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Oliver Wendell Holmes
American writer and poet 1809-18940
Little-minded people's thoughts move in such small circles that five minutes conversation gives you an arc long enough to determine their whole curve.
Live in rooms full of light; Avoid heavy food; Be moderate in the drinking of wine; Take massage, baths, exercise, and gymnastics; Fight insomnia with gentle rocking or the sound of running water; Change surroundings and take long journeys; Strictly avoid frightening ideas; Indulge in cheerful conversation and amusements; Listen to music.
Spanish Jesuit, writer and philosopher 1601-16580
Make your friends your teachers and mingle the pleasures of conversation with the advantages of instruction.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Scottish writer and poet 1850-18950
Marriage is one long conversation, checkered by disputes.
British drama writer 1640-17160
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.
Henry van Dyke
American Protestant Clergyman and Writer 1852--19330
Modest egotism is the salt of conversation.
English writer 1709-17840
More knowledge may be gained of a man's real character by a short conversation with one of his servants than from a formal and studied narrative, begun with his pedigree and ended with his funeral.
American Novelist 1933-0
My God! The English language is a form of communication! Conversation isn't just crossfire where you shoot and get shot at! Where you've got to duck for your life and aim to kill! Words aren't only bombs and bullets — no, they're little gifts, containing meanings!Source: Portnoy's Complaint (1969)
British-Australian comedian, author, playwright, actor and director 1959-0
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.
Thomas à Kempis
German theologian 1380-14710
No one is qualified to converse in public except those contented to do without such conversation.
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.
American theatre critic 1894-19840
Nothing a man writes can please him as profoundly as something he does with his back, shoulders and hands. For writing is an artificial activity. It is a lonely and private substitute for conversation.
English writer 1812-18700
Of all bad listeners, the worst and most terrible to encounter is the man who is so fond of listening that he wishes to hear, not only your conversation, but that of every other person in the room.
On the broad spectrum of solitude, I lean toward the extreme end: I work alone, as well as live alone, so I can pass an entire day without uttering so much as a hello to another human being. Sometimes a day's conversation consists of only five words, uttered at the local Starbucks: 'Large coffee with milk, please.'
English writer 1667-17450
One of the very best rules of conversation is to never, say anything which any of the company wish had been left unsaid.