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Entry from March 27, 2015
“Diplomacy without force is like an orchestra without instruments”

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikiquote: Talk:Frederick II of Prussia
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Diplomacy without power is like an orchestra without instruments.

Google Books
Victory:
An Island Tale

By Joseph Conrad
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company
1915
Pg. 318:
Yet, when one thinks of it, diplomacy without force in the background is but a rotten reed to lean upon.

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Parliamentary Debates: Official Report, Volume 371
Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons
London: H.M. Stationery Office
1941
Pg. CLXXX:
I recall that Earl Grey, who had similar experience, said, “Diplomacy without force is like an orchestra without instruments.”

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The American Mercury
Volume 77
1953
Pg. 62:
Since diplomacy without arms is an orchestra without instruments, Germany was treated by everyone with neglect and contempt.

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Defence by Committee:
The British Committee of Imperial Defence, 1885-1959

By Franklyn Arthur Johnson
Oxford: Oxford University Press
1960
Pg. 272:
The populace had embraced economy and pacificism, their sons had subscribed to the Oxford motion of refusal to bear arms for King and country, their leaders had forgotten Lord Grey’s admonition that ‘Diplomacy without force is like an orchestra without instruments.’

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Arms, Aims and Aspects
By Joyanto Nath Chaudhuri
Bombay, Manaktalas
1966
Pg. 172:
Fredrick the Great once said, “Diplomacy without weapons is like an orchestra without instruments” and certainly much of the present-day diplomacy is backed by a rather inharmonious set of instruments.

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The Influence of Law on Sea Power
By Daniel Patrick O’Connell
Manchester: Manchester University Press
1975
Pg. 4:
What Lord Grey said is perennially true: ‘Diplomacy without force is like an orchestra without instruments’.

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The U.S. and Us:
Future of an Alliance

By Richard H. Snape
Melbourne: Pacific Security Research Institute
1992
Pg. 37:
Frederick the Great’s well-known axiom, “Diplomacy without arms is an orchestra without instruments,” might have been uttered with Australia in mind.

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A Primer in Power Politics
By Stanley J. Michalak
Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources Inc.
2001
Pg. 135:
While Frederick the Great was right when he said that a diplomacy without force is like a symphony orchestra without instruments, a diplomacy based on force alone will always be inadequate, especially in the age of nuclear weapons.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Friday, March 27, 2015 • Permalink


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