‘These, then, are the qualities of my ideal diplomatist. Truth, accuracy, calm, patience, good temper, modesty and loyalty. They are also the qualities of an ideal diplomacy. But, the reader may object, you have forgotten intelligence, knowledge, discernment, prudence, hospitality, charm, industry, courage and even tact. I have not forgotten them. I have taken them for granted.’
Sir Harold George Nicolson, Diplomacy (1939)
Photo: Bertrand Russell, Harold Nicolson (the chairman) and Lord Samuel at the London Forum, a weekly discussion programme in the BBC General Overseas Service, 1951.