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Do not make prayer a monologue -- make it a conversation.


One of the reasons that we find so few persons rational and agreeable in conversation is that there is hardly a person who does not think more of what he wants to say than of his answer to what is said.

- François

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.

- Lockier, Francis

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation, as allowed by Cicero himself, who says, "there is not only an art, but an eloquence in it." A well bred woman may easily and effectually promote the most useful and elegant conversation without speaking a word. The modes of speech are scarcely more variable than the modes of silence.

- Tom Blair

It is hardly surprising that children should enthusiastically start their education at an early age with the Absolute Knowledge of computer science; while they are unable to read, for reading demands making judgments at every line. Conversation is almost dead, and soon so too will be those who knew how to speak.

- Debord, Guy

Writing, when properly managed, (as you may be sure I think mine is) is but a different name for conversation.

- Laurence Sterne

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

- Temple, Sir William

Americans cannot realize how many chances for mental improvement they lose by their inveterate habit of keeping six conversations when there are twelve in the room.

- Ernest Dimnet

The American arrives in Paris with a few French phrases he has culled from a conversational guide or picked up from a friend who owns a beret.

- Allen, Fred A.

Criticism should be a casual conversation.

- Auden, W. H.

An expert gossiper knows how much to leave out of a conversation


The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.

- Rene Descartes

Conversation is the enemy of good wine and food.

- Alfred Hitchcock

When roused by passion, I can sometimes find the right words to say, but in ordinary conversation I can find none, none at all. I find conversation unbearable owing to the very fact that I am obliged to speak.

- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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

- Atwell

The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others.

- William Lyon Phelps

Mistresses are like books; if you pore upon them too much, they doze you and make you unfit for company; but if used discreetly, you are the fitter for conversation by em.

- Wycherley, William

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.

- Colton, Charles Caleb

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

- Colby, Frank Moore

His enemies might have said before that he talked rather too much; but now he has occasional flashes of silence, that make his conversation perfectly delightful.

- Smith, Sydney

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