Best Quotes About Negotiation

If I should ever be captured, I want no negotiation – and if I should request a negotiation from captivity they should consider that a sign of duress. -Henry Kissinger

During a negotiation, it would be wise not to take anything personally. If you leave personalities out of it, you will be able to see opportunities more objectively. -Brian Koslow

We don't point a pistol at our own forehead. That is not the way to conduct negotiations. -Benjamin Netanyahu

To be deeply committed to negotiations, to be opposed to a particular war or military action, is not only considered unpatriotic, it also casts serious doubt on one's manhood. -Myriam Miedzian

Let us move from the era of confrontation to the era of negotiation. -Richard M. Nixon

This death cult has no reason and is beyond negotiation. This is what makes it so frightening. This is what causes so many to engage in a sort of mental diversion. They don't want to confront this horror. So they rush off in search of more comprehensible things to hate. -David Brooks

Though no one wants war, Congress needed to give the President the authority he needs to protect America while encouraging the use of diplomacy and negotiations to try and arrive at a peaceful solution to this problem. -Allen Boyd

In these negotiations we are not a helpless object, although great world powers are involved. We play an active role and try to influence our destiny; we have our own trump cards and we use them. -Alija Izetbegovic

The real duties of an ambassador are to enter into or follow negotiations between his own government and that of the country to which he is accredited. -David K. E. Bruce

There is no possible negotiation with these killers. Our aim is to win over terrorism. Only by being firm we can stop terrorism. We must be firm fighting the terrorists and opposing the final aims they want to achieve. -Jose Maria Aznar

The most difficult thing in any negotiation, almost, is making sure that you strip it of the emotion and deal with the facts. And there was a considerable challenge to that here and understandably so. -Howard Baker

First of all, I think the Saudis are deeply concerned about the collapse of negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians and the resumption of conflict. -Brent Scowcroft

We ask them to remove the missiles deployed against Taiwan, give up their military threat, and instead let us together open the door to cross-Strait peaceful and stable dialogue and negotiations. -Chen Shui-bian

In my opinion, it is not in our interest to have complicated negotiations with a region, and then have to follow it up with 535 negotiations at home. I have experienced recounts, and it is better to vote once. -William M. Daley

We've talked to the Europeans about it. It's clear if those negotiations fail, then we are agreed with the Europeans that the next step is to take the matter to the U.N. Security Council. -Stephen Hadley

You can set up whatever negotiations or structure you want, but until the Palestinians are willing to accept the fact, as the majority of Israelis do, that there should be two states between the Jordan and the Mediterranean, we won't have peace. -Chuck Schumer

More and more couples are having this negotiation or discussion, but I'm still amazed at the number who aren't and where the cultural norm sort of kicks in and they just assume that mom's got to be the one who stays home, not dad. -James Levine

Canada and the United States are also working at the World Trade Organization and in our own hemisphere with negotiations for a Trade Area of the Americas to try to help countries create a positive climate for investment and trade. -Paul Cellucci

Sanctions and negotiations can be very ineffective, and indeed foolish, unless the people you are talking with and negotiating with and trying to reach agreements with are people who can be trusted to keep their word. -Caspar Weinberger

No one's interested really in knowing what policies or diplomatic initiatives or arms negotiations might have been compromised by me. -Aldrich Ames

By the Declaration of Independence, dreaded by the foes an for a time doubtfully viewed by many of the friends of America, everything stood on a new and more respectable footing, both with regard to the operations of war or negotiations with foreign powers. -Mercy Otis Warren

However, even during the preparations for action, we laid our plans in such a manner that should there be progress through diplomatic negotiation, we would be well prepared to cancel operations at the latest moment that communication technology would have permitted. -Hideki Tojo

Therefore, if one were to consider that there was virtually no possibility of success through the US-Japan negotiations, the military and economic pressures would only force Japan into further crisis if time were allowed to pass in vain. -Hideki Tojo

When we came then to the 1967 negotiations we had the problem of one market between two countries fully under the control of the American companies that owned the facilities on both sides of the border. -Leonard Woodcock

One has to work for years and decades, to conduct negotiations, to stand for positions and points of view, to jointly develop a civilized view on the administrative and state organization of Chechnya. -Akhmad Kadyrov

The developing countries must be able to take a more active part in trade negotiations, through technical assistance and support from the developed countries. -Anna Lindh

Ned made a tremendous rattling, at which Bullet took fright, broke his bridle, and dashed off in grand style; and would have stopped all farther negotiations by going home in disgust, had not a traveller arrested him and brought him back; but Kit did not move. -Augustus Baldwin Longstreet

I enter negotiations with Chairman Arafat, the leader of the PLO, the representative of the Palestinian people, with the purpose to have coexistence between our two entities, Israel as a Jewish state and Palestinian state, entity, next to us, living in peace. -Yitzhak Rabin

