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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.

Author: Francis Lockier (1668-1740)

Profession: British Prelate, Man of Letters

Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It's the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all. How do we define this lively darting about with words, of hitting them back and forth, this sort of brief smile of ideas which should be conversation?

Author: Guy De Maupassant (1850-1893)

Profession: French Writer

Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know.

Author: Andre Maurois (1885-1967)

Profession: French Writer

We do not talk -- we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

With thee conversing I forget all time.

Author: John Milton (1608-1674)

Profession: British Poet

In my opinion, the most fruitful and natural play of the mind is in conversation. I find it sweeter than any other action in life; and if I were forced to choose, I think I would rather lose my sight than my hearing and voice. The study of books is a drowsy and feeble exercise which does not warm you up.

Author: Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)

Profession: French Philosopher, Essayist

There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.

Author: Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)

Profession: French Philosopher, Essayist

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.

Author: Dorothy Nevill


Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory.

Author: Emily Post (1873-1960)

Profession: American Hostess

It is not what we learn in conversation that enriches us. It is the elation that comes of swift contact with tingling currents of thought.

Author: Agnes Repplier (1858-1950)

Profession: American Author, Social Critic

Can we talk?

Author: Joan Rivers (1933)

Profession: American Comedian, Talk Show Host, Actress

It's apparent that we can't proceed any further without a name for this institutionalized garrulousness, this psychological patter, this need to catalogue the ego's condition. Let's call it psychobabble, this spirit which now tyrannizes conversation in the seventies.

Author: Richard D. Rosen


Say nothing good of yourself, you will be distrusted; say nothing bad of yourself, you will be taken at your word.

Author: Joseph Roux (1834-1905)

Profession: French Priest, Writer

Not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

Author: George Sala


The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk.

Author: George Santayana (1863-1952)

Profession: American Philosopher, Poet