Conversation Quotes

Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know. - Andre Maurois

 

We do not talk -- we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests. - Henry Miller

 

Can we talk? - Joan Rivers

 

Not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. - George Sala

 

The techniques of opening conversation are universal. I knew long ago and rediscovered that the best way to attract attention, help, and conversation is to be lost. A man who seeing his mother starving to death on a path kicks her in the stomach to clear the way, will cheerfully devote several hours of his time giving wrong directions to a total stranger who claims to be lost. - John Steinbeck

 

One of the very best rules of conversation is to never, say anything which any of the company wish had been left unsaid. - Jonathan Swift

 

Conversation is an exercise of the mind; gossip is merely an exercise of the tongue. - Source Unknown

 

There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all. - Rebecca West

 

If other people are going to talk, conversation becomes impossible. - James Mcneill Whistler

 

Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine. - Amos Bronson Alcott

 

It is all right to hold a conversation but you should let go of it now and then. - Richard Armour

 

Never hold anyone by the button or the hand in order to be heard out; for if people are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue than them. - Lord Chesterfield

 

Repartee is perfect when it effects its purpose with a double edge. It is the highest order of wit, as it indicates the coolest yet quickest exercise of genius, at a moment when the passions are roused. - Charles Caleb Colton

 

No collection of people who are all waiting for the same thing are capable of holding a natural conversation. Even if the thing they are waiting for is only a taxi. - Ben Elton

 

Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for competitors. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge. - George Herbert

 

And when you stick on conversation's burrs, don't strew your pathway with those dreadful urs. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

Nothing lowers the level on conversation more than raising the voice. - Stanley Horowitz

 

If you ever have to support a flagging conversation, introduce the topic of eating. - Leigh Hunt

 

There is nothing that exasperates people more than a display of superior ability or brilliance in conversation. They seem pleased at the time, but their envy makes them curse the conversationalist in their heart. - Johnson

 

We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore. - Francois De La Rochefoucauld

 

Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It's the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all. How do we define this lively darting about with words, of hitting them back and forth, this sort of brief smile of ideas which should be conversation? - Guy de Maupassant

 

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. - Lady Dorothy Nevill

 

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative. - Oscar Wilde

 

The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilised being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company. - Oscar Wilde

 

Good conversation is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts. - Margaret Lee Runbeck

 

Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought, asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation. - William Butler Yeats

 

Friends, both the imaginary ones you build for yourself out of phrases taken from a living writer, or real ones from college, and relatives, despite all the waste of ceremony and fakery and the fact that out of an hour of conversation you may have only five minutes in which the old entente reappears, are the only real means for foreign ideas to enter your brain. - Nicholson Baker

 

I myself spent nine years in an insane asylum and I never had the obsession of suicide, but I know that each conversation with a psychiatrist, every morning at the time of his visit, made me want to hang myself, realizing that I would not be able to cut his throat. - Antonin Artaud

 

She has lost the art of conversation, but not, unfortunately, the power of speech. - George Bernard Shaw

 

Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood. - William Shakespeare

 

The great secret of succeeding in conversation is to admire little, to hear much; always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends; never to pretend to wit, but to make that of others appear as much as possibly we can; to hearken to what is said and to answer to the purpose. - Benjamin Franklin

 

The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk. - George Santayana

 

No collection of people who are all waiting for the same thing are capable of holding a natural conversation. Even if the thing they are waiting for is only a taxi. - Ben Elton

 

Say nothing good of yourself, you will be distrusted; say nothing bad of yourself, you will be taken at your word. - Joseph Roux

 

Repartee is perfect when it effects its purpose with a double edge. It is the highest order of wit, as it indicates the coolest yet quickest exercise of genius, at a moment when the passions are roused. - Charles Caleb Colton

 

Mediocre people have an answer for everything and are astonished at nothing. They always want to have the air of knowing better than you what you are going to tell them; when, in their turn, they begin to speak, they repeat to you with the greatest confidence, as if dealing with their own property, the things that they have heard you say yourself at some other place. A capable and superior look is the natural accompaniment of this type of character. - Eugène Delacroix

 

I would rather take hellebore than spend a conversation with a good, little man. - Edward Dahlberg

 

Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insinuating and insidious something that elicits secrets just like love or liquor. - Seneca

 

I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull. - William Congreve

 

It's apparent that we can't proceed any further without a name for this institutionalized garrulousness, this psychological patter, this need to catalogue the ego's condition. Let's call it psychobabble, this spirit which now tyrannizes conversation in the seventies. - Richard D Rosen

 

A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech. - E M Cioran

 

There is nothing so dangerous for anyone who has something to hide as conversation! A human being, Hastings, cannot resist the opportunity to reveal himself and express his personality which conversation gives him. Every time he will give himself away. - Agatha Christie

 

Never hold anyone by the button or the hand in order to be heard out; for if people are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue than them. - Lord Chesterfield

 

The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it. - Edward G Bulwer Lytton

 

It is not what we learn in conversation that enriches us. It is the elation that comes of swift contact with tingling currents of thought. - Agnes Repplier

 

Can we talk? - Joan Rivers

The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered but a general effect of pleasing impression. - Samuel Johnson

 

In conversation the game is, to say something new with old words. And you shall observe a man of the people picking his way along, step by step, using every time an old boulder, yet never setting his foot on an old place. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Conceit causes more conversation than wit. - Francois De La Rochefoucauld

 

We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore. - Francois De La Rochefoucauld

 

The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting. - Fran Lebowitz

 

No one will ever shine in conversation, who thinks of saying fine things: to please, one must say many things indifferent, and many very bad. - Francis Lockier

 

Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It's the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all. How do we define this lively darting about with words, of hitting them back and forth, this sort of brief smile of ideas which should be conversation? - Guy de Maupassant

 

Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know. - Andre Maurois

 

We do not talk -- we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests. - Henry Miller

 

With thee conversing I forget all time. - John Milton

 

In my opinion, the most fruitful and natural play of the mind is in conversation. I find it sweeter than any other action in life; and if I were forced to choose, I think I would rather lose my sight than my hearing and voice. The study of books is a drowsy and feeble exercise which does not warm you up. - Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

 

There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees. - Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

 

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

 

I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read. - Samuel Johnson

 

An American cannot converse, but he can discuss, and his talk falls into a dissertation. He speaks to you as if he was addressing a meeting; and if he should chance to become warm in the discussion, he will say ''Gentlemen'' to the person with whom he is conversing. - Alexis De Tocqueville

 

Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory. - Emily Post

 

The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit. - Sir William Temple

 

One of the very best rules of conversation is to never, say anything which any of the company wish had been left unsaid. - Jonathan Swift

 

The techniques of opening conversation are universal. I knew long ago and rediscovered that the best way to attract attention, help, and conversation is to be lost. A man who seeing his mother starving to death on a path kicks her in the stomach to clear the way, will cheerfully devote several hours of his time giving wrong directions to a total stranger who claims to be lost. - John Steinbeck

 

Never talk for half a minute without pausing and giving others a chance to join in. - Sydney Smith

 
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