Long after the words that we utter in the hurry of the moment are buried in oblivion by us they are chrished and brought up against us by the nations we offend.
Unilateralism is not internationalism, It is nationalist egotism gone mad.
The journalist, whose main duty is speed, is likely sometimes to get an advantage over the diplomatist whose main object is accuracy.
If you carry this resolution and follow out its implications...you will send a Foreign Secretary, whoever he may be, naked into the conference chamber...And you call that statesmanship. I call it an emotional spasm.
Aneurin Bevan 1960
No more coals to Newcastle, no more Hoares to Paris.
King George V 1935
Upon Sir Samuel Hoare's resignation over the Hoare/Laval Pact.
A diplomat is somebody who can tell you to go to hell and leave you looking forward to the trip.
Gentlemen, I have spent the night thinking about this Peruvian (peace) initiative and I have to tell you that if it is your decision to accept then you will have to find another Prime Minister.
Margaret Thatcher 05/1982
To the Falklands War Cabinet
I have a habit of comparing the phraseology of communiques . . . noting a certain similarity of words, a certain similarity of optimism . . . and a certain similarity in the lack of practical results during the ensuring years.