• Turks, indeed, never yield except by force.  On the diplomatic front, they fear nobody ; they have the art at most very high degree of evasive responses, of dilatory formulas ; he is the expert in the art of feigning, in discusssions. Nobody else knows better to sterilize negociations and gaining time that they need to postpone a solution and to any combinationsproposals that disturb them.
    As this all comes from note of the perceptive Ambassador, and by treading between the lines of his dispatches, we see that he experiences the inanity of diplomatic means when they are supported by a serious and effective sanction.
    Such is the first impression that comes out of reading this large voluminous dossier.

  • Le Livre Jaune et la Question d'Orient, Paris 1897