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“A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.”
“A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.”
“Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it... You take diplomacy out of war, and the thing would fall flat in a week.”
“The only real diplomacy ever performed by a diplomat is in deceiving their own people after their dumbness has got them into a war.”
“Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.”
Charles de Gaulle
“A diplomat is one that says something that is equally misunderstood by both sides, and never clear to either.”
“I do not have diplomatic immunity”
“Negotiation in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree”
“A diplomat who says “yes” means “maybe", a diplomat who says “maybe" means “no”, and a diplomat who says “no” is no diplomat.”
Charles M. de Talleyrand
“Diplomats were invented simply to waste time.”
David Lloyd George
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