Quotes: conversation

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  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    Oliver Wendell Holmes
    American writer and poet 1809-1894
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    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.
  • Baltasar Gracian
    Baltasar Gracian
    Spanish Jesuit, writer and philosopher 1601-1658
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    Make your friends your teachers and mingle the pleasures of conversation with the advantages of instruction.
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    Robert Louis Stevenson
    Scottish writer and poet 1850-1895
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    Marriage is one long conversation, checkered by disputes.
  • William Wycherley
    William Wycherley
    British drama writer 1640-1716
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    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
    Henry van Dyke
    American Protestant Clergyman and Writer 1852--1933
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    Modest egotism is the salt of conversation.
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel Johnson
    English writer 1709-1784
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    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.
  • Philip Roth
    Philip Roth
    American Novelist 1933-
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    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)
  • Ben Elton
    Ben Elton
    British-Australian comedian, author, playwright, actor and director 1959-
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    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
    Thomas à Kempis
    German theologian 1380-1471
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    No one is qualified to converse in public except those contented to do without such conversation.
  • Francis Lockier
    Francis Lockier
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    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.
  • Brooks Atkinson
    Brooks Atkinson
    American theatre critic 1894-1984
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    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.
  • Charles Dickens
    Charles Dickens
    English writer 1812-1870
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    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.
  • Caroline Knapp
    Caroline Knapp
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    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.'
  • Jonathan Swift
    Jonathan Swift
    English writer 1667-1745
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    One of the very best rules of conversation is to never, say anything which any of the company wish had been left unsaid.