Quotations on Conversation

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I have been further enlightened by the conversation and correspondence of some illustrious Italians, whom I would gladly name, were I not afraid of exposing them to danger.
- Edmond About
(Keywords: Conversation, Danger, Name)

The difficulty with this conversation is that it's very different from most of the ones I've had of late. Which, as I explained, have mostly been with trees.
- Douglas Adams
(Keywords: Conversation, Difficulty, Trees)

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)

Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.
- Amos Bronson Alcott
(Keywords: Conversation, Debate)

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)

It is all right to hold a conversation but you should let go of it now and then.
- Richard Armour
(Keywords: Conversation, Now, Right)

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)

He actually came up to me and we started speaking. And from that conversation we were able to come to a meeting of the minds and it seemed as if it was clear to me that he wanted to do similar things to what I wanted to do.
- Maurice Ashley
(Keywords: Conversation, Meeting)

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)

One of Brando's problems is that he can't have a conversation with anyone.
- Peter Bart
(Keywords: Conversation, Problems)

The voice will guide you-will tell you what to do. In order to do that, you must be quite sensitive with the instrument and accept this daily conversation with your voice.
- Cecilia Bartoli
(Keywords: Conversation, Order, Voice, Will)

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

By definition, gay is smart. I see plenty of macho heterosexual idiots, but nine times out of 10 you can have a great conversation if you find a gay guy.
- Jason Bateman
(Keywords: Conversation, Gay, Idiots)

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)

It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.
- Yogi Berra
(Keywords: Conversation, Talking)

I haven't heard from Bobby since May when we had our conversation, but then this thing broke last week, where they arrested him, and we were watching what was going on on the whole deal, and I was actually flabbergasted, at what the then police chief Parks was saying.
- Tommy Bond
(Keywords: Conversation, May, Police, Saying)

A good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation.
- James Boswell
(Keywords: Conversation, May)

For my own part I think no innocent species of wit or pleasantry should be suppressed: and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation.
- James Boswell
(Keywords: Conversation, May, Wit)

The way I write is that I'll actually have a conversation out loud with myself. In a weird way, I just kind of get schizophrenic and play two characters.
- Zach Braff
(Keywords: Conversation, Play)

Although there exist many thousand subjects for elegant conversation, there are persons who cannot meet a cripple without talking about feet.
- Ernest Bramah
(Keywords: Conversation, Feet, Talking)

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)

Forget all the bars and schmoozing and everybody checking out everybody else. My ideal date would be to park in a dark place, check out the stars, and have a great conversation. When all else fails, you can just make out.
- Brooke Burke
(Keywords: Conversation, Forget, Stars)

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 do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar.
- Miguel de Cervantes
(Keywords: Conversation, Right, Wrong)

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)

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Conversation, Silence)

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.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Conversation, Invention, Silence, Speech)

No one has to learn to spell to talk, right? You see a little kid holding a conversation with an adult. He probably doesn't know the words he's saying, but he knows where to fit them to make what he's thinking logical to what you're saying.
- Ornette Coleman
(Keywords: Conversation, Right, Saying, Talk, Thinking, Words)

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)

Logic and fact keep interfering with the easy flow of conversation.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Conversation, Fact, Logic)

Eating without conversation is only stoking.
- Marcelene Cox
(Keywords: Conversation, Eating)

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)

What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming.
- Edgar Degas
(Keywords: Conversation, Nothing)

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)



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