.M., when it would be dark, to have his water hot, ready to get up steam; to have only a rope moored to the quay with an anchor astern; to expect me with a party a little before eight P.M., and as soon as I had got on board with my party and told him to push off, he was to let me go on shore, cut his rope and cable, get into the middle of the Basin, up with his steam and jib and push for England. Not a word was to be spoken on board. To get the King here from Honfleur the following method was adopted: M. Bresson, a loyal and intelligent officer in the French Navy and well known to the King, and Mr Jones, my Vice-Consul and principal Clerk, went in the steam ferry-boat a quarter before five P.M. to Honfleur. From the landing-place it is three-quarters of a mile to the place where the King and Queen were concealed. The ferry-boat was to leave Honfleur for Havre a quarter before seven o'clock. I had given M. Bresson a passport for Mr and Mrs Smith, and with this passport the King was to walk to the landing-place, where he was to be met by my Vice-Consul and be governed by him. If the gens d'armes (French Police) disputed his passport Mr Jones was to vouch for its regularity, and say that he was sent by me to conduct Mr Smith to Havre, who was my Uncle. M. Bresson was to follow with the Queen, and the rest of the suite were to come to the ferry-boat one after another, but none of the party were to know each other. The ferry-boat was to arrive in Havre about half-past seven, and I was to do the rest. A white pocket-handkerchief was to be twice exhibited as a signal that all was right so far. The difficulty of the gens d'armes being infinitely more to be provided against and apprehended here, I first confidentially communicated to the greatest gossips in the town that I had seen a written statement from an official person that the King had reached England in a fishing-boat from the neighborhood of Tréport, and then got some persons whom I could rely upon, sons of my tradesmen here who are in the National Guard, to be near the steamer that was to receive the King, to give me their assistance if it should be necessary, on account of the turbulence of the crowd, to embark some friends of mine who were going to England. And if an extraordinary number of gens d'armes were stationed at the steamer, and they hesitated about letting my Uncle go on board, then about one hundred yards off I had two persons who were to pretend a quarrel and a fight, to which I knew the gens d'armes would all go as well as the crowd. In the meantime I hoped that as Captain Paul made no noise with his steam that the crowd would not assemble, and that we might find no gens d'armes. The anxiously expected moment at length arrived. The ferry-boat steamer came to the quay; it was almost dark, but I saw the white pocket-handkerchief. There was a great number of passengers, which favored the debarkation. When half of them were out, the trembling Queen came up the ladder. I took her hand, told her it was me, and M. Bresson walked with her towards our steamer. At last came the King, disguised, his whiskers shaved off, a sort of casquette on his head, and a coarse overcoat, and immense goggles over his eyes. Not being able to see well, he stumbled, when I advanced, took his hand and said, "Ah, dear Uncle, I am delighted to see you." Upon which he answered, "My dear George, I am glad you are here." The English about me now opened the crowd for their Consul, and I moved off to a quiet and shaded part of the quay. But my dear Uncle talked so loud and so much that I had the greatest difficulty to make him keep silence. At length we reached the steamer; it was like a clock-work movement. The crowd was again opened for me. I conducted the King to a state-room below, gave him some information, and having personally ascertained that the Queen was in her cabin, and being very much touched with her tears and her grateful acknowledgments, I respectfully took my leave, gave the Captain the word to cut loose, and scrambled ashore. In twenty minutes the steamer was outside, steaming away for England. I drove down to the jetty, and had that last satisfaction of seeing her beyond all possibility of recall, and then drove home. George William Featherstonhaugh
The dilemma of dining with the devil, of cooperation, interaction, even of the most limited kind with an unelected regime, will always remain a cross on which committed democrats, reformers, radicals and such, in any authoritarian corner of the globe, and especially in Africa, find themselves impaled …. It boils down, ultimately, to one’s personal confidence in determining the length of the spoon with which one dines with the devil and one’s ability to keep a firm hold on it. Wole Soyinka
One can never be certain what is in the mind of the oriental but we must leave the oriental no doubt what is in our mind. Harold Nicolson
As one of the most potent factors to prevent a nation from recognizing a new government is the fear of offending, or the desire to help, the old government, prolonged delay of recognition of the Chinese Republic may mean that the Powers hope, or fear, that the dissolved Manchu Dynasty, with all its corruption, will reappear. But we must see that there is no more dynasty left. Even the Prince Regent and the Dowager Empress have forsaken it. The Emperor himself has retired into private life with satisfaction. In short, the monarchy is dead -absolutely dead. Ching Chun Wang
The one enemy in the world that America has is England. But then, England is the great land of Christian civilization, and it may not be a thing to be much wondered at that our Americans whom we send to represent us in London become in a short time somewhat civilized, and learn to love those who hate them, bless those that curse them, and do good to those that persecute and calumniate them. Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa
