Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Diplomacy

"Grand and manifold as were its phases, there is yet no difficulty in understanding the character of Washington. He was no Veiled Prophet. He never acted a part. Simple, natural, and unaffected, his life lies before us - a fair and open manuscript. He disdained the arts which wrap power in mystery in order to magnify it. He practiced the profound diplomacy of truthful speech - the consummate tact of direct attention. Looking ever to the All-Wise Disposer of events, he relied on that Providence which helps men by giving them high hearts and hopes to help themselves with the means which their Creator has put at their service. There was no infirmity in his conduct over which charity must fling its veil; no taint of selfishness from which purity averts her gaze; no dark recess of intrigue that must be lit up with colored panegyric; no subterranean passage to be trod in trembling, lest there be stirred the ghost of a buried crime." - John W. Daniel, fully John Warwick Daniel

"Diplomacy and defense are not substitutes for one another. Either alone would fail." - John F. Kennedy, fully John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy

"War as a useful extension of diplomacy is obsolete. No aggressor can hope to come out a winner." - Murray D. Lincoln, fully Murray Danforth Lincoln

"Politics drives diplomacy, not vice versa." - James Baker, fully James Addison Baker, III

"All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means." - Chou En-Lai, also Zhou Enlai

"All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means." - Zhou En-lai, also Chou En Lai

"History offers examples of winning in diplomacy after losing in war." - Yoshida Shigeru

"I know of no diplomacy save that of truth." -

"With the unlocking of the atom, mankind crossed one of the great watersheds of history. We have entered uncharted lands. The maps of strategy and diplomacy by which we guided ourselves until yesterday no longer reveal the way. Fusion and fission revolutionized the entire foundation of human affairs." - Adlai Ewing Stevenson

"With the unlocking of the atom, mankind crossed one of the great watersheds of history. We have entered uncharted lands. The maps of strategy and diplomacy by which we guided ourselves until yesterday no longer reveal the way. Fusion and fission revolutionized the entire foundation of human affairs." -

"With the unlocking of the atom, mankind crossed one of the great watersheds of history. We have entered uncharted lands. The maps of strategy and diplomacy by which we guided ourselves until yesterday no longer reveal the way. Fusion and fission revolutionized the entire foundation of human affairs." -

"Insist on reading the great books, on marking the great events of the world. Then the little books can take care of themselves, and the trivial incidents of passing politics and diplomacy may perish with the using." - Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, known as Dean Stanley

"The heart of the art of diplomacy is to grant graciously what you no longer have the power to withhold." - Edmund Burke

"In a society of sovereign states, an agreement will be maintained only if all partners consider it in their interest. They must have a sense of participation in the result. The art of diplomacy is not to outsmart the other side but to convince it either of common interests or of penalties if an impasse continues." - Henry Kissinger, fully Henry Alfred Kissinger

"The stronger one’s real position, the less one needs to rub in the other side’s discomfiture. It is rarely wise to inflame a setback with an insult. An important aspect of the art of diplomacy consists of doing what is necessary without producing extraneous motives for retaliation, leaving open the option of later cooperation on other issues." - Henry Kissinger, fully Henry Alfred Kissinger

"The blindness of bigotry, the madness of ambition, and the miscalculations of diplomacy seek their victims principally amongst the innocent and the unoffending. The cottage is sure to suffer for every error of the court, the cabinet, or the camp. When error sits in the seat of power and of authority, and is generated in high places, it may; be compared to that torrent which originates indeed in the mountain, but commits its devastation in the vale." - James Bryant Conant

"Diplomacy is the police in grand costume." - Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon I

"This campaign of non-cooperation has no reference to diplomacy, secret or open. The only diplomacy it admits of is the statement and pursuance of truth at any cost." - Mahatma Gandhi, fully Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, aka Bapu

"Divorces in Reno have increased over 105 per cent in the last year. Now, that’s prosperity, for you can’t be broke and get a divorce. That’s why the poor have to live with each other. There is nothing that denotes prosperity quicker than to hear that “so and so and his wife ain’t getting along.”" - Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers

"Tax relief, farm relief, flood relief, dam relief—none of these have been settled, but they are getting them in shape for consideration at the next session of Congress with the hope that those needing relief will perhaps have conveniently died in the meantime." - Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers