Quotes: conversation

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  • Jonathan Swift
    Jonathan Swift
    English writer 1667-1745
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    Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation, as in books it is generally the worst sort of reading.
  • Clive James
    Clive James
    Australian author, poet, translator and memoirist 1939-
    Clive James
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    As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
  • John Donne
    John Donne
    English poet 1572-1632
    John Donne
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    At most, the greatest persons are but great wens, and excrescences; men of wit and delightful conversation, but as morals for ornament, except they be so incorporated into the body of the world that they contribute something to the sustentation of the whole.
  • Abraham H. Maslow
    Abraham H. Maslow
    American psychologist 1908-1970
    Abraham H. Maslow
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    Become aware of internal, subjective, sub-verbal experiences, so that these experiences can be brought into the world of abstraction, of conversation, of naming, etc. with the consequence that it immediately becomes possible for a certain amount of control to be exerted over these hitherto unconscious and uncontrollable processes.
  • Jeremy Collier
    Jeremy Collier
    English theatre critic, non-juror bishop and theologian 1650-1726
    Jeremy Collier
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    Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought - asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.
  • Bo Burnham
    Bo Burnham
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    Comedy should be a source of positivity. I don't want to bully people, and I don't want people to come to my show to feel terrible about something. So I'm actually very open to having a conversation about what I should or shouldn't say.
  • Francois de la Rochefoucauld
    Francois de la Rochefoucauld
    French writer 1613-1680
    Francois de la Rochefoucauld
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    Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
  • Agnes Repplier
    Agnes Repplier
    American writer and social criticus 1858-1950
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    Conversation between Adam and Eve must have been difficult at times because they had nobody to talk about.
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    Roman philosopher, statesman and playwright 5 BC - 65 A.D.
    Seneca
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    Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insinuating and insidious something that elicits secrets just like love or liquor.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for competitors.
  • Herb Shriner
    Herb Shriner
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    Conversation is three women stand on the corner talking. Gossip is when one of them leaves.
  • Anna Jameson
    Anna Jameson
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    Conversation may be compared to a lyre with seven chords - philosophy, art, poetry, love, scandal, and the weather.
  • William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare
    English playwright and poet 1564-1616
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    Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar Wilde
    Irish writer 1854-1900
    Oscar Wilde
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    Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing.
  • André Maurois
    André Maurois
    French writer (ps. of Émile Herzog) 1885-1967
    André Maurois
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    Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know.