God schedules a birthday, not man.
~ Robert A. Bradley
I must acknowledge, once and for all, that the purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis.
When a diplomat says "yes" he means "perhaps"; when he says "perhaps" he means "no"; when he says "no" he is no diplomat.
Diplomacy: The business of handling a porcupine without disturbing the quills.
A diplomat's life is made up of three ingredients: Protocol, Geritol, and alcohol.
Adlai E. Stevenson
An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth.
A Foreign Secretary is forever poised between the cliche and the indiscretion.
Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way.
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
Diplomacy: The art of saying "nice doggie" until you can find a rock.
Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.
Charles de Gaulle
Diplomat: A person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest thing in the nicest way.