Diplomacy: The art of saying "nice doggie" until you can find a rock.
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.
Diplomat: A person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
~Caskie Stinett, Out of the Red, 1960
Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.
~Charles de Gaulle
Diplomacy is to do and say
The nastiest thing in the nicest way.
When a diplomat says yes he means perhaps; when he says perhaps he means no; when he says no he is no diplomat.
A diplomat's life is made up of three ingredients: Protocol, Geritol, and alcohol.
~Adlai E. Stevenson
A Foreign Secretary is forever poised between the cliché and the indiscretion.
An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth.
~Henry Wotton, Reliquiæ Wottonianæ
Diplomacy: The business of handling a porcupine without disturbing the quills.
I must acknowledge, once and for all, that the purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis.
~Star Trek, Mr. Spock