We're not trying to start a war; we're trying to send a political message. Robert McNamara
Patched-up diplomatic solutions designed to answer the needs of the moment rarely last, and as they unravel they can actually make things worse. Margaret Thatcher
The old Jew, he is the man. Prince Otto von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
If only I could dine with Stalin once a week, there would be no trouble at all. Winston Churchill
Some things are not best done in public even though the public is asking for a confrontation. John Kerry
The United Kingdom will not take a position on the recognition of the Confederacy until the fortunes of arms or the more peaceful mode of recognition shall have more clearly determined the respective positions of the two belligerents. John Russell
Diplomacy has failed. The sword must now preserve our independence. Martin Jenkins Crawford
Diplomacy takes time. John Kerry
The People of the United States are kindred of the People of Great Britain. With all our distinct national interests, objects, and aspirations, we are conscious that our moral strength is largely derived from that relationship, and we do not deceive ourselves when we suppose that, by constantly cherishing cordial friendship and sympathy with the other branches of the family to which we belong, we impart to them not less strength than we derive from the same connection. Abraham Lincoln
Everything ends this way in France. Weddings, christenings, duels, burials, swindles, affairs of state—everything is a pretext for a good dinner. Jean Anouilh
Every war I have ever covered – Kosovo, Bosnia, Sierra Leone and Liberia – withstood all diplomatic efforts to end it until Western military action finally forced a resolution. Sebastian Junger
Force alone cannot build the world that we seek Barack Obama
CIA has more money: bigger houses than diplomats: bigger salaries: more weapons: more modern equipment Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
There really is something to be said for occasionally putting diplomacy aside and laying one’s cards on the table. There is value in calling evil by its name. Al Gore
You stupid Greeks, I have known your cunning ways for long enough. The late sultan was a lenient and conscientious friend to you. The present sultan Mehmed II is not of the same mind. If Constantinople eludes his bold and impetuous grip, it will only be because God continues to overlook your devious and wicked schemes. You are fools to think that you can frighten us with your fantasies and that when the ink on our recent treaty of peace is barely dry. We are not children without strength or sense. If you think that you can start something, do so. If you want to proclaim Orhan as sultan in Thrace, go ahead. If you want to bring the Hungarians across the Danube, let them come. If you want to recover places that you lost long since, try it. But know this: you will make no headway in any of these things. All that you will do is lose what little you have Chandarly Halil Pasha
When you sit around with a Britisher, he usually gets 80 percent of the deal Franklin D. Roosevelt
When Americans, who are serving in your country at great cost–in terms of lives and treasure–hear themselves compared with occupiers, told that they are only here to advance their own interest, and likened to the brutal enemies of the Afghan people… they are filled with confusion and grow weary of our effort here. At the point your leaders believe that we are doing more harm than good, when we reach a point that we feel our soldiers and civilians are being asked to sacrifice without a just cause, and our generous aid programs dismissed as totally ineffective and the source of all corruption… especially at a time our economy is suffering and our needs are not being met, the American people will ask for our forces to come home. Karl Eikenberry
There is no substitute for direct leader-to-leader engagement. Kevin Rudd
Why don’t you ask us to grant you bases? Muhammad Zia ul-Haq
Her coming here has meant more than anything else President Nixon could have done. Andres Velasco
The Internet drives you to an immediate resolution of symptoms but may make it harder to get to the essence of the problem. It’s easier to know what people are saying, but the question is whether diplomats have time to connect that with its deeper historical context. Henry A. Kissinger
Whom we wish to talk to is as important as what we say. Rudolph W. Giuliani
I’m very outcomes-oriented—what’s the best way to get there? Sometimes it’s being diplomatic and sometimes it’s being harsh…. So you just have to calibrate and figure out what is the end state you’re trying to get to…. It depends on what you are trying to achieve. Hillary Clinton
When the Department does respond to telegrams it is invariably to recommend evasion of issues that cannot be evaded. John Kenneth Galbraith
For us, it is alright if the talks succeed, and it is alright if they fail. Zhou Enlai
… we have learned to live securely, in peace and mutual prosperity among our Asian and Pacific neighbors. We will not be cut off from our British and European cultures and traditions or from those economies. On the contrary, the more engaged we are economically and politically with the region around us, the more value and relevance we bring to those old relationships. Far from putting our identity at risk, our relationships with the region will energize it. Paul Keating
Diplomacy is tough, slogging, slow work—and hard work. John Kerry
Non-recognition of the Soviet Government indicates no lack of sympathy for Russia, nor of appreciation of the fine qualities of the Russian people …. We earnestly hope for a reborn democratic Russia to which we can lend assistance without stint. Theodore E. Burton
