When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people.
That is the happiest conversation where there is no competition, no vanity, but a calm quiet interchange of sentiments.
John Wesley's conversation is good, but he is never at leisure. He is always obliged to go at a certain hour. This is very disagreeable to a man who loves to fold his legs and have his talk out as I do.
She had lost the art of conversation, but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.
Too much agreement kills a chat.
You can never hope to become a skilled conversationalist until you learn how to put your foot tactfully through the television set.
Some persons talk simply because they think sound is more manageable than silence.
While the right to talk may be the beginning of freedom, the necessity of listening is what makes the right important.
Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward, and we want to sit in their radius. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.
A ceremony of self-wastage - good talkers are miserable, they know that they have betrayed themselves, that they have taken material which should have a life of its own, to disperse it in noises upon the air.
Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.
Debate is masculine; conversation is feminine.
Never hold any one 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.
Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.
Silence is one great art of conversation.
Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
The less men think; the more they talk.
She just smiled, said that she loved books more than anything, and started telling him excitedly what each of the ones in her lap was about. And Ove realised that he wanted to hear her talking about the things she loved for the rest of his life.
And besides . . . I don’t want to leave you. Er, you guys.” He smiled, and it lit up his whole face. “Well, ‘we’ are certainly happy to hear that. Oh, and I’m also happy to watch our darling little love child dragon while you’re in St. Louis.” I grinned back.
I believe that words are strong, that they can overwhelm what we fear when fear seems more awful than life is good.