Quotes of Conversation

“ Bore: one who has the power of speech but not the capacity for conversation. ”

- Benjamin Disraeli

“ Talking with you is sort of the conversational equivalent of an out of body experience. ”

- Bill Watterson

“ Saying what we think gives us a wider conversational range than saying what we know. ”

- Cullen Hightower

“ Each person's life is lived as a series of conversations. ”

- Deborah Tannen

“ The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. ”

- Dorothy Nevill

“ Education begins a gentleman, conversation completes him. ”

- Dr. Thomas Fuller

“ Few are agreeable in conversation, because each thinks more of what he intends to say than of what others are saying, and listens no more when he himself has a chance to speak. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation. ”

- George Bernard Shaw

“ There isn’t much better in this life than finding a way to spend a few hours in conversation with people you respect and love. You have to carve this time out of your life because you aren’t really living without it. ”

- Gordon Atkinson

“ Anecdotes and maxims are rich treasures to the man of the world, for he knows how to introduce the former at fit place in conversation. ”

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“ One of the best rules in conversation is, never to say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish had been left unsaid. ”

- Jonathan Swift

“ Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation. ”

- Judith Martin

“ Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn't start a conversation. ”

- Kin Hubbard

“ Spoken words evaporated into the air just as easily as burned letters, but the sound of them seemed immortal. It was as if a word spoken could not be destroyed. ”

- Laura Moncur

“ Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of witnesses. ”

- Margaret Millar

“ The character of a man is known from his conversations. ”

- Menander

“ Conversation is food for the soul. ”

- Mexican Proverb

“ You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. ”

- Plato

“ Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for his competitors, for it is that which all are practising every day while they live. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ I don't know how to have casual conversation. You think you're talking about one thing, and either you are and it's incredibly boring, or you're not because it's subtext and you need a decoder ring. ”

- Sara B. Cooper

“ Your ignorance, cramps my conversation. ”

- Sir Anthony Hawkins

“ He had occasional flashes of silence, that made his conversation perfectly delightful. ”

- Sydney Smith

“ Silence is one of the great arts of conversation, as allowed by Cicero himself, who says, 'there is not only an art, but an eloquence in it.' A well bred woman may easily and effectually promote the most useful and elegant conversation without speaking a word. The modes of speech are scarcely more variable than the modes of silence. ”

- Tom Blair

“ It's always difficult to make conversation with a drunk, and there's no denying it, the sober are at a disadvantage with him. ”

- W. Somerset Maugham

“ Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for his competitors, for it is that which all are practising every day while they live. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ He had occasional flashes of silence, that made his conversation perfectly delightful. ”

- Sydney Smith

“ Your ignorance, cramps my conversation. ”

- Sir Anthony Hawkins

“ Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood. ”

- William Shakespeare
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