Up for Negotiation

Sunday, April 7, 2013 – Up for Negotiation

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

Where two principles really do meet which cannot be reconciled with one another, then each man declares the other a fool and a heretic. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein, On Certainty

A fundamentalist can’t bring himself or herself to negotiate with people who disagree with them because the negotiating process itself is an indication of implied equality. ~ Jimmy Carter

Negotiation means getting the best of your opponent. ~ Marvin Gaye

The one sure way to conciliate a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured ~ Konrad Adenauer

The fellow who says he’ll meet you halfway usually thinks he’s standing on the dividing line. ~ Orlando A. Battista

When a man says that he approves something in principal, it means he hasn’t the slightest intention of putting it in practice. ~ Otto Von Bismarck

Grant graciously what you cannot refuse safely and conciliate those you cannot conquer.~ Charles Caleb Colton

Most people I ask little from. I try to give them much, and expect nothing in return and I do very well in the bargain. ~ Francois FeNelon

It is a trick among the dishonest to offer sacrifices that are not needed, or not possible, to avoid making those that are required. ~ Ivan Goncharov

A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed. ~ Eric Hoffer

If you are planning on doing business with someone again, don’t be too tough in the negotiations. If you’re going to skin a cat, don’t keep it as a house cat. ~ Marvin S. Levin

Jaw-jaw is better than war-war. ~ Harold Macmillan

Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts. ~ Nelson Mandela

Never forget the power of silence, that massively disconcerting pause which goes on and on and may at last induce an opponent to babble and backtrack nervously. ~ Lance Morrow

It’s a well-known proposition that you know who’s going to win a negotiation; it’s he who pauses the longest. ~ Robert Court

You must never try to make all the money that’s in a deal. Let the other fellow make some money too, because if you have a reputation for always making all the money, you won’t have many deals. ~ J. Paul Getty

Anger can be an effective negotiating tool, but only as a calculated act, never as a reaction. ~ Mark McCormack

When the final result is expected to be a compromise, it is often prudent to start from an extreme position.    ~ John Maynard Keynes

If you can’t go around it, over it, or through it, you had better negotiate with it. ~ Ashleigh Brilliant

You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone. ~ Al Capone

Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing. ~ Albert Einstein

Here’s the rule for bargains: ”Do other men, for they would do you.” That’s the true business precept. ~ Charles Dickens

It’s just as unpleasant to get more than you bargain for as to get less. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Bargaining is a repulsive habit; compromise is one of the highest human virtues – the difference between the two being that the first is practiced on the Continent, the latter in Great Britain. ~ George Mikes

If you don’t get what you want, it’s a sign either that you did not seriously want it, or that you tried to bargain over the price. ~ Rudyard Kipling

Never cut what you can untie. ~ Joseph Joubert


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