The ones who were negotiating are now on the front line of this intifada, because they found that the negotiations didn't give them the minimum of their rights. -Hassan Nasrallah

There is some sign that North Korea is changing recently. There is ongoing successful negotiation to have a military talk to Pyongyang, which has been stopped for seven years. -Kim Dae Jung

War is something Arafat sends others to do for him. That is, the poor souls who believe in him. This pompous incompetent caused the failure of the Camp David negotiations, Clinton's mediation. -Oriana Fallaci

In September, I left the show. We were going through discussions and negotiations, and I had been on the show for about 11 years, and there were some things that I was asking for that I didn't feel were the moon or the stars. -Hunter Tylo

As they say, one thing led to another, and, ultimately, the British and Irish governments asked me to serve as chairman of the peace negotiations, which ironically began six years ago this week. -George J. Mitchell

I think they do have to get it right in Sierra Leone. There has to be something in there now to establish confidence, to stabilize the situation, and then to move to some sort of political negotiations. -Alex Morrison

And for every project, because it takes years, you can see the early drawings and collages as just a simple, vague idea, and through the years and through the negotiations of getting the permit, you see that every detail is now clarified. -Christo

While the United States has largely been missing in action from the diplomatic game, the European Union and Iran have been making progress at developing a formula that would lead to the suspension of Iran's nuclear enrichment program and the start of serious negotiations. -Earl Blumenauer

It is high time that the international community tell Saddam Hussein and his regime that this is not an issue of negotiation with the U.N. about obligations that they undertook in 1991. -Condoleezza Rice

There's no road map on how to raise a family: it's always an enormous negotiation. -Meryl Streep

I believe that the purpose for which I and my fellow soldiers entered upon this war should have been so clearly stated as to have made it impossible to change them, and that, had this been done, the objects which actuated us would now be attainable by negotiation. -Siegfried Sassoon

If you come to a negotiation table saying you have the final truth, that you know nothing but the truth and that is final, you will get nothing. -Harri Holkeri

If women ran the world we wouldn't have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days. -Robin Williams

Regarding the Panama Canal Treaty negotiations, they will find us standing up or dead, but never on our knees; NEVER! -Omar Torrijos Herrera

There has not yet been a major ground offensive battle… There are, we know, negotiations going on between the opposition forces and the Taliban leadership for surrender. -Peter Pace

The way you have bipartisan negotiations, you sit down across the table, as we did with Ted Kennedy, as I've done with many other members, and you say, 'OK, here's what I want, here's what you want. We'll adhere to your principles, but we'll make concessions.' -John McCain

I had the trade minister in China sit down as we were preparing for trade negotiations. He said, 'Please don't let people in the United States lose their confidence because when you lose your confidence, the rest of the world suffers'. -Jon Huntsman, Jr.

The core issue here is that the Israeli government refuses to commit to terms of reference for the negotiations that are based on international law and United Nations resolutions, and that it frantically continues to intensify building of settlements on the territory of the State of Palestine. -Mahmoud Abbas

Many will view the compromises that will be made during your negotiations as painful concessions. But why not view them as peace offerings, ones that will provide in return the priceless gifts of hope, security and freedom for our children and our children's? -Abdullah II of Jordan

With one decision, Judge Sotomayor changed the entire dispute. Her ruling rescued the 1995 baseball season and forced the parties to resume real negotiations. -David Cone

Imagine if, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Gulf Coast residents had to wait on Democrats and Republicans to agree on cuts before receiving clean water or loans to rebuild. Congress' negotiations often come slow or not at all. -Cedric Richmond

I told the President, I told Rahm Emanuel and others in the administration that I thought the policy they took to try to bring about negotiations is counter-productive, because when you give the Palestinians hope that the United States will do its negotiating for them, they are not going to sit down and talk. -Chuck Schumer

The time is right for a political solution and the way is negotiations. -Mohamed ElBaradei

Luckily, my children love broccoli, and although we sometimes enter into UN-like negotiations about how many 'trees' they need to eat before they can partake of ice cream, it is a vegetable that they tend to embrace. -Gwyneth Paltrow

You can only end a negotiation for peace if you begin it. -Benjamin Netanyahu

Everything is negotiable. Whether or not the negotiation is easy is another thing. -Carrie Fisher

Police in China can do whatever they want; after 81 days in arbitrary detention you clearly realise that they don't have to obey their own laws. In a society like this there is no negotiation, no discussion, except to tell you that power can crush you any time they want – not only you, your whole family and all people like you. -Ai Weiwei

Very often when you see families it's all perfect and neat, and parenting isn't like that. You do have constant negotiations. Things are ever developing and ever changing, and you constantly have to evaluate how you deal with your kids. -Clive Owen

I believe it's a real tedious hostage negotiation to have a marriage be what it is. -Brad Garrett

