Let’s Be Diplomatic!

Diplomacy has been defined as “the art of dealing with people in a sensitive and effective way.”  However, according to my copy of The Cynic’s Dictionary, there are a few other definitions (for diplomacy as well as diplomat) that are sure to bring a smile to your face.

“The patriotic art of lying for one’s country.”  (Ambrose Bierce)

“The art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ till you can find a rock.”  (Wynn Catlin)

“The art of letting someone else have your way.”  (David Frost)

“To do and say the nastiest thing in the nicest way.”  (Isaac Goldberg)

“The art of jumping into troubled waters without making a splash.”  (Art Linkletter)

“A man who always remembers a woman’s birthday, but never her age.”  (Robert Frost)

“A person who thinks twice before saying nothing.”  (Fred Sawyer)

“A fellow that lets you do all the talking while he gets what he wants.”  (Kin Hubbard)

“Someone who tells you to go to hell in a such a way that you think you’d enjoy the trip.”  (Caskie Stinnet)


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