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Things said for conversation are chalk eggs. Don't say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for competitors.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

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.

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

You guys are both saying the same thing. The only reason you're arguing is because you're using different words. Conversation in a dorm room quoted in Language in Thought and Action,

Author: S. I. Hayakawa (1902-1992)

Profession: Canadian Born American Senator, Educator

In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge.

Author: George Herbert (1593-1632)

Profession: British Metaphysical Poet

Saying what we think gives a wider range of conversation than saying what we know.

Author: Cullen Hightower

Profession:

And when you stick on conversation's burrs, don't strew your pathway with those dreadful urs.

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet

Nothing lowers the level on conversation more than raising the voice.

Author: Stanley Horowitz

Profession:

If you ever have to support a flagging conversation, introduce the topic of eating.

Author: Leigh Hunt (1784-1859)

Profession: British Poet, Essayist

There is nothing that exasperates people more than a display of superior ability or brilliance in conversation. They seem pleased at the time, but their envy makes them curse the conversationalist in their heart.

Author: Johnson

Profession:

The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered but a general effect of pleasing impression.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Conceit causes more conversation than wit.

Author: Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Profession: French Classical Writer

We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.

Author: Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Profession: French Classical Writer

The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.

Author: Fran Lebowitz (1951)

Profession: American Journalist