Quotations on Conversation

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True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Friendship, Happiness, Conversation, Enjoyment, First, Self)

My mom has a good way of engaging me in a conversation about the choices I make, listening, being objective and open-minded, and respecting those choices so long as they don't put me in danger.
- Casey Affleck
(Keywords: Mom, Being, Choices, Conversation, Danger, Listening, Open)

His struggle for a bare living left him no time to take advantage of the public evening school. In time he learned to read, to follow a conversation or lecture; but he never learned to write correctly; and his pronunciation remains extremely foreign to this day.
- Mary Antin
(Keywords: Time, Conversation, Day, Evening, Living, Public, School, Struggle)

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.
- Antonin Artaud
(Keywords: Time, Conversation, Obsession, Suicide, Visit, Want, Years)

Every one knows, that the mind will not be kept from contemplating what it loves in the midst of crowds and business. Hence come those frequent absences, so observable in conversation; for whilst the body is confined to present company, the mind is flown to that which it delights in.
- Mary Astell
(Keywords: Business, Body, Company, Conversation, Crowds, Mind, Present, Will)

I listen like mad to any conversation taking place next to me just trying to hear why this is funny. Women's restrooms are especially great. I wash my hands twice waiting for people to come in and start talking.
- Lynda Barry
(Keywords: Funny, Women, People, Conversation, Talking, Trying, Waiting)

Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems.
- John Barton
(Keywords: Poetry, Conversation, Poems, Reading)

There was a sense of all the things that go on on the street, particularly in New York, that you are just completely unaware of, that that conversation could be happening at any time. I loved the instability of the camera. It's just an unstable world.
- Jennifer Beals
(Keywords: Time, Conversation, Sense, World)

A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Keywords: Company, Conversation, Longing, Loquacity)

There's no conversation more boring than talking about what it's really like to live in Newport and how the show compares to the real thing. I just don't care.
- Adam Brody
(Keywords: Care, Conversation, Talking)

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 Bruyere
(Keywords: Cleverness, Company, Conversation, Lies)

Two people in a conversation amount to four people talking. The four are what one person says, what he really wanted to say, what his listener heard, and what he thought he heard.
- William Jennings Bryant
(Keywords: Thought, People, Conversation, Talking)

Body language is a very powerful tool. We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not the words.
- Deborah Bull
(Keywords: Body, Conversation, Language, Speech, Words)

The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it.
- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
(Keywords: Building, Conversation, Man, Observation, Spirit)

It's fun having songs about parties and gigolos, but I really wanted to use my music as a form of art. Art is supposed to spark conversation and make people think, and I wanted to do that with this song.
- Nick Cannon
(Keywords: Art, Music, People, Conversation, Fun, Song, Songs)

Say this for big league baseball - it is beyond any question the greatest conversation piece ever invented in America.
- Bruce Catton
(Keywords: America, Baseball, Conversation, Question)

I consider myself a religious person. God is something very personal with me and I don't flaunt religion in conversation with others.
- Richard Chamberlain
(Keywords: Religion, God, Conversation, Religious)

When I spoke, I was listened to; and I was at a loss to know how I had so easily acquired the art of commanding attention, and giving the tone to the conversation.
- Adelbert von Chamisso
(Keywords: Art, Attention, Conversation, Giving, Loss)

An artist carries on throughout his life a mysterious, uninterrupted conversation with his public.
- Maurice Chevalier
(Keywords: Life, Artist, Conversation, Public)

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
- Winston Churchill
(Keywords: Argument, Conversation, Democracy)

I'm having this conversation with you now. I'm talking, but I'm thinking, feeling, smelling, and moving. Yet I'm concentrating on what you're saying. So that means there's more things going on in the body than just the present thing that the person's got you doing.
- Ornette Coleman
(Keywords: Body, Conversation, Feeling, Now, Present, Saying, Talking, Thinking)

Debate is the death of conversation.
- Kitty O'Neill Collins
(Keywords: Death, Conversation, Debate)

Romance like a ghost escapes touching; it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory.
- George William Curtis
(Keywords: Poetry, Time, Romance, Conversation, Memory, Prose)

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
- Rene Descartes
(Keywords: Books, Conversation, Past, Reading)

This is a time for a national conversation. A conversation about the document that binds us as a nation and a people. That document, of course, is the Constitution.
- Mike DeWine
(Keywords: Time, People, Constitution, Conversation, Nation)

