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Dialogue by Robert McKee
“Dialogue concentrates meaning; conversation dilutes it.”
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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
“The best conversation I had was over forty million years ago,' continued Marvin.
Again the pause. '
Oh d—'
'And that was with a coffee machine.' He waited.”
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“In the middle of a conversation, someone says to me out of the blue: "I wish you luck." I am astonished; but later I realize that these words connect up with his thoughts about me.
And now they do not strike me as meaningless any more.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein
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Robert McKee
“Dialogue concentrates meaning; conversation dilutes it.”
Robert McKee, Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen

Ludwig Wittgenstein
“In the middle of a conversation, someone says to me out of the blue: "I wish you luck." I am astonished; but later I realize that these words connect up with his thoughts about me.
And now they do not strike me as meaningless any more.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein

Milan Kundera
“Tamina serves coffee and calvados to the customers (there aren't all that many, the room being always half empty) and then goes back behind the bar. Almost always there is someone sitting on a barstool, trying to talk to her. Everyone likes Tamina. Because she knows how to listen to people.

But is she really listening? Or is she merely looking at them so attentively, so silently? I don't know, and it's not very important. What matters is that she doesn't interrupt anyone. You know what happens when two people talk. One of them speaks and the other breaks in: "It's absolutely the same with me, I..." and starts talking about himself until the first one manages to slip back in with his own "It's absolutely the same with me, I..."

The phrase "It's absolutely the same with me, I..." seems to be an approving echo, a way of continuing the other's thought, but that is an illusion: in reality it is a brute revolt against a brutal violence, an effort to free our own ear from bondage and to occupy the enemy's ear by force. Because all of man's life among his kind is nothing other than a battle to seize the ear of others. The whole secret of Tamina's popularity is that she has no desire to talk about herself. She submits to the forces occupying her ear, never saying: "It's absolutely the same with me, I...”
Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Douglas Adams
“The best conversation I had was over forty million years ago,' continued Marvin.
Again the pause. '
Oh d—'
'And that was with a coffee machine.' He waited.”
Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

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