In the long term, Germany didn't need a finance minister who was absent during important negotiations in the European Council. But the chancellor strongly encouraged me to stay. And everything did work out for the best in the end. -Wolfgang Schauble

I think women have a hard time not apologizing their way into negotiations. We tend to back in to these conversations in a self-deprecating and ultimately self-defeating way. -Mika Brzezinski

World War I was not inevitable, as many historians say. It could have been avoided, and it was a diplomatically botched negotiation. -Richard Holbrooke

The negotiation of city space has been made more difficult with the idea that redevelopment is an improvement for some vague future – but it's never like that, is it? Once you get there, for economic reasons you have to generate the next project – so you're immediately starting to dig up something else, and so it goes on. -Iain Sinclair

When I was a child it was very clear what I was allowed to see and what I was not allowed to see and there was no discussion or option or negotiation. Whatever my mom said, that's what went down. -Yul Vazquez

In Turkey, we have lived almost everything that could be lived; war and torture… The war concept was consumed to its limits. But there is only one way we have not tried: negotiations, peace, and talking. -Osman Baydemir

It seems Palestinians can't win. The language of peace negotiations has always been predicated on a representation that Palestinians are violent and that is why Israel behaves as it does. -Randa Abdel-Fattah

All over the world when you test men and women for facial cue recognition, women test… better. It's a negotiation tool. -Michael Gurian

The first principle of contract negotiations is don't remind them of what you did in the past – tell them what you're going to do in the future. -Stan Musial

If you're a politician, you might want to learn the Buddhist way of negotiation. Restoring communication and bringing back reconciliation is clear and concrete in Buddhism. -Thich Nhat Hanh

The best move you can make in negotiation is to think of an incentive the other person hasn't even thought of – and then meet it. -Eli Broad

If a woman gets tough in negotiations, she's difficult, whereas a man would be considered a brilliant businessman. -Tamara Mellon

All training is negotiation, whether you're training dogs or spouses. -Ian Dunbar

However revolutionary it may be, the Internet still hasn't altered the basic law of human communication: Being nice to your interlocutors is a good way to start any negotiations, particularly, when being hostile is an open invitation for a cyber-fight. -Evgeny Morozov

You have to persuade yourself that you absolutely don't care what happens. If you don't care, you've won. I absolutely promise you, in every serious negotiation, the man or woman who doesn't care is going to win. -Felix Dennis

What is negotiation but the accumulation of small lies leading to advantage? -Felix Dennis

To resolve problems through negotiation is a very childish approach. -Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Know everything about the companies and people you are going to be negotiating with. Insist on getting the names of everyone participating in the negotiations. Leave no stone unturned; find out as much as you can. -Kevin O'Leary

So much of life is a negotiation – so even if you're not in business, you have opportunities to practice all around you. -Kevin O'Leary

Relationships are a constant negotiation and balance. -Claire Danes

Business, numbers, negotiations, all that stuff I wouldn't go near. -Donna Karan

Human beings are born solitary, but everywhere they are in chains – daisy chains – of interactivity. Social actions are makeshift forms, often courageous, sometimes ridiculous, always strange. And in a way, every social action is a negotiation, a compromise between 'his,' 'her' or 'their' wish and yours. -Andy Warhol

I think placing preconditions before negotiations is the quickest way to undermine peace. -Benjamin Netanyahu

You can't end negotiations unless you begin them. And you can't begin them if you continually negotiate about the terms to begin negotiations. -Benjamin Netanyahu

Men and women can absolutely be friends, and that's what we need to be. Part of the problem is that we aren't friends enough. Our relationships are negotiations, and that is not friendship. -Hill Harper

The symbolic significance of individual athletes' achievements has sometimes proved more productive than the negotiations of diplomats or politicians. -Richard Attias

If some people try to make a prenup into a pre-negotiation of a divorce… Well, that's really sad. But I do think that it's important to understand what each person has coming into the relationship, and what each person expects from the relationship. They aren't always fun discussions to have, and they can be very eye-opening. -Laura Wasser

Like the marriage contract you entered into, your divorce is a legal transaction. Treat it that way. Try not to let emotion, hurt, fear or anger dictate the circumstances of your discussions or negotiations. -Laura Wasser

A sign that negotiations were handled well on both sides is that everybody probably feels a little bit like they didn't get what they wanted. -Christopher Lloyd

In the early stages of negotiation software, on your smartphone, there may be programs that listen to the pitch of a voice, or that test for stress. You'll just ask the program, 'Was he lying? Was he eager to do business with me?' Maybe the computer will be right sixty per cent of the time. -Tyler Cowen

Social change doesn't happen in the Arab region through dramatic confrontation, beating, or indeed, baring of breasts, but rather through negotiation. -Shereen El Feki

