Quotes: conversation

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  • John Erskine
    John Erskine
    American educator and author, pianist and composer 1879-1951
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    Only if we can restrain ourselves is conversation possible. Good talk rises upon much discipline.
    Source: The complete life (1943)
  • Fulke Greville
    Fulke Greville
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    Our companions please us less from the charms we find in their conversation than from those they find in ours.
  • Adam Smith
    Adam Smith
    Scottish Economist 1723-1790
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    People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    Oliver Wendell Holmes
    American writer and poet 1809-1894
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    People who make puns are like wanton boys that put coppers on the railroad tracks. They amuse themselves and other children, but their little trick may upset a freight train of conversation for the sake of a battered witticism.
  • Brad Feld
    Brad Feld
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    Periodically, at the end of a conversation, someone will ask me, 'Is there something I can do for you?' I used to answer with 'Do something that is helpful to something or someone in my world.'
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel Johnson
    English writer 1709-1784
    Samuel Johnson
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    Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen.
  • George William Curtis
    George William Curtis
    American journalist 1824-1892
    George William Curtis
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    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.
  • Bruce Catton
    Bruce Catton
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    Say this for big league baseball - it is beyond any question the greatest conversation piece ever invented in America.
  • Bruce Catton
    Bruce Catton
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    Say this much for big league baseball - it is beyond question the greatest conversation piece ever invented in America.
  • Cullen Hightower
    Cullen Hightower
    American quotation and quip writer 1923-2008
    Cullen Hightower
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    Saying what we think gives a wider range of conversation than saying what we know.
  • Peter Ustinov
    Peter Ustinov
    British actor, writer, director 1921-
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    Sex is a conversation carried out by other means. If you get on well out of bed, half the problems of bed are solved.
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
    George Bernard Shaw
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    She has lost the art of conversation, but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.
  • William Hazlitt
    William Hazlitt
    English writer 1778-1830
    William Hazlitt
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    Silence is one great art of conversation. He is not a fool who knows when to hold his tongue; and a person may gain credit for sense, eloquence, wit, who merely says nothing to lessen the opinion which others have of these qualities in themselves.
  • Marcus Tullius Cicero
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
    Roman statesman and writer 106 BC - 43 BC
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
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    Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel Johnson
    English writer 1709-1784
    Samuel Johnson
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    So different are the colors of life, as we look forward to the future, or backward to the past; and so different the opinions and sentiments which this contrariety of appearance naturally produces, that the conversation of the old and young ends generally with contempt or pity on either side.