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Not a sentence or a word is independent of the circumstances under which it is uttered.

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.

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.

One would think that the larger the company is, the greater variety of thoughts and subjects would be started in discourse; but instead of this, we find that conversation is never so much strait­ened and confined as in large assemblies.

Our companions please us less from the charms we find in their conversation, than from those they find in ours.

Patrick Henry was more impressed by Washington's quiet conversation than by the fervid oratory of others. When asked whom he considered the greatest man in Congress, he answered: "Rutledge, if you speak of eloquence, is by far the greatest orator, but Colonel Washington, who has no pretensions to eloquence, is a man of more solid judgment and information than any man on that floor."

People love to talk but hate to listen. Listening is not merely not talking, though even that is beyond most of our powers; it means taking a vigorous, human interest in what is being told us. You can listen like a blank wall or like a splendid auditorium where every sound comes back fuller and richer.

Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value.

Repose is as necessary in conversation as in a picture.

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

Silence is one great art of conversation.

Some persons talk simply because they think sound is more manageable than silence.

Speak well of every one if you speak of them at all - none of us are so very good.

Speech is civilization itself. The word, even the most contradictory word, preserves contact - it is silence which isolates.

Take as many half minutes as you can get, but never talk more than half a minute without pausing and giving others an opportunity to strike in.

That is the happiest conversation where there is no competition, no vanity, but a calm quiet interchange of sentiments.

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

The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency. It proceeds from not knowing what is going on in other people's minds.

The less men think; the more they talk.

The pith of conversation does not consist in exhibiting your own superior knowledge on matters of small importance, but in enlarging, improving, and correcting the information you possess, by the authority of others.


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