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.