- Conversation is but carving!
- Give no more to every guest
- Than he's able to digest.
JONATHAN SWIFT, Conversation
We do not talk--we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newpapers, magazines, and digests.
HENRY MILLER, "The Shadows," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare
There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all.
REBECCA WEST, The Harsh Voice
The true spirit of conversation consists more in bringing out the cleverness of others than in showing a great deal of it yourself.
JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of Society and of Conversation", Les Caractères
It was the polite thing to talk to people about what they were interested in, not about what you were interested in.
HARPER LEE, To Kill a Mockingbird
Nothing you say can ensure that the other person will get it, or respond the way you want. You may never exceed his threshold of deafness.
HARRIET LERNER, The Dance of Connection
The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it.
EDWARD BULWER-LYTTON, The Student: A Series of Papers
The more the pleasures of the body fade away, the greater to me is the pleasure and charm of conversation.