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40 Conversation Quotes

Discourse, the sweeter banquet of the mind.

Homer ("Smyrns of Chios") Quotes , Source: The Odyssey (bk. 15, l. 433), (Pope's translation)

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Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen.

Samuel Johnson Quotes , Source: Boswell's Life of Johnson

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Tom Birch is as brisk as a bee in conversation; but no sooner does he take a pen in his hand, than it becomes a torpedo to him, and benumbs all his faculties.

Samuel Johnson Quotes , Source: Boswell's Life of Johnson

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A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years' study of books.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: Hyperion (ch. VII), quoted from the Chinese

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Men of great conversational powers almost universally practise a sort of lively sophistry and exaggeration which deceives for the moment both themselves and their auditors.

Thomas Babington Macaulay Quotes , Source: Essay--On the Athenian Orators

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With thee conversing I forget all time: All seasons and their change, all please alike.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. IV, l. 639), Eve speaking to Adam

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Form'd by thy converse, happily steer From grave to gay, from lively to severe.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 379)

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They converse as those who know that God hears. [Lat., Ita fabulantur ut qui sciant Dominum audire.]

Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullian Quotes , Source: Apologeticus (p. 36), (Ed. Rigalt)

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A dearth of words a woman need not fear; But 'tis a task indeed to learn to hear: In that the skill of conversation lies; That shows and makes you both polite and wise.

Edward Young Quotes , Source: Love of Fame (satire V, l. 57)

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Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.

Robert Benchley Quotes

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A good memory and a tongue tied in the middle is a combination which gives immortality to conversation.

Mark Twain Quotes

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The Holy Land needs bridges, not walls.

Pope John Paul II Quotes

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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.

George Sala Quotes

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Conversation is an art in which man has all mankind for competitors.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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I attribute the little I know to my not having been ashamed to ask for information, and to my rule of conversing with all descriptions of men on those topics that form their own peculiar professions and pursuits.

John Locke Quotes

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