“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.”
John Kenneth Galbraith
“Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.”
Otto von Bismarck
“Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice doggie" until you can find a rock.”
“The principle of give and take is the principle of diplomacy - give one and take ten”
“The only real diplomacy ever performed by a diplomat is in deceiving their own people after their dumbness has got them into a war.”
“If you can't go around it, over it, or through it, you had better negotiate with it”
“For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible - and no one can now doubt the word of America.”
George W. Bush
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