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The really important things are said over cocktails and are never done.

The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation, is, that each is thinking more of what he is intending to say, than of what others are saying; and we never listen when we are planning to speak.

The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively but says nothing.

The tone of good conversation is brilliant and natural. - It is neither tedious nor frivolous. - It is instructive without pedantry; gay, without tumultuousness; polished, without affectation; gallant, without insipidity; waggish, without equivocation.

There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse.

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

There's lots of people - this town wouldn't hold them; who don't know much excepting what's told them.

To listen well, is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well, and is as essential to all true conversation.

Too much agreement kills a chat.

We sometimes disputed, and very fond we were of argument, and very desirous of confuting one another, which is apt to become a very bad habit. I had caught it by reading my father's books of dispute about religion. Persons of good sense, I have since observed, seldom fall into it, except lawyers, university men, and men of all sorts that have been bred at Edinburgh.

When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people.

When in the company of sensible men, we ought to be doubly cautious of talking too much, lest we lose two good things - their good opinion and our own improvement; for what we have to say we know, but what they have to say we know not.

While the right to talk may be the beginning of freedom, the necessity of listening is what makes the right important.

Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.

You never say a word of yourself, dear Lady Grey. You have that dreadful sin of anti-egotism.


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