I make a supreme appeal for the diplomatic intervention of Your Majesty’s government to safeguard the integrity of Belgium. Albert I
… sooner or later the Armenian-Turkish relations will be normalized since closed borders between States is a non-sense in the 21st century, and rulers can find themselves in an unenviable position if they fail to keep up with the global developments. Tigran Sargsyan
We will be no worse if we try diplomacy and fail. R. Nicholas Burns
The origins of the two republics are so much alike that the history of one seems but a transcript of the other: so that every Dutchman instructed in the subject must pronounce the American Revolution just and necessary … an action which has been approved and applauded by mankind and justified by the decision of Heaven … John Quincy Adams
The sovereign wrongs of one nation are often involved in the sovereign rights of another. What, then, is the use of discussing the redress of these wrongs if every government is irrevocably determined to stand firm by the sovereign rights of the nation behind it? Lawrence Pearsall Jacks
… no foreign Consuls should be allowed to reside in the country [Sudan] without previous consent of the British Government England
Convicted Spy!!! The penalty for all who associate with Auxiliary Cadets, Black and Tans and IRC — IRA Beware Irish Republican Army
The only satisfaction I have is that in spite of the diplomats, I have used my position here to strain the relations between Holland and England to a point past mending. Nothing now keeps Holland neutral except the ship owners who are doing almost the entire commerce of Europe at enormous rates…. But the Dutch people are for us and the war. John Paul Jones
without interfering with the domestic affairs of the Batavian [Dutch] government, the executive Directory owes it …a frank declaration that it will never recognize any government in Holland other than that which is based on the General Will. France
Force may destroy Batavia, we shall never betray her. We are exhausted. Just two precious treasures remain to us for the future: the credit and the morality of her people … That must be the guarantee of the alliance … misery we may support but slavery never. Jan Willem de Winter
All that can be done is to play for time to save the country from further shocks that might destroy it entirely. Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck
If Russia and the United States approach each other in starkly adversarial terms, the conflict will badly warp the foreign policy of both countries ... Robert H. Legvold
Yes, sir, from Constantinople, or from the Brazils; from Turk or Christian; from black or white; from the dey of Algiers or the bey of Tunis; from the devil himself, if he wore a crown, we should receive a minister. Henry Clay
A Barbary Consul had to put up with humiliation, isolation, threats to life and limb and every species of insolence & degradation that a fertile-brained Mohammetan can invent to render the life of a Christian superlatively miserable … one moment menaced with change, the next with death & damnation in a state of constant vigilance, concern & complexity James Leander Cathcart
The emphasis that diplomats of all countries in all capitals accord to entertainment is the result of a conspiracy by which function is found in pleasant social in intercourse and controlled inebriation. John Kenneth Galbraith
Communicating to the President through the State Department would be like making love through the mattress. John Kenneth Galbraith
Conferences at the top level are always courteous. Name calling is left to the foreign ministers. W. Averell Harriman
For Christ sake, why do you make an appointment with a guy that's gonna kiss me? Dwight D. Eisenhower
Making coercive diplomacy work requires a mix of threats and promises—sticks and carrots. Fareed Zakaria
It seems eternally forgotten, that men, in their collective capacity as nations, may be, and often are, guilty of the same follies, faults, and crimes, that they can commit as individuals in the common relations of social life; that they may be just as ill-humored, or resentful, or unreasonable, or ferocious, or wicked; that their good or bad passions enter with them into cabinets, and senates, and public meetings, just as they do into drawing-rooms, or studies, or their family dining-rooms. William Smyth
It may be that at a given moment I, as the only representative of the Diplomatic Corps remaining in Paris, will be obliged in the interests of public safety to take control of the city pending arrival of the German army. I shall do my best to save as many lives as possible and to keep the flag flying…. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your friendship in case I get blown up before I see you again. [Meanwhile,] Here I am. Here I stay. William C. Bullitt
You must find ways to make absolutely sure that such abuse of the Chinese is strictly prohibited and discontinued. Cixi
When the envoys of Western countries come to the foreign office, they no longer behave in a courteous manner; they shout abuse at the drop of a hat. Weng Tonghe
The people of China well over a century have been, in thought and in objective, closer to us Americans than almost any other peoples of the world—the same great ideals. Franklin D. Roosevelt
China, in the last – less than half a century, has become one of the great democracies of the world. Franklin D. Roosevelt
You say that NATO is not directed against us, that it is simply a security structure that is adapting to new realities. Therefore, we propose to join NATO. Mikhail Gorbachev
identity politics constitutes a powerful domestic constraint on foreign policy options. The government would face less of a challenge to implementing a coherent foreign policy if the external Others were on good terms with one another; but if their relationship took a turn for the worse, it would greatly energize domestic identity disputes and in turn tie the hands of the government in handling diplomacy. Hinan Ye
