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December 31, 2005

My friend of many years keeps finding these things in miscellaneous places, and he shares them with you in hopes they might bring a chuckle. Same thoughts here. That's a good way to start the New Year, so smile if you think it's worth the effort, and have a "Happy New Year."

Henry Kissinger There can't be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.

Definition of a diplomat: A man who can convince his wife that a fur coat will make her look fat.

Benjamin Franklin A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a spoonful of vinegar.

Cordell Hull Never insult an alligator 'till after you have crossed the river.

Will Rogers Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are to finishing it. You take diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.

Will Rogers No matter what we do, we are wrong. If we help a nation, we are wrong; if we don't help 'em, we are wrong. There just ain't any such animal as International Good Will. It just lasts 'till the money we lent 'em runs out.

Frost A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday, but never remembers her age.

The UN was started so everybody would act like friends. Right now they are acting more like relatives.

As some call the UN The Tower of Babble.

Isaac Goldberg (writer) Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest things in the nicest way.

All the other countries tell us the same story: Go home and leave us a loan.

A few more allies and we'll go completely broke.

Frederick Sawyer (politician) A diplomat is a man who thinks twice before saying nothing.

Will Rogers All of Europe wants to be our partners. That's one good thing about European nations. They can't hate you so badly they wouldn't use you.

Harold Macmillan (Engl. prime minister) Diplomacy is forever poised between a cliche and an indiscretion.

Will Rogers Peace is like a beautiful woman it's wonderful, but has been known to bear watching.

Will Rogers Now, there is nothing that makes a nation or an individuals as mad as to have somebody say, "Now, this is really none of my business, but I am just advising you.

If I sleep with a gun under my pillow, I don't want somebody from across the street to "advise" me that I don't need it.

Will Rogers Our Secretary of State Kellogg's peace treaty a lot of people don't seem so enthusiastic about it. I also have a scheme for stopping war. It's this, no nation is allowed to enter a war 'till they have paid for the last one.

Adlai Stevenson A diplomat's life is made up of three ingredients: protocol, Geritol, and alcohol.

Visitor: Where is the capitol of the USA?
Native: Our capital is spread all over the world.

Will Rogers A diplomat is a man that tells you what he don't believe himself, and the man he is telling it to don't believe it any more than he does.