From the U.S. point of view, negotiations are, in effect, a way for Israel to continue its policies of systematically taking over whatever it wants in the West Bank, maintaining the brutal siege on Gaza, separating Gaza from the West Bank and, of course, occupying the Syrian Golan heights, all with full U.S. support. -Noam Chomsky

The western mantra is that Israel seeks negotiations without preconditions, while the Palestinians refuse. The opposite is more accurate. -Noam Chomsky

Those who had demanded no more than an end to the bombing of North Vietnam and a commitment to negotiations saw their demands being realized, and lapsed into silence. -Noam Chomsky

With negotiations, you never know what's going to happen. -Joe Torre

I think each negotiation should be based on what's the best decision – taking everything into account, not taking one thing into account. -Tony La Russa

I started, actually, as an analyst on African affairs, mainly on Al Jazeera. I remember the first few series were about Saudi students, and the negotiations between the government and the Sudanese rebels in the south. And then, slowly, I was speaking about Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and a few other places. -Wadah Khanfar

The Taliban has not, in my judgment, in any significant way changed their fundamental goal and objective, which is to take over Afghanistan and return to running that country. It doesn't mean that we shouldn't have negotiation talks with them. I think we should. But we've got to be clear-eyed about it. -Jack Keane

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has denounced negotiation with Iran as a 'historic mistake' that is making the world 'a more dangerous place.' His partners in Washington vigorously echo that view. -Stephen Kinzer

In 1907, Britain and Russia signed a treaty dividing Iran between them; no Iranian was at the negotiations or even knew they were taking place. -Stephen Kinzer

The first and pivotal negotiations over global access to AIDS drugs began in Geneva in 1991. They lasted two years, but confidential minutes suggest they were doomed the first day. -Barton Gellman

Always go into meetings or negotiations with a positive attitude. Tell yourself you're going to make this the best deal for all parties. -Natalie Massenet

Africans are on the front lines of humanitarian efforts, distributing life-saving aid in dangerous environments. Africans comprise the vast majority of peacekeepers in civil conflict on that continent. Africans for the most part lead peace negotiations for the wars being fought in Africa. -John Prendergast

Faced with the crippling sanctions, Iran could simply decide it is paying too high a cost to pursue its nuclear program and could opt for negotiations and reconciliation with the United States and other members of the international community. This is clearly the preferred option of American leaders. -Richard Engel

When it comes to whaling, Iceland is an international outlaw. Years of global negotiations and declarations have failed utterly to end its illegal slaughter of whales. It's time to send Iceland a message it can't ignore: trade sanctions. -Pierce Brosnan

Interpreting anyone's marriage – a neighbor's, let alone the president's – is extremely difficult. And yet, examining the first couple's relationship – their negotiations of public and private life, of conflicts and compromises – offers hints about Barack Obama the president, not just Barack Obama the husband. -Jodi Kantor

I've grown up a little bit. I understand the importance of the negotiation. It is a collective act. -Thom Mayne

The right course is for the Palestinians and the Israelis to sit down at the table together. The Palestinians need to recognize that the course to the two-state solution is not through the United Nations or through the United States or through anyone else, but through a face to face series of negotiations with the Israelis. -Mitt Romney

I believe in peace-building in any kind of platform, be it a political platform like Parliament or negotiations like peace-building negotiations. -Safak Pavey

There are all sorts of cries that the leaders of the Green Movement should submit themselves to the supreme leader, but that won't take place. Both sides have to be prepared for a serious negotiation. -Abdolkarim Soroush

Other countries around the world make employees and retirees first in the priority. For example, in Mexico, the bankruptcy laws say if a company wants to go bankrupt… obligations to employees and retirees will have a first priority. That has an effect on every negotiation that takes place with every company in Mexico. -Elizabeth Warren

Nixon had been to China. He had been to Russia doing arms negotiation. And so, he was on his way toward what happened in November, which was an electoral win with 49 states. And the sheer unnecessariness of the Watergate break-in is something that must have tormented him and his allies in all of the years that followed. -Thomas Mallon

Why would we start demanding negotiations over sovereignty of the Falklands right now, 30 years since the war, and not 31 years or any other date? -Pepe Eliaschev

Whenever there's negotiations, there's things that you absolutely love, and there's things that you accept. -D'Brickashaw Ferguson

For me, relationship is very important. I can lose money, but I cannot lose a relationship. The test is, at the end of a conversation or a negotiation, both must smile. -Sunil Mittal

One of the things that I am learning is that each generation will have its own negotiations with identity. And one generation can not necessarily help the other generation with it. -Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Iranians and Persians are excellent at the art of negotiation. -Donald Trump

My colleagues and I have gone in the footsteps of our predecessors since the very first day we were called by our people to care for their future. We went any place, we looked for any avenue, we made any effort to bring about negotiations between Israel and its neighbors, negotiations without which peace remains an abstract desire. -Menachem Begin

We are convinced that the only way to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue is through negotiations. -Sergei Lavrov

