Quotes About Conversation

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Michel de Montaigne
“The most fruitful and natural exercise for our minds is, in my opinion, conversation.”
Michel de Montaigne, The Essays: A Selection

Truman Capote
“A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That's why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet.”
Truman Capote

Antonin Sertillanges
“Friendship is an obstetric art; it draws out our richest and deepest resources; it unfolds the wings of our dreams and hidden indeterminate thoughts; it serves as a check on our judgements, tries out our new ideas, keeps up our ardor, and inflames our enthusiasm.”
Antonin Sertillanges, The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods

Lisa Kleypas
“A good conversation always involves a certain amount of complaining. I like to bond over mutual hatreds and petty grievances.”
Lisa Kleypas, Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor

Charles Taylor
“We define our identity always in dialogue with, sometimes in struggle against, the things our significant others want to see in us. Even after we outgrow some of these others—our parents, for instance—and they disappear from our lives, the conversation with them continues within us as long as we live.”
Charles Taylor, Multiculturalism:

Shannon L. Alder
“There is nothing more entertaining then leaving someone speechless. Yet, there is nothing sadder than realizing that person was incapable of retaining half of what you said, and will repeat the story all wrong to someone else.”
Shannon L. Alder

Cees Nooteboom
“Conversations consist for the most part of things one does not say.”
Cees Nooteboom

Terry Tempest Williams
“The middle path makes me wary. . . . But in the middle of my life, I am coming to see the middle path as a walk with wisdom where conversations of complexity can be found, that the middle path is the path of movement. . . . In the right and left worlds, the stories are largely set. . . . We become missionaries for a position . . . practitioners of the missionary position. Variety is lost. Diversity is lost. Creativity is lost in our inability to make love with the world.”
Terry Tempest Williams, Leap

Emily Brontë
“It’s no company at all, when people know nothing and say nothing,’ she muttered.”
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Jane Austen
“My idea of good company, Mr. Eliot, is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.”
Jane Austen, Persuasion

Mark Twain
“Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.”
Mark Twain

Simone Elkeles
“You’re not the only one in this relationship who loves a
challenge,” he says. “And just so you know for the future, I like my double-chocolate chip
cookies warm and soft in the middle . . . and without magnets glued to them.”
Simone Elkeles, Rules of Attraction

Megan McCafferty
“High school parties exhausted me because I always felt like I was the only thinking person in a room mostly full of morons obliterating precious IQ points with every gulp of whatever booze they managed to steal out of their parents' liquor cabinets. College parties are exhausting in a diametrically opposite way. They are full of smart, funny people who are all used to being the smartest, funniest person in the room, so they spend the whole party talking over one another, overlapping and overtaking the conversation to prove that they are the smartest, funniest person in the room, if not the entire planet.”
Megan McCafferty, Charmed Thirds

Peter Hessler
“The American appetite for loneliness impressed me, and there was something about this solitude that freed conversation. One night at a bar, I met a man, and within five minutes he explained that he had just been released from prison. Another drinker told me that his wife had passed away, and he had recently suffered a heart attack, and now he hoped that he would die within the year. I learned that there's no reliable small talk in America; at any moment a conversation can become personal.”
Peter Hessler

Stella Gibbons
“Surely she had endured enough for one evening without having to listen to intelligent conversation?”
Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm

Jibanananda Das
“সারাটি রাত্রি তারাটির সাথে তারাটিরই হয় কথা,
আমাদের মুখ সারাটি রাত্রি মাটির বুকের 'পরে!”
Jibanananda Das, জীবনানন্দ দাশের শ্রেষ্ঠ কবিতা

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“In good company there is never such discourse between two, across the table, as takes place when you leave them alone. In good company, the individuals merge their egotism into a social soul exactly coextensive with the several consciousnesses there present. No partialities of friend to friend, no fondnesses of brother to sister, of wife to husband, are there pertinent, but quite otherwise. Only he may then speak who can sail on the common thought of the party, and not poorly limited to his own. Now this convention, which good sense demands, destroys the high freedom of great conversation, which requires an absolute running of two souls into one.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Criss Jami
“Because there are hundreds of different ways to say one thing, I, being a writer, songwriter, and poet, speak childishly and incoherently. In speech there is so much to decide in so little time.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

