Top 80 Diplomacy Quotes of 2020

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“The soft power of science has the potential to reshape global diplomacy.”

― Ahmed Zewail

“Diplomacy is really far less important than the stock movements within Russia.”

― Alan Greenspan

“Like Prince von Bismarck in diplomacy, I have no secrets.”

― Albert J. Nock

“Humanitarian missions are little different from any other public enterprise, diplomacy included, which is susceptible of misinterpretation by the public, hence ultimately of failure.”

― Alvin Adams

“In Asia, personal relationships are important, but you cannot personalise diplomacy.”

― Ananda Krishnan

“Once the Xerox copier was invented, diplomacy died.”

― Andrew Young

“Quiet diplomacy is far more effective than public posturing.”

― Atal Bihari Vajpayee

“America must continue diplomacy, even as we continue the war, to expand the coalition of the willing to share the burden of war and to share the responsibility and the economic cost of rebuilding Iraq.”

― Barbara Mikulski

“Diplomacy means all the wicked devices of the Old World, spheres of influence, balances of power, secret treaties, triple alliances, and, during the interim period, appeasement of Fascism.”

― Barbara W. Tuchman

“Talking and diplomacy is often seen as a concession in America, in a way that it is not in other places.”

― Ben Rhodes

“Diplomacy in general does not resolve conflicts. Wars end not due to peace processes, but due to one side giving up.”

― Daniel Pipes

“Back channels themselves are as old as American diplomacy. Thomas Jefferson was an early enthusiast – he often routed around his secretary of state, once sending a secret letter to the American envoy in France, Robert Livingston, that contained a coded message.”

― David E. Sanger

“Diplomacy, n. is the art of letting somebody else have your way.”

― David Frost

“I was a history major at Princeton University; I took exams in war and diplomacy, and I find those things very fascinating.”

― Dean Cain

“Trying to negotiate getting a couple of kids to watch the same TV show requires serious diplomacy.”

― Dee Dee Myers

“Successful diplomacy is an alignment of objectives and means.”

― Dennis Ross

“Force is not inevitable. Diplomacy is still the desired means. Pressure is an element of the means.”

― Dennis Ross

“The world of high-stakes international diplomacy can be rough and tumble, but it’s more often than not a procession of suits and summits, protocol sessions and photo ops.”

― Douglas Brinkley

“I don’t think that anybody should be ruling in or ruling out anything while we are conducting diplomacy.”

― Douglas Feith

“There is no diplomacy like candor.”

― E. V. Lucas

“The Unites States used to use law enforcement to aggressively target North Korea illicit activities – counterfeiting U.S. currency, drug-running, counterfeit cigarettes and pharmaceuticals – until diplomacy gutted those efforts. The effort should be reinvigorated.”

― Ed Royce

“English, once accepted as an international language, is no more secure than French has proved to be as the one and only accepted language of diplomacy or as Latin has proved to be as the international language of science.”

― Edward Sapir

“The anchors of the Arab consensus have long been Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and both are now weakened forces in Arab politics and diplomacy.”

― Elliott Abrams

“A great nation like the United States has many and varied interests, and we need both to do business with tyrants and to engage constantly in multilateral diplomacy.”

― Elliott Abrams

“We must never relent in our efforts to resolve conflicts through diplomacy and through all of the instruments bestowed by the Charter of the United Nations.”

― Felipe VI of Spain

“For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible – and no one can now doubt the word of America.”

― George W. Bush

“’Toughness’ and ‘credibility’ are leitmotifs that run through both Trumpian and Kissingerian deal-making. Both men insist that war and diplomacy are inseparable and that, to be effective, diplomats need to be able to wield threats and offer incentives in equal, unrestricted measure.”

― Greg Grandin

“A constructive approach to diplomacy doesn’t mean relinquishing one’s rights. It means engaging with one’s counterparts, on the basis of equal footing and mutual respect, to address shared concerns and achieve shared objectives.”

― Hassan Rouhani

“Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.”

― Henry Kissinger

“We think it will be shortly afterwards, but it seems a terrible thing to gamble with such big stakes in diplomacy without having your master card in your hand.”

― Henry L. Stimson

“Part of diplomacy is to open different definitions of self-interest.”

― Hillary Clinton

“One of my goals upon becoming Secretary of State was to take diplomacy out of capitals, out of government offices, into the media, into the streets of countries.”

― Hillary Clinton

“There is nothing fast or easy about diplomacy. I have no illusions about that.”

― Hillary Clinton

“To be clear, I abhor the separation wall. It is an eyesore in itself and makes tangible the failed diplomacy and cruel short-sightedness that causes such misery in the region. No Palestinian can see that wall and not wonder if the Israelis mean it to stay there forever, a constant reminder of what they never intend to change.”

― Howard Jacobson

“Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest things in the nicest way.”

― Isaac Goldberg

“Engaging in diplomacy with Iran and putting an end to their nuclear weapons program was the right thing to do.”

― Jan Schakowsky

“It is truly appalling for Senator Mark Kirk to equate the Obama Administration’s diplomacy with Nazi appeasement. As a Jewish-American, I am offended.”

― Jan Schakowsky

“Since most cyberwar is conducted covertly, governments avoid any public acknowledgment of their own abilities and shy away from engaging in any sort of ‘cyber diplomacy.’ Statecraft conducted in secret fails to create public norms for deterrence.”