It's very rare you get a director who's that invested in the actors. So yeah, when 'Little Fish' came around, there wasn't much negotiation! -Martin Henderson

Simple logic dictates that if you cannot even conceive the possibility of leaving a negotiation, then it is preferable never to enter one. -Yanis Varoufakis

Game theorists analyze negotiations as if they were split-a-pie games involving selfish players. -Yanis Varoufakis

When you ask someone a question and they're slow to respond, don't feel pressure to move the conversation forward. Remaining silent plays to your advantage. Moments of silence make people feel as though they should speak, especially when the ball is in their court. This is a great tool to use in negotiations and other difficult conversations. -Travis Bradberry

Since the start of the Abe administration, we resumed peace treaty negotiations with Russia, which had lapsed during the three years of the Democratic Party of Japan administration. -Shinzo Abe

I am utterly opposed to all equivocation or obscure expressions in our public acts. We are bound to say plainly what we mean to say. If we mean negotiation and compromise, let us say it distinctly and plainly instead of sending to the President a resolution on which he may put whatever interpretation he pleases. -John C. Calhoun

Oftentimes, the best negotiations result in a deal that benefits both parties. There are times when you simply want to go for the jugular, but often, you want the other person to feel pleased with the outcome, even if you are the clear victor. -Ivanka Trump

While hereditary chiefs inhabit the apex of our traditional social systems, it would be a mistake to think they hold all the power. They aren't kings. They aren't dictators. They're answerable to their clans and their matriarchs. All decisions that affect our communities require lengthy, deliberate discussions and careful negotiation. -Eden Robinson

There must be pressure on Moscow so that we have negotiations. Moscow will not succeed by unilaterally backing Bashar al-Assad. -Francois Hollande

Calling into question the Touquet deal on the pretext that Britain has voted for Brexit and will have to start negotiations to leave the union doesn't make sense. -Francois Hollande

Having led many negotiations with countries outside the E.U. in the past, we would never enter the same compromises and reach the same good outcomes with states that don't shoulder the responsibilities and costs of the common market. -Angela Merkel

The Palestinians must be brought to an understanding that Jerusalem will always remain under Israeli sovereignty and that there is no point for them in opening negotiations about Jerusalem. -Yair Lapid

Put an end to talk on dividing Jerusalem. There can be no negotiations about Jerusalem. -Eli Yishai

Any negotiation on the basis of land for peace is a fatal mistake. -Avigdor Lieberman

Assad wanted Israel to capitulate in advance to all his demands. Only then would he agree to enter into substantive negotiations. I couldn't agree to this. -Ehud Barak

As prime minister, I changed Israel's position on peace negotiations. I made it clear that we are ready to go along with Resolution 242 of the U.N. Security Council, which specifies withdrawal to secure and recognized boundaries in the context of peace. -Yitzhak Rabin

I'm a transactional lawyer, which involves a lot of negotiation. If nothing else, that's given me a good eye for human motivation and frequent case studies in peculiar psychological quirks. I think that's served me fairly well as a writer. -Paul S. Kemp

What is happiness other than a negotiation between reality and your dreams? It's understanding that you give up something for something else. I feel like that's been how I've been trying to be happy, although in my DNA there's more of a depressed person. -Mark Ruffalo

The macro of any negotiation is that the only time you can cut a deal is when both sides are hurting. If either side is – is well and feeling happy, you can't get a deal. Then they go for victory. You need – if they're willing to settle for things the other side can live with, it's because they're hurting a little bit. -Dick Morris

Hamas is a terror organization with a covenant that speaks about the elimination of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. They are not partners for negotiations. -Ariel Sharon

As long as there are no negotiations with the Palestinians, Israel is and will continue to be in a difficult situation. -Ehud Olmert

From the end of 2006 until the end of 2008 I think I met with Abu Mazen more often than any Israeli leader has ever met any Arab leader. I met him more than 35 times. They were intense, serious negotiations. -Ehud Olmert

Obviously, having served in wars myself, I'm eager to do everything possible to avoid them, but our military capability vis-a-vis a country like Iran is a major source of leverage in any negotiation that we should never, ever give up. -Evan McMullin

Public confidence in, and support for, the euro – and, indeed, the European Union – will ultimately be determined by how well we deliver on growth and jobs rather than on institutional wrangling and complex legal or technical negotiations. -Enda Kenny

I can't see the film industry coming to a grinding halt any time soon. I think we may be more open to negotiations and things like that, but I think the art world tends to thrive in times of recession. -Naomi Watts

There's always a negotiation that goes on to persuade people we are coming to the subject with an open mind but without surrendering too many pawns. We don't want to misrepresent the fact that we will draw our own conclusions. -Louis Theroux

We must stay focused on the bilateral negotiations between the Palestinians and us. -Reuven Rivlin

