Freeing hostages is like putting up a stage set, which you do with the captors, agreeing on each piece as you slowly put it together; then you leave an exit through which both the captor and the captive can walk with sincerity and dignity.
Terry Waite (b. 1939), British religious adviser. Television broadcast, November 3, 1986, ABC-TV.
On his trips to Lebanon as emissary of the Archbishop of Canterbury to negotiate the release of hostages held by terrorists. On January 20, 1987, Waite was himself kidnapped, and was not freed until November 1991.