FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Diplomat's Dictionary Daily Quotables- K

Knowledge: "[An ambassador] must be an indefatigable reader, else he is sure to fail, as a soldier who should be indfferent to physical exercise."  -Bishop Germonius, 1627

Knowledge of foreign nations: "The temper, qualities, and limitations of many a man can be divined on short acquaintance; those of a nation need longer contact."   -J.J. Jusserand, 1924

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