Remembering the numerous proofs of your Majesty's friendship and that of your predecessors, and the friendly attitude of England in 1870, and the proof of friendship she has just given us again, I make a supreme appeal to the diplomatic intervention of your Majesty's Government to safeguard the integrity of Belgium. Diplomatic intervention took place last week on our part. What can diplomatic intervention do now? We have great and vital interests in the independence -- and integrity is the least part -- of Belgium. Albert I
If the CIA did find out what we were doing this would have trickled down to the lower echelon of activists, and Cuban exiles, and the more gung-ho CIA people who had been involved since the Bay of Pigs….I can understand why they would have reacted so violently. This was the end of their dreams of returning to Cuba, and they might have been impelled to take violent action. Such as assassinating the President. William Hollingsworth Attwood
We have normal relations with lots of countries whose leadership we do not like.. Carl Levin
Officials are being appointed by us to conduct foreign affairs. Mutsuhito Meiji
I live on civil terms with Mr. Adams but not on intimate ones. Benjamin Franklin
America, a virgin state, should preserve the virgin character. Benjamin Franklin
I wish to see the discovery of a plan that would induce and oblige nations to settle their disputes without cutting one another's throats. Benjamin Franklin
There is … no minister who would not think it safer to act by orders than from his own discretion. Benjamin Franklin
I am old and good for nothing, but as the store-keepers say of their remnants of cloth, I am but a fag end, and you may have me for what you please to give. Benjamin Franklin
Barak Obama is a son of a whore. Rodrigo Duterte
That’s the trick in any negotiation. Getting to yes means getting the other party satisfied that its interest are being met sufficiently…. You both got to get something out of it that your prepared to fight for at home. John Kerry
Who does he think the fucking superpower is? Bill Clinton
lot of the uneasiness among Mexican leaders is because of the unknowns. Well those are to be determined and to be discussed and to be negotiated. At the end of the day, our neighborss aren't going anywhere and neigher are we, and we need to find ways to make it work. Albert C. Zapanta
European Commission President Romano Prodi expressed [the] formula [for Eu-Russian cooperation in Eastern Europe] in 2002. Russia would share with the EU "everything but institutions". In plain terms , this meant that Russia would adopt EU rules and regulations but would not be able to influence their development. Fyodor Lukyanov
the King of France has given us under his own hand very lately, the most unequivocal assurances of his friendship and support, and is at this time exerting his interest and influence at the different courts in Europe to bring our affairs to a happy and speedy conclusion; and I have in my own mind the most perfect confidence in these assurances. We shall suffer much in this campaign; it will be very bloody, but I hope it will be the last. Samuel Johnston
The government of Mexico and the Mexican people do not have to accept provisions that one government unilaterally wants to impose on the other. Luis Videgaray
Don't raise your voice, improve your argument. Desmond Tutu
The way that you get your diplomats listened to in an imperfect world is you make certain you back them up with hard power. The reason I say that is, as much as I’d like to live in a world where people who are out to do others harm would be willing to listen to rational thought, not everyone is. James Mattis
What I learned from clerking for Judge Guido Calabresi and for Justice Steven Breyer was that there is no position, regardless of how wrong you think it is, that does not have some arguments in its favor, and you have to find them. And then, no matter how right your own position is, you must look for the weaknesses in that they are always there. You must be willing to find them and possibly change your approach or your mind on the subject. Jake Sullivan
When a rising power confronts a ruling power, bad things usually happen.... This is what happens when an extablished entity faces an upstart.... To avoid a disasterous clash like war, both parties have to make an adjustment, but the ruling power has to make more painful adjustments. Graham Tillett Allison Jr.
I'm being treated like a criminal by the Polish government. It's just insane. I haven't done anything. What are they accusing me of? Richard Spencer
That’s what this job is all about. Dealing with things you didn’t expect. Barbara Hall
If you don't fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition ultimately. So I think it's a cost-benefit ratio. The more that we put into the State Department's diplomacy, hopefully the less we have to put into a military budget as we deal with the outcome of an apparent American withdrawal from the international scene. James Mattis
The Pope is a son of a bitch. Rodrigo Duterte
You either agree to implement the President’s policies or you resign. My conscience would not allow me to implement the withdrawal from the environmental Paris Accords. David Rank
If the cabinets of foreign courts try to stir up a war of Kings against France, we will stir up for them a war of the peoples against the Kings. Charles Dumouriez
A huge amount of negotiations and diplomacy has nothing to do with bartering or arguing but is just trying to get everyone [doing the negotiating] on the same page. It takes yours, days, even weeks sometimes. Jake Sullivan