The world itself is so full of changes – of negotiations, changes of position, seeing things one way, then another, gauging responses, status changes that can happen in an instant. -Margo Jefferson

I don't want to stop and build protectionism out there, but I certainly don't mind tough negotiation with our trade partners. -Asa Hutchinson

When I went to law school, I had Roger Fisher for Civil Procedure. I never heard anything about negotiations. -Janet Reno

In this world, conversations are negotiations for closeness in which people try to seek and give confirmation and support, and to reach consensus. They try to protect themselves from others' attempts to push them away. -Deborah Tannen

With Iran, we negotiated privately in 2012-2013 from a position of strength, not a position of weakness. The secret negotiations in Oman. This ultimately led to the Joint Plan of Action of November 2013. -Tom Cotton

I have, from time to time, stopped using it for books, when they pissed me off about something – the negotiation with Hachette, for instance. I thought that was outrageous bullying, and I discontinued using Amazon for books. I did use it for socks, but I didn't use it to buy books. -Sonny Mehta

In captivity, one loses every way of acting over little details which satisfy the essentials of life. Everything has to be asked for: permission to go to the toilet, permission to ask a guard something, permission to talk to another hostage – to brush your teeth, use toilet paper, everything is a negotiation. -Ingrid Betancourt

The thing is that war is the opposite of negotiation. It's when you cannot negotiate, when you cannot talk, when you cannot reach agreements that then you have war. -Ingrid Betancourt

In Colombia, women are a huge factor for reconciliation. I have seen many strong women advocating for negotiations. I remember when the paramilitary were active, there were women close to the paramilitary asking for negotiations. -Ingrid Betancourt

I got an agent when I needed one, when I had a contract negotiation for the first time. I was doing the Second City E.T.C., and I got invited to audition for the last season, it turns out, of 'In Living Color.' -Scott Adsit

During the negotiation process, it's common for misconceptions to occur, since both parties assume what the other person is saying or thinking. This can lead to conflicts or disagreements. -John Rampton

Our target is not negotiations, it is the end of the apartheid system. There can be no compromise about that. -Oliver Tambo

We recognize that NAFTA is a three-country agreement, and we need a three-country negotiation. -Chrystia Freeland

Everybody talks about tariffs as the first thing. Tariffs are the last thing. Tariffs are part of the negotiation. The real trick is going to be increase American exports. Get rid of some of the tariff and non-tariff barriers to American exports. -Wilbur Ross

I have this fantasy that in future negotiations over climate change – instead of going into that room and saying, 'I'm defending Chinese interests,' or 'I'm defending Australian interests' – there will also be an identity inside of each of the negotiators thinking, 'I'm also defending human interests.' -David Christian

Conflict is good in a negotiation process… it's the clash of two ideas, which then, all being well, produces a third idea. -Luke Roberts

It is in the U.S. interest to engage Iran in serious negotiations – on both regional security and the nuclear challenge it poses. -Zbigniew Brzezinski

A writer who doesn't need the money gains power and is dangerous in a negotiation. -Don Winslow

Governments started negotiating towards emission reduction in 1990. That's when the official negotiations started. -Naomi Klein

There I was – 20 years old, living in Ireland, and I'd never heard the word 'venture capitalist.' But I'd said that I wanted a job that involved a lot of negotiation, a lot of yelling at people on the phone, and for it to be high-risk, high-reward. -Chris Sacca

The options are war versus peace, and I am delighted that, so far, it appears that peaceful negotiation has won the day. -Valerie Plame

In the cloud, customers don't want a six-month contract negotiation; that concept is absurd when you can implement a cloud-based suite from beginning to end in a month or a few months. -Safra A. Catz

Our Second Amendment rights are not up for negotiation. -Greg Gianforte

As long as a member state is a member state, there are no negotiations bilaterally on any trade agreement with third parties. -Federica Mogherini

When you start to work with someone, there's a negotiation that takes place involving what's going to happen when you have a difference of opinion. Most attempts at collaboration never survive the negotiation. Merely being agreeable is not enough. -Walter Becker

There is no better way to make peace than to talk in each other's home. Avoiding such talks is a denial of the purpose of the negotiations. -Yitzhak Shamir

While seed deals have gotten easy, Series A negotiations still often feel like the death of 1,000 cuts. -Gil Penchina

Sometimes you hear that many politicians vote for a bill in various forms before they vote against it, or vice versa. The conflict, negotiation, and eventual compromise involved in this process form the essence of the democratic process. -Jared Polis

We always saw TPP as something that we want to be part of. In the beginning, we were not part of TPP, neither Canada or Mexico. So when we finally joined the negotiations, to us it was an opportunity. -Luis Videgaray Caso

The challenge in multi-lateral negotiations is not to lose sight of one's over-arching goal in the midst of the cacophony of opinions at the bargaining table. -J. B. Pritzker