Travel, instead of broadening the mind, often merely lengthens the conversation.
- Elizabeth Drew
(Keywords: Travel, Conversation, Mind)

Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation.
- Elizabeth Drew
(Keywords: Travel, Conversation, Mind)

I just had that conversation this morning with my doctor. I just got back from the hospital a half-hour ago, and nothing will make me happier than to replicate the DNA of my amazing husband. I'm optimistic.
- Karen Duffy
(Keywords: Husband, Conversation, Nothing, Will)

No collection of people who are all waiting for the same thing are capable of holding a natural conversation. Even if the thing they are waiting for is only a taxi.
- Ben Elton
(Keywords: People, Conversation, Waiting)

I tried to use the questions and answers as an armature on which to build a sculpture of genuine conversation.
- Clifton Fadiman
(Keywords: Answers, Conversation, Questions, Sculpture)

People seem to see no difference between an intimate conversation and a conversation at the water cooler.
- Mike Farrell
(Keywords: People, Conversation, Difference, Water)

Well, my closest friends are still the ones that I went to school with, but it's nice to go to work, at the studios, and have people there that you're willing to talk to and have a good conversation with.
- Tom Felton
(Keywords: Work, People, Conversation, Friends, School, Talk)

What I think we need to do to engage the American people in a conversation about entitlement reform is to have a bipartisan group of people who come together and put every solution on the table, every alternative on the table. And then we ought to engage in a long conversation with the American people so they understand the choices.
- Carly Fiorina
(Keywords: People, American, Choices, Conversation, Reform, Solution)

If you're interested in how people behave, if you're interested in the way they talk about themselves, the way the conceive of themselves, it's very hard to ignore drugs nowadays, because that is so much part of the conversation.
- Jonathan Franzen
(Keywords: People, Conversation, Drugs, Talk)

A good quartet is like a good conversation among friends interacting to each other's ideas.
- Stan Getz
(Keywords: Ideas, Conversation, Friends)

As far as playing jazz, no other art form, other than conversation, can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction.
- Stan Getz
(Keywords: Art, Conversation, Jazz, Satisfaction)

Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Genius, Conversation, School, Solitude, Understanding)

After about 20 years of marriage, I'm finally starting to scratch the surface of what women want. And I think the answer lies somewhere between conversation and chocolate.
- Mel Gibson
(Keywords: Women, Marriage, Conversation, Lies, Want, Years)

I've found that if I say what I'm really thinking and feeling, people are more likely to say what they really think and feel. The conversation becomes a real conversation.
- Carol Gilligan
(Keywords: People, Conversation, Feeling, Thinking)

Prior to being allowed to enter the profession, prospective teachers should be asked to talk with a group of friendly students for at least half an hour and be able to engage them in an interesting conversation about any subject the prospective teacher wants to talk about.
- William Glasser
(Keywords: Being, Conversation, Profession, Students, Talk, Teachers)

Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God.
- Billy Graham
(Keywords: God, Conversation, Prayer)

I have not made any suggestions about climate change. This is more about blending or shifting the conversation about the environment versus the economy. It's just such an old, outdated conversation.
- Jennifer Granholm
(Keywords: Change, Climate, Climate change, Conversation, Economy, Environment, Old)

I think there's a natural chemistry between us as friends; and there's really no separation between the rapport that we feel when we're in conversation and when we're playing music, it's one in the same.
- Benny Green
(Keywords: Music, Conversation, Friends, Rapport, Separation)

Why are people saying it's too soon? Like the people on that flight, we need to agree about what to do about terrorism. And I think we need to have that conversation now.
- Paul Greengrass
(Keywords: People, Conversation, Now, Saying, Terrorism)

Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.
- Mark Haddon
(Keywords: Books, Conversation, Reading, Talk)

Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.
- William Hazlitt
(Keywords: Food, Conversation, Wit)

In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge.
- George Herbert
(Keywords: Humor, Knowledge, Conversation, Wit, Worth)

Faculty met, and after the usual business, some conversation was had about certain students being addicted to drinking, and it was reported that a citizen of the village had informed a member of the Faculty that there was a good deal of drinking this term among the students.
- Daniel H. Hill
(Keywords: Business, Being, Conversation, Drinking, Students)

I wish you would read a little poetry sometimes. Your ignorance cramps my conversation.
- Anthony Hope
(Keywords: Poetry, Conversation, Ignorance)

Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
- Kin Hubbard
(Keywords: Change, People, Conversation, Weather)



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