A boy looked up from the editorial page of the newspaper he had been reading.

“Dad,” he said, “Tell, me, what exactly is diplomacy?”

“Well, son,” began the father, clearing his throat, “if you were to say to an ugly girl, ‘Your face would stop a clock,’ that would not only be undiplomatic but very unkind as well. However, if you said to that same homely girl, ‘When I look into your eyes, time stands still,’ you’d be saying the same thing, but that, my boy, would be diplomacy!”


From The Best of American Jewish Humor, by Henry D. Spalding

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