Conversation quotes

Talk ought always to run obliquely, not nose to nose with no chance of mental escape.

- Colby, Frank Moore

The art of conversation consist as much in listening politely, as in talking agreeably.

- Atwell

We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information.

- Franklin, Benjamin

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

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.

- Baker, Nicholson

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.

- Christie, Agatha

A good memory and a tongue tied in the middle is a combination which gives immortality to conversation.

- Twain, Mark

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

- Deborah Tannen

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

- Roux, Joseph

Eating without conversation is only stoking.

- Marcelene Cox

What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation.

- France, Anatole

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

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.

- Artaud, Antonin

There are many who talk on from ignorance rather than from knowledge, and who find the former an inexhaustible fund of conversation.

- Hazlitt, William

If you have something to say, then say it. If not, enjoy the silence while it lasts. The noise will return soon enough. In the meantime, you%uFFFDre better off going out into the big, wide world, having some adventures and refilling your well. Trying to create when you don%uFFFDt feel like it is like making conversation for the sake of making conversation.

- Hugh Macleod

Marriage is one long conversation, checkered by disputes.

- Stevenson, Robert Louis

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.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo

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.

- Delacroix, Eugene

You can pick out actors by the glazed look that comes into their eyes when the conversation wanders away from themselves.

- Michael Wilding

To meet at all, one must open ones eyes to another; and there is no true conversation no matter how many words are spoken, unless the eye, unveiled and listening, opens itself to the other.

- West, Jessamyn

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