― Jared Cohen

“When people think of digital diplomacy, they think of government tweeting. It is not what it is. That is public diplomacy.”

― Jared Cohen

“Diplomacy is not an end in itself if it does not advance U.S. interests.”

― John Bolton

“War is failure of diplomacy.”

― John Dingell

“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

“I think if I had to do it over again, I’d do it the same way. I would just put more resources into getting the public diplomacy part much stronger than we were able to.”

― John Poindexter

“Diplomacy is fundamentally working with people, bringing people together to deal with difficult issues.”

― John Roos

“Frankly, most governments are used to lying to each other – to a degree that most people would find shocking. Part of diplomacy is the art of strategic lying.”

― Jonathan Turley

“While we need to provide leadership and stability to the world, we should do that through diplomacy.”

― Kevin de Leon

“Haitian diplomacy will be oriented toward the influx of foreign capital, direct investments that create jobs and stimulate economic growth.”

― Laurent Lamothe

“In the world of diplomacy, some things are better left unsaid.”

― Lincoln Chafee

“Nobody’s ever said that pins are a tool of diplomacy.”

― Madeleine Albright

“There are no military solutions – dialogue and diplomacy are the only guarantee of lasting peace.”

― Martin McGuinness

“Camus believed in dialogue and diplomacy, and enlisted his work as a philosopher to the need to find nonviolent solutions, whereas Sartre called for violent conflicts and justified terror.”

― Michel Onfray

“I’m a career diplomat. I spent 30 years as a diplomat, out of which seven years as foreign minister. I’ve always believed in the United Nations as a centre of multilateralism and multilateral diplomacy.”

― Miroslav Lajcak

“Diplomacy is important, extremely important, and I don’t think these reductions at the State Department are appropriate because many times diplomacy is a lot more effective – and cert cheaper – than military engagement.”

― Mitch McConnell

“For many years, Myanmar’s leadership was largely shut out from the world of international diplomacy.”

― Najib Razak

“In an ideological age, diplomacy may seem weak and prosaic. But sometimes it is all we have.”

― Noah Feldman

“To say that the United States has pursued diplomacy with North Korea is a little bit misleading. It did under the Clinton administration, though neither side completely lived up to their obligations. Clinton didn’t do what was promised, nor did North Korea, but they were making progress.”

― Noam Chomsky

“Iran has little capacity to deploy force. Its strategic doctrines are defensive, designed to deter invasion long enough for diplomacy to set it.”

― Noam Chomsky

“Globalization, far from putting an end to power diplomacy between States, has, on the contrary, intensified it.”

― Omar Bongo

“Pakistan is not a rogue state, but it harbours and covertly supports rogue elements. While war is not the answer, hard or coercive diplomacy could be.”

― P. Chidambaram

“New kinds of heroics need to be celebrated – like love, thoughtfulness, forgiveness, diplomacy – or we’re not going to get there.”

― Patty Jenkins

“Diplomacy is like jazz: endless variations on a theme.”

― Richard Holbrooke

“Diplomacy can and will matter; little is inevitable in international relations.”

― Richard N. Haass

“Paradigm shifts, particularly in diplomacy and security issues, are, by definition, major undertakings.”

― Richard N. Haass

“I believe in diplomacy; I don’t believe in talking to… that talking to Iran somehow constitutes a concession or a favour.”

― Richard N. Haass

“Russia may very well be front and center again in 2020 as they were in 2016 regarding interference in America’s presidential election. But the Trump administration is seeking to use its power of diplomacy to bring other countries into the act as well.”

― Richard Painter

“I know full well how important women are in diplomacy and development. I grew up with seven sisters.”

― Ronan Farrow

“My style in diplomacy is my style as a human being – I’m very direct and very honest.”

― Samantha Power

“As fiscal constraints impinge on defence and diplomacy, governments find themselves increasingly homebound, even if diplomats happily travel to summits.”

― Sanjaya Baru

“All economically well-off nations have used what has been dubbed ‘cheque-book diplomacy,’ and China does so, too. Apart from funding government-to-government lending, China has also been able to create global companies and global brands that have contributed to Chinese soft power.”

― Sanjaya Baru

“When I came to office, in terms of diplomacy and national security, as well as the economy, Japan was in a very severe situation.”

― Shinzo Abe

“I think that war is diplomacy by other means, for sure, and there have been wars that have been fought for righteous reasons. There are wars that have had to be fought, and there will probably continue to be.”

― Stephen Lang

“I believe the military should be wary of diplomacy until war is declared; then the State Department should keep its nose out and let the military do whatever is necessary to win.”

― Stuart Symington

“This president failed so miserably in diplomacy that we are now forced to war.”

― Tom Daschle

“All war represents a failure of diplomacy.”

― Tony Benn

“In the ’80s, we at least had the idea of diplomacy.”

― Ulrich Thomsen

“I believe in much more diplomacy, not less.”

― Valerie Plame

“In my experience, in bringing coercive diplomacy to bear against Slobodan Milosevic, no bomb strike was more important than maintaining NATO’s cohesion.”

― Wesley Clark

“To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.”

― Will Durant

“Take the diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.”

― Will Rogers

“The Chinese are really good at diplomacy – and even at making their interlocutors feel very uncomfortable.”

― Zbigniew Brzezinski
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