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The Best Quotes About Conversation 

Updated June 14, 2019 302 votes 108 voters 15.2k views

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A list of the best conversation quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous conversation quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic conversation quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational conversation quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about conversation?" and "What are inspirational conversation quotes?"

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Conversation is an exercise of the mind; gossip is merely an exercise of the tongue.
The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton
The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit. William Temple
The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you. Jean de La Bruyère
There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees. Michel de Montaigne
She has lost the art of conversation, but not, unfortunately, the power of speech. George Bernard Shaw
In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge. George Herbert
Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of witnesses. Margaret Millar
I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read. Samuel Johnson
And when you stick on conversation's burrs, don't strew your pathway with those dreadful urs.
Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing. Oscar Wilde
Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for competitors. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Say nothing good of yourself, you will be distrusted; say nothing bad of yourself, you will be taken at your word. Joseph Roux
Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood. William Shakespeare
The great secret of succeeding in conversation is to admire little, to hear much; always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends; never to pretend to wit, but to make that of others appear as much as possibly we can; to hearken to what is said and to answer to the purpose. Benjamin Franklin
Never hold anyone by the button or the hand in order to be heard out; for if people are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue than them.
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
Conceit causes more conversation than wit. François de La Rochefoucauld
Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know. André Maurois
There is nothing that exasperates people more than a display of superior ability or brilliance in conversation. They seem pleased at the time, but their envy makes them curse the conversationalist in their heart. Samuel Johnson
The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered but a general effect of pleasing impression. Samuel Johnson
Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine. Amos Bronson Alcott
A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech. Emil Cioran
We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore. François de La Rochefoucauld
The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk. George Santayana