James Robertson
“There is something hugely civilised about allowing long pauses in a conversation. Very few people can stand that kind of silence.”
James Robertson, And the Land Lay Still

Lynn Weingarten
“Finally! You're here!"
Uh....Do I know you?"
Well, no....But you're here, all the same...”
Lynn Weingarten, Wherever Nina Lies

Sarah Orne Jewett
“It was mortifying to find how strong the habit of idle speech may become in one’s self. One need not always be saying something in this noisy world.”
Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories

Paul Auster
“Bit by bit, I found myself relaxing into the conversation. Kitty had a natural talent for drawing people out of themselves, and it was easy to fall in with her, to feel comfortable in her presence. As Uncle Victor had once told me long ago, a conversation is like having a catch with someone. A good partner tosses the ball directly into your glove, making it almost impossible for you to miss it; when he is on the receiving end, he catches everything sent his way, even the most errant and incompetent throws. That’s what Kitty did. She kept lobbing the ball straight into the pocket of my glove, and when I threw the ball back to her, she hauled in everything that was even remotely in her area: jumping up to spear balls that soared above her head, diving nimbly to her left or right, charging in to make tumbling, shoestring catches. More than that, her skill was such that she always made me feel that I had made those bad throws on purpose, as if my only object had been to make the game more amusing. She made me seem better than I was, and that strengthened my confidence, which in turn helped to make my throws less difficult for her to handle. In other words, I started talking to her rather than to myself, and the pleasure of it was greater than anything I had experienced in a long time.”
Paul Auster, Moon Palace

Tina  Brown
“Manners are the ability to put someone else at their ease...by turning any answer into another question.”
Tina Brown

Jean-Dominique Bauby
“Want to play hangman? asks Theophile, and I ache to tell him that I have enough on my plate playing quadriplegic. But my communication system disqualifies repartee: the keenest rapier grows dull and falls flat when it takes several minutes to thrust it home. By the time you strike, even you no longer understand what had seemed so witty before you started to dictate it, letter by letter. So the rule is to avoid impulsive sallies. It deprives conversation of its sparkle, all those gems you bat back and forth like a ball-and I count this forced lack of humor one of the great drawbacks of my condition.”
Jean-Dominique Bauby, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Julie Metz
“How do we know we're not people in a movie?' she asked.

I looked at her not knowing how to reply.

Mama, [...] how do we know that things are real?'

Great. Now we have a junior existentialist in the house.

Well, we don't know. We just have to hope that what we think is real is real.'

But how do we know?' she asked, insistently.

Ah, a scientist, who wants empirical evidence.

We don't know. We just have to hope.'

Mama, how do we know things aren't a dream? You know, how sometimes life feels like a dream? Do you ever feel that way?'

Yes, sweetie, I feel that way all the time.”
Julie Metz

Rose Macaulay
“So they left the subject and played croquet, which is a very good game for people who are annoyed with one another, giving many opportunities for venting rancor.”
Rose Macaulay

Anne Brontë
“I possess the faculty of enjoying the company of those I - of my friends as well in silence as in conversation.”
Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Ian McEwan
“He's never quite got the trick of conversation, tending to hear in dissenting views, however mild, a kind of affront, an invitation to mortal combat.”
Ian McEwan, Saturday

Evelyn Waugh
“Conversation should be like juggling; up go the balls and plates, up and over, in and out, good solid objects that glitter in the footlights and fall with a bang if you miss them.”
Evelyn Waugh

“Of course, to avoid getting stuck in that convo with someone you dislike or feel uncomfortable around, don't be passive, be proactive. Do not let them direct your interaction on their terms, do it on yours. Ask a Misdirection Question--something too difficult to answer quickly--e.g., 'What's Congress up to?' or 'You ever learn any cool science?' When you ask the question, don't make eye contact, keep moving and get out of there. Do not wait for a response and deny ever asking it. Repeat these actions until you are never again spoken to by that individual (about four times).”
Eugene Mirman, The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life

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