Negotiation in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree.
I do not regard the procuring of peace as a matter in which we should play the role of arbiter between different opinions ... more that of an honest broker who really wants to press the business forward.
Meeting jaw to jaw is better than war.*
To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.*
All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.
Diplomacy is to do and say
The nastiest thing in the nicest way.
Diplomacy in general does not resolve conflicts. Wars end not due to peace processes, but due to one side giving up.
Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it.
A diplomat ... is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist - the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know how much oil one must mix with one's vinegar.
An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.