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Diplomacy

Caught this one on a TV show from the 60s: "We must acknowledge, once and for all, that the purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis."

I thought that was pretty good, and it seems particularly apropos in the wake of the rescue of Captain Phillips.

Another favorite is: "The art of diplomacy is the ability to tell someone they are an ass**** in such a way that they agree with you."


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Another definition of diplomacy is "the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they actually look forward to the trip."
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There isn't enough irony in diplomacy. Man can't take it.
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