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A good memory and a tongue tied in the middle is a combination which gives immortality to conversation.
~ Mark Twain | (American Humorist and Educator ) | 1835 - 1910 | Conversation
quotes Division : Humorists and Comedians   
     
A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years' study of books.
-: [ Hyperion (1839), Chapter VII. ]
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | ( U.S. poet. ) | 1807-1882 | Conversation
quotes Division : American poets   
     
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.
~ Emil Cioran | (Romanian philosopher and essayist. ) | 1911-1995 | Conversation
quotes Division : Essayists   
     
A wise man once said, "never discuss philosophy or politics in a disco environment."
-: [ Interview with Grace Slick on Rockplace (11 February 1984) ]
~ Frank Zappa | ( American composer and rock musician. ) | 1940-1993 | Conversation
quotes Division : Musicians and Composers   
     
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 | ( French social philosopher. ) | 1805-1889 | Conversation
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
And when you stick on conversation's burs,
Don't strew your pathway with those dreadful urs.

-: [ A Rhymed Lesson, Urania. ]
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes | ( American author and poet. ) | 1809-1894 | Conversation
quotes Division : American poets   
     
But conversation, choose what theme we may,
And chiefly when religion leads the way,
Should flow, like waters after summer show'rs,
Not as if raised by mere mechanic powers.

-: [ Conversation (1782), line 703. ]
~ William Cowper | ( British poet. ) | 1731-1800 | Conversation
quotes Division : British Poets   
     
Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
~ FranA§ois de La Rochefoucauld | ( French writer. ) | 1613-1680 | Conversation
quotes Division : Russian writers   
     
Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insinuating and insidious something that elicits secrets just like love or liquor.
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca | ( Roman philosopher and playwright. ) | 4 BC-65 | Conversation
quotes Division : Ancient Romans   
     
Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for competitors.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson | ( U.S. poet ) | 1803-1882 | Conversation
quotes Division : American poets   
     
Conversation is the laboratory and workshop of the student.
-: [ Society and Solitude, Clubs. ]
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson | ( U.S. poet ) | 1803-1882 | Conversation
quotes Division : American poets   
     
Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.
~ William Shakespeare | ( British poet and playwright. ) | 1564-1616 | Conversation
quotes Division : Playwrights   
     
Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing.
~ Oscar Wilde | ( Irish poet and dramatist. ) | 1854-1900 | Conversation
quotes Division : Dramatists   
     
Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know.
~ André Maurois | (French writer. ) | 1885-1967 | Conversation
quotes Division : French Authors and Writers   
     
Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.
~ Amos Bronson Alcott | (American educator. ) | 1799-1888 | Conversation
quotes Division : Educators   
     
I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.
~ Samuel Johnson | ( British author. ) | 1709-1784 | Conversation
quotes Division : British Authors and Writers   
     
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 | ( U.S. poet ) | 1803-1882 | Conversation
quotes Division : American poets   
     
In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge.
~ George Herbert | ( British poet. ) | 1593-1632 | Conversation
quotes Division : British Poets   
     
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 | ( French philosopher and essayist. ) | 1533-1592 | Conversation
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
Men of great conversational powers almost universally practise a sort of lively sophistry and exaggeration which deceives for the moment both themselves and their auditors.
-: [ Essay, On the Athenian Orators. ]
~ Thomas B. Macaulay | (English politician, essayist and poet. ) | 1800-1859 | Conversation
quotes Division : Essayists   
     
Method is not less requisite in ordinary conversation than in writing, provided a man would talk to make himself understood.
-: [ The Spectator, No. 476. ]
~ Joseph Addison | (English essayist and poet ) | 1672 - 1719 | Conversation
quotes Division : Essayists   
     
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 | (British statesman. ) | 1694-1773 | Conversation
quotes Division : Statesmen and politicians   
     
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 | ( Irish-born English satirist. ) | 1667-1745 | Conversation
quotes Division : Satirists and Cynic   
     
Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen.
-: [ reported in James Boswell, Life of Johnson (1776). ]
~ Samuel Johnson | ( British author. ) | 1709-1784 | Conversation
quotes Division : British Authors and Writers   
     
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 | ( British clergyman ) | 1780-1832 | Conversation
quotes Division : Religious People   
     
Reply to wit with gravity, and to gravity with wit.
~ Charles Caleb Colton | ( British clergyman ) | 1780-1832 | Conversation
quotes Division : Religious People   
     
She has lost the art of conversation, but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.
~ George Bernard Shaw | ( Irish writer. ) | 1856-1950 | Conversation
quotes Division : Irish writers   
     
Talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you, and at the end of your first season you will have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact.
~ Oscar Wilde | ( Irish poet and dramatist. ) | 1854-1900 | Conversation
quotes Division : Dramatists   
     
The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you.
~ Jean de la BruyA¨re | ( French satiric moralist. ) | 1645-1696 | Conversation
quotes Division : Satirists and Cynic   
     
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 | ( American statesman ) | 1706-1790 | Conversation
quotes Division : Statesmen and politicians   
     
The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered but a general effect of pleasing impression.
~ Samuel Johnson | ( British author. ) | 1709-1784 | Conversation
quotes Division : British Authors and Writers   
     
The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk.
~ George Santayana | ( American philosopher and poet. ) | 1863-1952 | Conversation
quotes Division : American Philosophers   
     
The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton | ( British politician, poet and critic. ) | 1803-1873 | Conversation
quotes Division : Critics   
     
There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.
~ Michel Eyquem de Montaigne | ( French philosopher and essayist. ) | 1533-1592 | Conversation
quotes Division : French Philosophers   
     
They would talk of nothing but high life and high-lived company, with other fashionable topics, such as pictures, taste, Shakespeare, and the musical glasses.
-: [ The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), Chapter IX. ]
~ Oliver Goldsmith | ( Irish writer ) | 1728-1774 | Conversation
quotes Division : Irish writers   
     
Things said for conversation are chalk eggs. Don't say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson | ( U.S. poet ) | 1803-1882 | Conversation
quotes Division : American poets   
     
We do not talk -- we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests.
~ Henry Miller | ( American author. ) | 1891-1980 | Conversation
quotes Division : American writers   
     
We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.
~ FranA§ois de La Rochefoucauld | ( French writer. ) | 1613-1680 | Conversation
quotes Division : Russian writers   
     
With thee conversing I forget all time.
~ John Milton | ( English poet. ) | 1608-1674 | Conversation
quotes Division : British Poets   
     
With thee conversing I forget all time: All seasons and their change, all please alike.
-: [ Paradise Lost (1667; 1674), Book IV, line 639. ]
~ John Milton | ( English poet. ) | 1608-1674 | Conversation
quotes Division : British Poets   
     

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