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Louis XIV of FranceI could sooner reconcile all Europe than two women.

—  Louis XIV of France, 1638-1715, King of France (le Roi Soleil)

TalleyrandA diplomat who says “yes” means “maybe", a diplomat who says “maybe" means “no”, and a diplomat who says “no” is no diplomat.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

Winston ChurchillDiplomacy is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Otto von BismarckThe secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.

—  Otto von Bismarck, 1815-1898, German chancellor

Ambrose BierceDiplomacy, n. The patriotic art of lying for one's country.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Charles de GaulleTreaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Will DurantTo say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Joseph StalinIf any foreign minister begins to defend to the death a peace conference, you can be sure his government has already placed its orders for new battleships and airplanes.

—  Joseph Stalin, 1879-1953, Soviet leader

Karl KrausHow is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Robert FrostA diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

David Lloyd GeorgeDiplomats were invented simply to waste time.

—  David Lloyd George, 1863-1945, British Prime Minister [1916-1922]


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