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Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.

Author: Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888)

Profession: American Educator, Social Reformer

It is all right to hold a conversation but you should let go of it now and then.

Author: Richard Armour (1906-1989)

Profession: American Poet

A good conversationalist is not one who remembers what was said, but says what someone wants to remember.

Author: John Mason Brown (1800-1859)

Profession: American Militant Abolitionist

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.

Author: Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696)

Profession: French Classical Writer

The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it.

Author: Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

Profession: British Novelist, Poet

Never hold anyone by the button or the hand in order to be heard out; for if people are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue than them.

Author: Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

Profession: British Statesman, Author

There is nothing so dangerous for anyone who has something to hide as conversation! A human being, Hastings, cannot resist the opportunity to reveal himself and express his personality which conversation gives him. Every time he will give himself away.

Author: Agatha Christie (1891-1976)

Profession: British Mystery Writer

A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech.

Author: E. M. Cioran (1911)

Profession: Rumanian-born French Philosopher

Talk ought always to run obliquely, not nose to nose with no chance of mental escape.

Author: Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925)

Profession: American Editor, Essayist

Repartee is perfect when it effects its purpose with a double edge. It is the highest order of wit, as it indicates the coolest yet quickest exercise of genius, at a moment when the passions are roused.

Author: Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

Profession: British Sportsman Writer

Reply to wit with gravity, and to gravity with wit.

Author: Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

Profession: British Sportsman Writer

I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull.

Author: William Congreve (1670-1729)

Profession: British Dramatist

I would rather take hellebore than spend a conversation with a good, little man.

Author: Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977)

Profession: American Author, Critic

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.

Author: Ben Elton (1959)

Profession: British Author, Performer

In conversation the game is, to say something new with old words. And you shall observe a man of the people picking his way along, step by step, using every time an old boulder, yet never setting his foot on an old place.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist