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Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insinuating and insidious something that elicits secrets just like love or liquor.

Author: Seneca (4 B.C. 65 A.D.)

Profession: Spanish-born Roman Statesman, philosopher

Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor

She has lost the art of conversation, but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.

Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Profession: Irish-born British Dramatist

Never talk for half a minute without pausing and giving others a chance to join in.

Author: Sydney Smith (1771-1845)

Profession: British Writer, Clergyman

The techniques of opening conversation are universal. I knew long ago and rediscovered that the best way to attract attention, help, and conversation is to be lost. A man who seeing his mother starving to death on a path kicks her in the stomach to clear the way, will cheerfully devote several hours of his time giving wrong directions to a total stranger who claims to be lost.

Author: John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

Profession: American Author

One of the very best rules of conversation is to never, say anything which any of the company wish had been left unsaid.

Author: Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Profession: Anglo-Irish Satirist

The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit.

Author: Sir William Temple (1628-1699)

Profession: British Diplomat, Essayist

An American cannot converse, but he can discuss, and his talk falls into a dissertation. He speaks to you as if he was addressing a meeting; and if he should chance to become warm in the discussion, he will say ''Gentlemen'' to the person with whom he is conversing.

Author: Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-1859)

Profession: French Social Philosopher

A good memory and a tongue tied in the middle is a combination which gives immortality to conversation.

Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Profession: American Humorist, Writer

Conversation is an exercise of the mind; gossip is merely an exercise of the tongue.

Author: Source Unknown


There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all.

Author: Rebecca West (1892-1983)

Profession: British Author

If other people are going to talk, conversation becomes impossible.

Author: James Mcneill Whistler (1834-1903)

Profession: American Artist

Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing.

Author: Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)

Profession: British Author, Wit

Talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you, and at the end of your first season you will have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact.

Author: Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)

Profession: British Author, Wit