The real art of conversation is not

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.  ~Dorothy Nevill

I am annoyed by individuals who are

I am annoyed by individuals who are embarrassed by pauses in a conversation.  To me, every conversational pause refreshes.  ~George SandersCUL

A dog is not considered a good

A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker.  A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.  ~Author Unknown

People have to talk about something just

People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order so they’ll have good voice boxes in case there’s ever anything really meaningful to say.  ~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Cat’s Cradle

There is no such thing as conversation

There is no such thing as conversation.  It is an illusion.  There are intersecting monologues, that is all.  ~Rebecca West (Cicily Maxwell Andrews), "The Harsh Voice," There Is No Conversation, 1935, sect. 1, MBT

One of the lessons history is that

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.  ~Will Durantquoted in Reader’s Digest, November 1972; SH

In the course of my life i

In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.  ~Winston Churchill

Let us not look east and west

Let us not look east and west for materials of conversation, but rest in presence and unity.  A just feeling will fast enough supply fuel for discourse, if speaking be more grateful than silence.  When people come to see us, we foolishly prattle, lest we be inhospitable.  But things said for conversation are chalk eggs.  Don’t say things.  What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Letters and Social Aims," 1875, paraphrased over the years to the commonly quoted version "What you do speaks so loud, that I cannot hear what you say."quoteinvestigator.com/2011/01/27/what-you-do-speaks (Thanks, Garson O’Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)

Coolidge was known for his terse speech

Coolidge was known for his terse speech and reticence.  A woman bet her friend that she could get Coolidge to speak to her, which was something he was reluctant to do.  She went up to him and said: "Hello, Mr. President, I bet my friend that I could get you to say three words to me."  "You lose," Coolidge replied dryly, and walked away.  ~Author Unknown

Calvin sometimes when im talking my words

Calvin:  Sometimes when I’m talking, my words can’t keep up with my thoughts.  I wonder why we think faster than we speak.
Hobbes:  Probably so we can think twice.
~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes

Hes a wonderful talker who has the

He’s a wonderful talker, who has the art of telling you nothing in a great harangue.  ~Jean Baptiste Molière, Le MisanthropeAct II, sc.5; BMC