I think partly the decline in the peso was due to worry about renegotiation of NAFTA, but I think we also need to think about some other mechanisms for making the peso/dollar exchange rate a bit more stable. -Wilbur Ross

The E.U. is one of our largest trading partners, and any negotiations legally must be conducted at the E.U. level and not with individual nations. -Wilbur Ross

What I really think of myself as is a person who's great at negotiation coaching and consulting. -Christopher Voss

When you expect to get into a negotiation, you expect to be faced by a guy that's going to attack you, a guy or gal that's going to attack or that they're going to try to get the best of you. Two-thirds of us, that makes us very defensive. -Christopher Voss

The most dangerous negotiation is the one you don't know you're in. -Christopher Voss

People typically only believe they're in a negotiation when dollars are involved. And maybe sometimes they're smart enough to see if there's a commodity that you can count being exchanged. And, of course, the commodity that we most commonly exchange is money. -Christopher Voss

In reality, every single negotiation involves another commodity that's far more important to us, which is time – minutes, hours, our investment in time. So even if you're talking about dollars, the commodity of time is always there because there has to be a discussion about how the commodity of dollars is moved. -Christopher Voss

In a job negotiation, the implementation of that deal is your success that also causes the company to succeed. -Christopher Voss

The sweetest two words in any negotiation are actually, 'That's right.' Before you convince them to see what you're trying to accomplish, you have to say the things to them that will get them to say, 'That's right.' -Christopher Voss

The 'that's right' breakthrough usually doesn't come at the beginning of a negotiation. It's invisible to the counterpart when it occurs, and they embrace what you've said. To them, it's a subtle epiphany. -Christopher Voss

The sooner you cut off negotiations with someone you shouldn't be dealing with, it gives you the chance to move on to a more profitable deal. -Christopher Voss

In my years as the FBI's lead international kidnapping negotiator, I learned an important fundamental lesson: Hostage negotiation is often nothing more than a business transaction. -Christopher Voss

Since retiring from the FBI in 2007, I've traveled the world and worked with everyone from CEOs to their managers and everyday workers on how to apply techniques from hundreds of high-stakes, life-or-death negotiations to business negotiations. -Christopher Voss

When it comes to salary negotiation, don't forget that salary is only one term of employment. What else is on the table – vacation time, benefits, bonuses, flex days? Before determining that these terms are 'must-haves' or 'giveaways' to get a bigger salary, find out what the counterpart has to offer. -Christopher Voss

The No. 1 rule in any negotiation is don't take yourself hostage. People do this to themselves all the time by being desperate for 'yes' or afraid of 'no,' so they don't ask for what they really want. Instead, they ask for what they can realistically get. I've heard many people say, 'Well, that's a non-starter, so we won't even bring it up.' -Christopher Voss

The best messages in any given negotiation are really implied indirectly, come to the other person based on thinking that you're getting them to do – getting them to get some really solid thought behind their answers. And so a great thing to send someone in an email is, 'Have you given up on this project?' -Christopher Voss

'Fair' is, like, this incredibly overused term in negotiations: 'I just want what's fair.' 'What's the fair market price?' -Christopher Voss

Successful negotiation is not about getting to 'yes'; it's about mastering 'no' and understanding what the path to an agreement is. -Christopher Voss

Very few negotiations are begun and concluded in the same sitting. It's really rare. In fact, If you sit down and actually complete your negotiation in one sitting, you left stuff on the table. -Christopher Voss

Emotions aren't the obstacles to a successful negotiation; they are the means. -Christopher Voss

The secret to gaining the upper hand in a negotiation is to give the other side the illusion of control. Don't try to force your opponent to admit that you are right. Ask questions, that begin with 'How?' or 'What?' so your opponent uses mental energy to figure out the answer. -Christopher Voss

Salary negotiations are particularly important because people are testing you as both a co-worker and an ambassador. They really don't want you to be a pushover, and they don't want you to be a jerk. -Christopher Voss

Salary negotiations shouldn't be limited to just salary. Salary pays your mortgage, but terms build your career. -Christopher Voss

If your first objective in the negotiation, instead of making your argument, is to hear the other side out, that's the only way you can quiet the voice in the other guy's mind. But most people don't do that. -Christopher Voss

To someone like me, who has watched trade negotiations closely for more than a quarter-century, it is clear that U.S. trade negotiators got most of what they wanted. The problem was with what they wanted. Their agenda was set, behind closed doors, by corporations. -Joseph Stiglitz

The IP standards advanced countries favour typically are designed not to maximise innovation and scientific progress, but to maximise the profits of big pharmaceutical companies and others able to sway trade negotiations. -Joseph Stiglitz

Making movies is all about compromise, negotiation, and sacrifice, but the process helps you distill what's really important to you, and once you have identified what those these things are for any particular sequence, you hold onto them and don't let them go. -Miguel Sapochnik

