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An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle. Walter Bagehot
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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
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A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age. Robert Frost
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Consul. 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
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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
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A diplomat these days in nothing, but a head waiter who is allowed to sit down occasionally. Peter Ustinov
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When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce. Sun Tzu
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When a diplomat says yes he means perhaps; when he says perhaps he means no; when he says no he is no diplomat.
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Diplomacy is thinking twice before saying nothing.
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Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains, they drown in every drop. Charles de Gaulle
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A distinguished diplomat could hold his tongue in ten languages.
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new! Diplomats were invented simply to waste time. David Lloyd George
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Once the Xerox copier was invented, diplomacy died. Andrew Young
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