> Topic Index > C - Topics > Conversation Quotes

Conversation Quotes


These are some of the best 'Conversation' quotations and sayings.

Pages: 1234Next

A ceremony of self-wastage - good talkers are miserable, they know that they have betrayed themselves, that they have taken material which should have a life of its own, to disperse it in noises upon the air.

A long walk and calm conversation are an incredible combination if you want to build a bridge.

A man who listens because he has nothing to say can hardly be a source of inspiration. The only listening that counts is that of the talker who alternately absorbs and expresses ideas.

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month's study of books.

All bitter feelings are avoided, or at least greatly reduced by prompt, face-to-face discussion.

Among well-bred people a mutual deference is affected, contempt of others is disguised; authority concealed; attention given to each in his turn; and an easy stream of conversation maintained without vehemence, without interruption, without eagerness for victory, and without any airs of superiority.

As I got warmed up, and felt perfectly at home in talk, I heard myself boasting, lying, exaggerating. Oh, not deliberately, far from it. It would be unconvivial and dull to stop and arrest the flow of talk, and speak only after carefully considering whether I was telling the truth.

As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so it is of small wits to talk much and say nothing.

Be sincere. Be simple in words, manners and gestures. Amuse as well as instruct. If you can make a man laugh, you can make him think and make him like and believe you.

Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.

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

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

Conversation is the laboratory and workshop of the student.

Conversation opens our views, and gives our faculties a more vigorous play; it puts us upon turning our notions on every side, and holds them up to a light that discovers those latent flaws which would probably have lain concealed in the gloom of unagitated abstraction.

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

Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing.

Conversation warms the mind, enlivens the imagination, and is continually starting fresh game that is immediately pursued and taken, which would never have occurred in the driller intercourse of epistolary correspondence.

For good or ill, your conversation is your advertisement. Every time you open your mouth you let men look into your mind. Do they see it well clothed, neat, businesslike?

Good talk is like good scenery - continuous, yet constantly varying, and full of the charm of novelty and surprise.

Great talkers are trying to fill the gap between themselves and others, but only widen it.


Pages: 1234Next