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Bore: one who has the power of speech but not the capacity for conversation.
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Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)
Talking with you is sort of the conversational equivalent of an out of body experience.
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Bill Watterson (1958 - ), Calvin & Hobbes
Saying what we think gives us a wider conversational range than saying what we know.
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Cullen Hightower
Each person's life is lived as a series of conversations.
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Deborah Tannen
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.
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Dorothy Nevill
Education begins a gentleman, conversation completes him.
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Dr. Thomas Fuller (1654 - 1734), Gnomologia, 1732
Few are agreeable in conversation, because each thinks more of what he intends to say than of what others are saying, and listens no more when he himself has a chance to speak.
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Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.
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Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.
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George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
Anecdotes and maxims are rich treasures to the man of the world, for he knows how to introduce the former at fit place in conversation.
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
One of the best rules in conversation is, never to say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish had been left unsaid.
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Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)
Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.
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Judith Martin, (Miss Manners)
Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn't start a conversation.
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Kin Hubbard (1868 - 1930)
Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of witnesses.
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Margaret Millar
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
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Menander (342 BC - 292 BC)
Conversation is food for the soul.
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Mexican Proverb
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
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Plato (427 BC - 347 BC)
Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for his competitors, for it is that which all are practising every day while they live.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
There isnít much better in this life than finding a way to spend a few hours in conversation with people you respect and love. You have to carve this time out of your life because you arenít really living without it.
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Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, August 27, 2003
I don't know how to have casual conversation. You think you're talking about one thing, and either you are and it's incredibly boring, or you're not because it's subtext and you need a decoder ring.
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Sara B. Cooper, House M.D., Love Hurts, 2004
Your ignorance, cramps my conversation.
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Sir Anthony Hawkins (1863 - 1933)
He had occasional flashes of silence, that made his conversation perfectly delightful.
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Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845), referring to Macaulay
Silence is one of the great arts of conversation, as allowed by Cicero himself, who says, 'there is not only an art, but an eloquence in it.' A well bred woman may easily and effectually promote the most useful and elegant conversation without speaking a word. The modes of speech are scarcely more variable than the modes of silence.
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Tom Blair
It's always difficult to make conversation with a drunk, and there's no denying it, the sober are at a disadvantage with him.
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W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), The Razor's Edge, 1943
Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.
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William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
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