We now should hope and pray for a peace process. We've had good negotiations with both sides. Those are going to continue; those are going to be a commitment by the president and something that we're going to work hard on. And we all hope, for the sake of Israeli children and Palestinian children, that we do have peace. -Nikki Haley

Without the U.S. leading the way in trade negotiations, we likely will see irreversible damage to our environment and widespread abuse of labor and human rights, all while we lose out on the opportunity to expand our economy and create jobs. -Mike Quigley

China is our largest trading partner in Asia. The normalization of our relations will create major opportunities for Norwegian businesses and for job creation. We also hope to resume negotiations on a free trade agreement with China. -Erna Solberg

Everything is a negotiation. Everything is a little bit of give and take. -Lamman Rucker

The negotiations on the future of the U.K. and the E.U. must be led… in the interest of our citizens. -Miroslav Lajcak

Our trade negotiations should ensure that American workers are protected and that there are mechanisms in place to deal with other countries cheating. -Carlos Beruff

In most negotiations, you can't attribute success or failure in negotiations to one side. -Roberto Azevedo

'Bloodlight and Bami' delivers. Ms. Jones shucks her own oysters – stressfully. She does her own make up and performs her own vexed yet amusing contract negotiations. -Wesley Morris

Whenever you have to figure out things that aren't explicit, like in salary negotiations, you see differences in how women and people of color succeed. -Caroline Ghosn

I will engage in sincere negotiations with the United States and China to find a solution to the THAAD problem. -Moon Jae-in

The Paris Agreement is, in fact, a historic one because it marks the culmination of a phase of very long, drawn-out negotiations involving more than 190 countries. Why is it historic? Because it shows the way for our societies to change from the ground up, to create an economy that only depends on fossil fuels to a very slight degree. -Patricia Espinosa

People don't understand what fighters at the top have to go through. You know what, even half the fighters don't understand what the guys on top are going through. You're being pulled in so many directions. Contract negotiations, business opportunities, people come out of the woodwork, and it all happens when you're so young. -Tito Ortiz

Regardless of what you plan to use it for, the goal should always be to raise money right before you need it. You don't want to get into a situation where you need cash and you're unable to raise it – or you're unable to raise it on favorable terms. As with any negotiation, you want to raise from a position of strength. -Neil Blumenthal

Brussels and its multifarious networks provide member states not just with trading access but also a guarantee of regular encounters, negotiations, contacts, informants, and alliances. -Linda Colley

The first rule of negotiation is to always be willing to walk away from the deal. The first rule of happiness is to not be attached to pleasing moments. -Tara Stiles

The problem with car dealerships is you've already decided what you want to buy before you even go there, and you're really just going there to talk through some annoying negotiation. -Elon Musk

Great negotiations happen when people are relaxed, so a relaxing environment is important. A high-energy environment tenses people up. It closes them up. You're not as likely to get that concession. -Jon Taffer

There is a lot going on with negotiations in the football business, and I appreciate some people think that it's a crazy, absurd amount of money. -Alisson

I think, with a negotiation, you have to go in knowing what you want, knowing what your bottom line is, and knowing what you might accept if you're absolutely pushed. -Jacob Rees-Mogg

Dassault could not progress in the negotiations with HAL because if the aircraft were to be produced in India, a guarantee for the product to be produced was to be given. It is a big ticket item, and the IAF would want the guarantee for the jets. HAL was in no position to give the guarantee. -Nirmala Sitharaman

Even during negotiation with HAL, Dassault felt that the cost with which the HAL will produce will be far higher than the aircraft produced in France. That was the reality. -Nirmala Sitharaman

I won't wait for this Joshua-Wilder-Tyson Fury nonsense and become a pawn in their negotiations. -Dillian Whyte

There are two ways to think about the one percent – the Bernie Sanders way, where we're all competing for a zero-sum pie where it's just a question of negotiations. The second way, which is the one I put forward, is no, it's really innovation in a knowledge-based economy. -Edward Conard

I've always been worried about Justin Trudeau's attitude towards trade. We saw during the softwood lumber negotiations that he failed to get an extension while President Obama was still in office. -Andrew Scheer

I don't think that if Justin Trudeau came back from the NAFTA negotiations with a new clause – 'Oh, by the way, there's going to be a new legislature that Americans will send members to that will pass laws that will bind Canada' – I don't believe Canada would ever go for that. -Andrew Scheer

I recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. And I have always recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the independent, fully sovereign Palestinian state that we all want to emerge from negotiations toward a true two-state solution. -Eric Garcetti

If I had done 'Go, New York, Go' for the Spurs, it might not have worked. It really taught me a lot about demographics and tastes and styles. I never went to business school, so that whole experience was my crash course in marketing, contracts, negotiations, and product launches. -Jesse Itzler

If there's no overlap between the interests of the people you sit down with, then the negotiations really can't be driven anywhere. -Sebastian Gorka

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