A Quote by Kofi Abrefa Busia on art, diplomacy, enemies, and friendship

Diplomacy means the art of nearly deceiving all your friends, but not quite deceiving all your enemies.

Kofi Abrefa Busia (1913 -)

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A Quote by King Hussein of Jordan on age, business, diplomacy, honor, morality, past, privacy, progress, reputation, and spirituality

The dilemma of our age is the combination of unprecedented material progress and systematic spiritual decline. The decline in public and private morality can be witnessed in the marketplace as well as the forums of international diplomacy. In the past, a man's honor and reputation were his most valuable assets. Business agreements were made with a handshake. Today one might be well advised to check the "bottom line" and read the "small print."

King Hussein (1935 - 1999)

Source: Commencement Forum speech, graduation of his son Prince Feisal, Brown University, May 1985

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A Quote by Jean Anouilh on diplomacy, funerals, good, and wedding

Everything ends this way in France - everything. Weddings, christenings, duels, funerals, swindlings, diplomatic affairs - everything is a pretext for a good dinner.

Jean Anouilh (1910 - 1987)

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A Quote by James R. Newman on dignity, diplomacy, economics, mathematics, purpose, respect, and rumor

Mathematical economics is old enough to be respectable, but not all economists respect it. It has powerful supporters and impressive testimonials, yet many capable economists deny that mathematics, except as a shorthand or expository device, can be applied to economic reasoning. There have even been rumors that mathematics is used in economics (and in other social sciences) either for the deliberate purpose of mystification or to confer dignity upon common places as French was once used in diplomatic communications.

James R. Newman

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New Yorl: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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A Quote by Isaac Goldberg on diplomacy

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

Isaac Goldberg (1887 - 1938)

Source: The Reflex

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A Quote by George Eliot on diplomacy and virtue

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 (1819 - 1880)

Source: Felix Holt, The Radical, ch. 29, 1866.

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A Quote by Franklin Delano Roosevelt on america, conversation, deception, diplomacy, existence, government, hope, nations, peace, planning, presidency, surprises, time, and war

It could be inferred from President Roosevelt's public statements that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had come as a complete surprise to his administration - that it had not been, and could not have been, anticipated. . . . "The United States was at peace with that Nation [Japan] and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American Island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic relations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack. It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace."

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)

Source: Address to the Congress, December 8, 1941

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A Quote by Filbert Bayi on country, diplomacy, politics, and sports

To say that politics is not a part of sports is not being realistic. When I run, I am more than a runner. I am a diplomat, an ambassador for my country.

Filbert Bayi

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A Quote by Edward Verrall Lucas on art, deception, diplomacy, and life

The art of life is to show your hand. There is no diplomacy like candor. You may lose by it now and then, but it will be a loss well gained if you do. Nothing is so boring as having to keep up a deception.

Edward Verrall Lucas (1868 - 1938)

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A Quote by Dean Acheson on agreement, anxiety, assumptions, and diplomacy

Negotiating in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree.

Dean Acheson (1893 - 1971)

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