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

Monday, August 16, 2010

Diplomats Daily Quotable- N

 Notes:  Diplomat's write Notes, because they wouldn't have the nerve to tell the same things to each other's face."  -Will Rogers 1949

Nuance:  "Truth and wisdom lie in nuances."         -Ernest Renan, french philosopher and write (author of What is a Nation)

Negotiability:  "What's mine is mine, what's yours is negotiable."        -Attitude attributed to Soviet negotiators. 

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