Quotes 106 till 120 of 148.
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.
English poet 1688-17440
That character in conversation which commonly passes for agreeable, is made up of civility and falsehood.Source: Thoughts (1754)
That is the happiest conversation where there is no competition, no vanity, but a calm quiet interchange of sentiments.Source: bij Boswell
English statesman 1874-19650
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
C. Northcote Parkinson
British naval historian and author 1909-19930
The effectiveness of a telephone conversation is in inverse proportion to the time spent on it.Source: New York Times Magazine Now Parkinsons Telephone Law, 12 April 1964
Sir William Temple
British Diplomat, Essayist 1628-16990
The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit.
Jean de la Bruyère
French writer 1645-16960
The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you.
American statesman and physicist 1706-17900
The great secret of succeeding in conversation is to admire little, to hear much; always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends; never to pretend to wit, but to make that of others appear as much as possibly we can; to hearken to what is said and to answer to the purpose.
The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered but a general effect of pleasing impression.
Irish writer 1854-19000
The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilized being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company.
American novelist and dramatist 1869-19460
The middle-aged stranger whom I met by chance upon the lower rocks at Mary's Neck, that salt-washed promontory of the New England coast, was at first taciturn but became voluble when a little conversation developed the fact that we were both from the Midland country.
Spanish - American philosopher 1863 - 19520
The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk.
French philosopher and mathematician 1596-16500
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with all the finest men of past centuries.
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld
French writer 1613-16800
The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than others are saying.