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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.

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The true spirit of conversatio... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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The great gift of conversation... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
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

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Conversation is an exercise of... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
Conversation is an exercise of the mind; gossip is merely an exercise of the tongue.

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In conversation, humor is wort... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge. George Herbert

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Say nothing good of yourself, ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
Say nothing good of yourself, you will be distrusted; say nothing bad of yourself, you will be taken at your word. Joseph Roux

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The first ingredient in conver... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit. William Temple

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I never desire to converse wit... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read. Samuel Johnson

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Most conversations are simply ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of witnesses. Margaret Millar

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There is nothing that exaspera... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
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

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There is no conversation more ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees. Michel de Montaigne

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Conceit causes more conversati... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
Conceit causes more conversation than wit. François de La Rochefoucauld

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Never hold anyone by the butto... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
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.

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And when you stick on conversa... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
And when you stick on conversation's burrs, don't strew your pathway with those dreadful urs.

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Conversation is an art in whic... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for competitors. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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She has lost the art of conver... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
She has lost the art of conversation, but not, unfortunately, the power of speech. George Bernard Shaw

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The happiest conversation is t... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered but a general effect of pleasing impression. Samuel Johnson

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A sudden silence in the middle... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
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

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Mediocre people have an answer... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
Mediocre people have an answer for everything and are astonished at nothing. They always want to have the air of knowing better than you what you are going to tell them; when, in their turn, they begin to speak, they repeat to you with the greatest confidence, as if dealing with their own property, the things that they have heard you say yourself at some other place. A capable and superior look is the natural accompaniment of this type of character. Eugène Delacroix

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Things said for conversation a... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
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

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The techniques of opening conv... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
The techniques of opening conversation are universal. I knew long ago and rediscovered that the best way to attract attention, help, and conversation is to be lost. A man who seeing his mother starving to death on a path kicks her in the stomach to clear the way, will cheerfully devote several hours of his time giving wrong directions to a total stranger who claims to be lost. John Steinbeck

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The primary use of conversatio... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk. George Santayana

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I would rather take hellebore ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
I would rather take hellebore than spend a conversation with a good, little man. Edward Dahlberg

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Reply to wit with gravity, and... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
Reply to wit with gravity, and to gravity with wit. Charles Caleb Colton

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Debate is masculine, conversat... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine. Amos Bronson Alcott

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The great secret of succeeding... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
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

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We often forgive those who bor... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore. François de La Rochefoucauld

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No one is qualified to convers... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
No one is qualified to converse in public except those contented to do without such conversation. Thomas à Kempis

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Conversation would be vastly i... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know. André Maurois

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Conversation should be pleasan... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood. William Shakespeare

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In conversation the game is, t... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
In conversation the game is, to say something new with old words. And you shall observe a man of the people picking his way along, step by step, using every time an old boulder, yet never setting his foot on an old place. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Never talk for half a minute w... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
Never talk for half a minute without pausing and giving others a chance to join in. Sydney Smith

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One of the very best rules of ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
One of the very best rules of conversation is to never, say anything which any of the company wish had been left unsaid. Jonathan Swift

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It is not what we learn in con... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
It is not what we learn in conversation that enriches us. It is the elation that comes of swift contact with tingling currents of thought. Agnes Repplier

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Talk ought always to run obliq... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
Talk ought always to run obliquely, not nose to nose with no chance of mental escape. Frank Moore Colby

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I find we are growing serious,... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull. William Congreve

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A good memory and a tongue tie... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
A good memory and a tongue tied in the middle is a combination which gives immortality to conversation. Mark Twain

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We do not talk -- we bludgeon ... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
We do not talk -- we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests. Henry Miller

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The great danger of conversion... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
The great danger of conversion in all ages has been that when the religion of the high mind is offered to the lower mind, the lower mind, feeling its fascination without understanding it, and being incapable of rising to it, drags it down to its level by degrading it. George Bernard Shaw

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Repartee is perfect when it ef... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
Repartee is perfect when it effects its purpose with a double edge. It is the highest order of wit, as it indicates the coolest yet quickest exercise of genius, at a moment when the passions are roused. Charles Caleb Colton

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If you ever have to support a ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
If you ever have to support a flagging conversation, introduce the topic of eating. James Henry Leigh Hunt

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Conversation should touch ever... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing. Oscar Wilde

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The opposite of talking isn't ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting. Fran Lebowitz

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Talk to every woman as if you ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
Talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you, and at the end of your first season you will have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact. Oscar Wilde

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An American cannot converse, b... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
An American cannot converse, but he can discuss, and his talk falls into a dissertation. He speaks to you as if he was addressing a meeting; and if he should chance to become warm in the discussion, he will say Gentlemen to the person with whom he is conversing. Alexis de Tocqueville

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I believe that a man is conver... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
I believe that a man is converted when first he hears the low, vast murmur of life, of human life, troubling his hitherto unconscious self. D. H. Lawrence

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Conversation has a kind of cha... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insinuating and insidious something that elicits secrets just like love or liquor. Seneca the Younger

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With thee conversing I forget ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
With thee conversing I forget all time. John Milton

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In my opinion, the most fruitf... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
In my opinion, the most fruitful and natural play of the mind is in conversation. I find it sweeter than any other action in life; and if I were forced to choose, I think I would rather lose my sight than my hearing and voice. The study of books is a drowsy and feeble exercise which does not warm you up. Michel de Montaigne

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There is no such thing as conv... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all. Rebecca West

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I used to say: there is a God-... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Quotes About Conversation
I used to say: there is a God-shaped hole in me. For a long time I stressed the absence, the hole. Now I find it is the shape which has become more important. Salman Rushdie