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  Consul, n. In American politics, a person who having failed to secure an office from the people is given one by the Administration on condition that he leave the country.  
 -  Ambrose Bierce
  

  A distinguished diplomat could hold his tongue in ten languages.  
 -  Anon
  

  Diplomacy: The business of handling a porcupine without disturbing the quills.  
 -  Anon
  

  My advice to any diplomat who wants to have a good press is to have two or three kids and a dog.  
 -  Carl Rowan
  

  A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.  
 -  Caskie Stinnett
  

  Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains, they drown in every drop.  
 -  Charles De Gaulle
  

  Diplomacy, n. is the art of letting somebody else have your way.  
 -  David Frost
  

  Diplomats were invented simply to waste time.  
 -  David Lloyd George
  

  To act with doubleness towards a man whose own conduct was double, was so near an approach to virtue that it deserved to be called by no meaner name than diplomacy.  
 -  George Eliot
  

  Tact is the ability to step on a man's toes without messing up the shine on his shoes.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.  
 -  Henry A. Kissinger
  

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

  One of my goals upon becoming Secretary of State was to take diplomacy out of capitals, out of government offices, into the media, into the streets of countries.  
 -  Hillary Clinton
  

  To act with doubleness towards a man whose own conduct was double, was so near an approach to virtue that it deserved to be called by no meaner name than diplomacy.  
 -  George Eliot
  

  Tact is the ability to step on a man's toes without messing up the shine on his shoes.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.  
 -  Henry A. Kissinger
  

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

  One of my goals upon becoming Secretary of State was to take diplomacy out of capitals, out of government offices, into the media, into the streets of countries.  
 -  Hillary Clinton
  

  Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest things in the nicest way.  
 -  Isaac Goldberg
  

  Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.  
 -  Isaac Newton
  

  American diplmacy is like watching somebody trying to do joinery with a chainsaw.  
 -  James Hamilton-Paterson
  

  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
  

  Sincere diplomacy is no more possible than dry water or wooden iron.  
 -  Joseph Stalin
  

  Diplomacy means the art of nearly deceiving all your friends, but not quite deceiving all your enemies.  
 -  Kofi Busia
  

  The chief distinction of a diplomat is that he can say no in such a way that it sounds like yes.  
 -  Lester Bowles Pearson
  

  As a member of Congress, I'm often reminded that in baseball, as in diplomacy, you have to know when to hit, when to run, and when to show grace.  
 -  Linda Sanchez
  

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

  Conversation, like certain portions of the anatomy, always runs more smoothly when lubricated.  
 -  Marquis de Sade
  

  Progress in the Foreign Service is either vaginal or rectal. You either marry the boss's daughter or you crawl up his backside.  
 -  Nicholas Monsarrat
  

  Diplomacy: Lying in state.  
 -  Oliver Herford
  

  Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.  
 -  Otto von Bismarck
  

  The French are masters of 'the dog ate my homework' school of diplomatic relations.  
 -  P. J. O'Rourke
  

  A nation with a goofy foreign policy needs a very serious policy of defense.  
 -  P. J. O’Rourke
  

  Diplomacy is the velvet glove that cloaks the fist of power.  
 -  Robin Hobb
  

  Diplomacy, of course, is a subtle and nuanced craft, so much so that it's said that when the most wily diplomat of the nineteenth century passed away, other diplomats asked, on reports of his death, 'What do you suppose the old fox meant by that?'  
 -  Ronald Reagan
  

  A diplomat is a person who can be disarming, even if his country isn't.  
 -  Sidney Brody
  

  Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.  
 -  Sir Winston Churchill
  

  The zeal and efficiency of a diplomatic representative is measured by the quality and not by the quantity of information he supplies.  
 -  Sir Winston Churchill
  

  When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.  
 -  Sir Winston Churchill
  

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

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

  Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  A real diplomat is one who can cut his neighbour's throat without having his neighbour notice it.  
 -  Trygve Lie
  

  Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for the directions!!  
 -  Unknown
  

  Diplomacy is the art of sending someone to hell in the way that they are looking forward to it.  
 -  Unknown
  

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

  Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggie' until you can find a rock.  
 -  Will Rogers
  

  Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it.  
 -  Will Rogers
  

  Take the diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.  
 -  Will Smith
  

  Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice Doggie!' till you can find a stick.  
 -  Wynn Catlin
  

  All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.  
 -  Zhou Enlai
  

  A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never her age.  
 -  Zsa Zsa Gabor