Conversation Quotes

Most popular conversation quotes

All conversations are but debates.
Too much agreement kills a chat.
The soul of conversation is sympathy.
Silence is one great art of conversation.


Silence is the safety zone of conversation.


Debate is masculine; conversation is feminine.
Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.


How time flies when you's doin' all the talking.
Sex is a conversation carried out by other means.


To disagree, one doesn't have to be disagreeable.


In conversation and prayer, say less and listen more.
Someone has said that conversation is sex for the soul.
After all, the only proper intoxication is conversation.
Each person's life is lived as a series of conversations.


Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes.


Silence, along with modesty, is a great aid to conversation.

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Question and answer is not a civilized form of conversation.

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In conversation, discretion is more important than eloquence.

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Love and the union of love is impossible without conversation.


No man would listen to you if he didn't know it was his turn next.


Conversation is like a dance, taking turns, following and leading.
Conversation is a verbal exchange of 90% talking and 10% listening.


Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

small talk

In married conversation, as in surgery, the knife must be used with care.


A letter is a soliloquy, but a letter with a postscript is a conversation.


Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of existence.
The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.


Conversation means being able to disagree and still continue the discussion.
One way to prevent conversation from being boring is to say the wrong thing.
The opposite of talking isn't listening.  The opposite of talking is waiting.

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Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.

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It is all right to hold a conversation but you should let go of it now and then.
It's all right to hold a conversation, but you should let go of it now and then.
One evening's conversation with a superior man is better than ten years of study.
— Chinese proverb

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Saying what we think gives a wider range of conversation than saying what we know.

speak your mind

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.


In a good conversation, it is often the most significant that will remain undiscussed.
Conversation is the legs on which thought walks; and writing, the wings by which it flies.

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The first requirement of good conversation is that nobody should know what is coming next.
Subtlety is the art of saying what you think and getting out of range before it is understood.


If you are ever at a loss to support a flagging conversation, introduce the subject of eating.


Ultimately, the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or friendship, is conversation.

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Would it be possible for us to be more attentive to what we say to others and what we don't say?


Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: "I do not know."
She wanted to get away from herself, and conversation was the only means of escape that she knew.
There is no arena in which vanity displays itself under such a variety of forms as in conversation.


The wit of conversation consists more in finding it in others than in showing a great deal yourself.


The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it.
The more the pleasures of the body fade away, the greater to me is the pleasure and charm of conversation.
Ah, good conversation—there's nothing like it, is there?  The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.


Have you ever noticed that most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness?
There is no such thing as conversation.  It is an illusion.  There are intersecting monologues, that is all.
True growth in human consciousness cannot be founded on anything other than the practice of dialogue and love.
The conversational overachiever is someone whose grasp exceeds his reach. This is possible but not attractive.
Our companions please us less from the charms we find in their conversation than from those they find in ours.


Improvisation is the essence of good talk.  Heaven defend us from the talker who doles out things prepared for us!


The perfection of conversational intercourse is when the breeding of high life is animated by the fervor of genius.
People will listen a great deal more patiently while you explain your mistakes than when you explain your successes.


Lettuce is like conversation: it must be fresh and crisp, and so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.
Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation; as it is generally in books the worst sort of reading.


Among the Ibo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.


The best of life is conversation, and the greatest success is confidence, or perfect understanding between sincere people.
In order to have dialogue, you have to know how to lower your defenses, open the doors of your home, and offer human warmth.
The worst part of an eminent man's conversation is, nine times out of ten, to be found in that part which he means to be clever.
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.

holding your tongue

Modest egotism is the salt of conversation; you do not want too much of it, but if it is altogether omitted, everything tastes flat.
Good nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit, and gives a certain expression to the face which is more amiable than beauty.
One is always wrong to open a conversation with the devil, for, however he goes about it, he always insists upon having the last word.
If a wise man's way you wisely seek,
Five things observe with care:
Of whom you speak, to whom you speak,
And how, and when, and where.


Whoever interrupts the conversation of others to make a display of his own fund of knowledge, makes notorious his own stock of ignorance.
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing in a tempting moment.

holding your tongue

Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for his competitors, for it is that which they are practicing every day while they live.
It is not what we learn in conversation that enriches us.  It is the elation that comes of swift contact with the tingling currents of thought.
Parents can plant magic in a child's mind through certain words spoken with some thrilling quality of voice, some uplift of the heart and spirit.

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Conversation is the music of the mind, an intellectual orchestra, where all the instruments should bear a part, but where none should play together.
Wit in conversation is only a readiness of thought and a facility of expression, or (in the midwives' phrase) a quick conception, and an easy delivery.


A gossip is one who talks about others; a bore is one who talks about himself; and a brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself.

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Conversation consists of developing and playing with ideas by juxtaposing the accumulated conclusions of two or more people and then improvising on them.
The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than about what the other is saying.
Conversation is like a dear little baby that is brought in to be handed around.  You must rock it, nurse it, keep it on the move if you want to keep smiling.
Human conversation is the most ancient and easiest way to cultivate the conditions for change—personal change, community and organizational change, planetary change.
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.
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but, far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
Conversation . . . is the art of never appearing a bore, of knowing how to say everything interestingly, to entertain with no matter what, to be charming with nothing at all.
Conversation, n. A fair for the display of the minor mental commodities, each exhibitor being too intent upon the arrangement of his own wares to observe those of his neighbor.
Conversation should be like juggling; up go the balls and the plates, up and over, in and out, good solid objects that glitter in the footlights and fall with a bang if you miss them.

There is a certain
labor-saving notion,
dear to a lazy-minded
that if you can but
keep your mouth in motion,
then every breath you take
is conversation.


The art of conversation, or the qualifications for a good companion, is a certain self-control, which now holds the subject, now lets it go, with a respect for the emergencies of the moment.
Nothing a man writes can please him as profoundly as something he does with his back, shoulders and hands. For writing is an artificial activity. It is a lonely and private substitute for conversation.


My God! The English language is a form of communication!  Conversation isn't just crossfire where you shoot and get shot at!  Where you've got to duck for your life and aim to kill!  Words aren't only bombs and bullets—no, they're little gifts, containing meanings!


No one can become a good conversationalist without tact. It is the sensitive touch that recognizes when a subject has become distasteful, which sees the eagerness of someone else to say something, which notes the slightest cloud of expression crossing another's face.