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leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy
and mutual valuing.
one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for
a while you'll see why.
who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of
John Stuart Mill
conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence
of a witness.
man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard
quote others only in order the better to express myself.
Michel de Montaigne
is in every child a painstaking teacher, so skilful that
he obtains identical results in all children in all parts
of the world. The only language men ever speak perfectly
is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach
die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language.
That may be the measure of our lives.
say conversation is a lost art; how often I have wished
Edward R. Murrow
newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest
problem in the relations between human beings, and in the
end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem,
of what to say and how to say it.
Edward R. Murrow
best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
Napoleon I, Maxims
problems of society will also be the problems of the predominant
language of that society. It is the carrier of its perceptions,
its attitudes, and its goals, for through it, the speakers
absorb entrenched attitudes. The guilt of English then must
be recognized and appreciated before its continued use can
those who say nothing, few are silent.
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.
ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.
great enemy of clear language is insincerity.
throw mud. You may miss the mark, and you'll have dirty
wonder what language truck drivers are using, now that everyone
is using theirs?
true genius shudders at incompleteness - and usually prefers
silence to saying something which is not everything it should
Edgar Allan Poe
is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be
more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
are healed of a suffering only by expressing it to the full.
one has a finer command of language than the person who
keeps his mouth shut.
most basic and powerful way to connect to another person
is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing
we ever give each other is our attention
. A loving
silence often has far more power to heal and to connect
than the most well-intentioned words.
Rachel Naomi Remen
is done with words and also with silence.
a language creates -- as it does -- a community within the
present, it does so only by courtesy of a community between
the present and the past.
sincere; be brief; be seated.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
secret of language is the secret of sympathy and its full
charm is possible only to the gentle.
am annoyed by individuals who are embarrassed by pauses
in a conversation. To me, every conversational pause refreshes.
of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual
differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication
is open, and rules are flexible -- the kind of atmosphere
that is found in a nurturing family.
furnishes the best proof that a law accepted by a community
is a thing that is tolerated and not a rule to which all
Ferdinand De Saussure
word of man is the most durable of all material.
we have the courage to speak out - to break our silence
- we inspire the rest of the "moderates" in our
communities to speak up and voice their views.
am telling you to be a slow-speaking person.
understand a fury in your words,
But not the words.
words fly up, my thoughts remain below:
Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the
English have no respect for their language, and will not
teach their children to speak it.
George Bernard Shaw
and America are two countries divided by a common language.
George Bernard Shaw
trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation
but not the power of speech.
George Bernard Shaw
way to prevent conversation from being boring is to say
the wrong thing.
it surprising how many things, if not said immediately,
seem not worth saying ten minutes from now?
Arnot L. Sheppard, Jr.
speak unless you can improve on the silence.
does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes
he has to eat them.
calculated to catch everyone may catch no one.
Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.
quality of our thoughts is bordered on all sides by our
facility with language.
J. Michael Straczynski
is the worst sort of conversation.
a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.
great thing about human language is that it prevents us
from sticking to the matter at hand.
can communicate without motivating, but it impossible to
motivate without communicating.
describing today's accelerating changes, the media fire
blips of unrelated information at us. Experts bury us under
mountains of narrowly specialized monographs. Popular forecasters
present lists of unrelated trends, without any model to
show us their interconnections or the forces likely to reverse
them. As a result, change itself comes to be seen as anarchic,
first duty of love is to listen
language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone.
It has created the word, loneliness to express the pain
of being alone. And it has created the word, solitude to
express the glory of being alone
invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.
is the amber in which a thousand precious and subtle thoughts
have been safely embedded and preserved. It has arrested
ten thousand lightning flashes of genius, which, unless
thus fixed and arrested, might have been as bright, but
would have also been as quickly passing and perishing, as
Richard Chevenix Trench
silence hath more eloquence than speech.
Martin Farquhar Tupper
difference between the right word and almost the right word
is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
presidents, editors and people with tapeworm have the right
to use the editorial 'we'.
universal principle of etymology in all languages: words
are carried over from bodies and from the properties of
bodies to express the things of the mind and spirit. The
order of ideas must follow the order of things.
societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too.
Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you
liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse,
so that at election time people will solemnly vote against
their own interests
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.
personally think we developed language because of our deep
inner need to complain.
you speak, ask questions. Don't lecture.
don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued
other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious
and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.
Booker T. Washington
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.
constitute the only universal language.
the other person's well-being in mind when you feel an attack
of soul-purging truth coming on.
is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There
are intersecting monologues, that is all.
other people are going to talk, conversation becomes impossible.
James McNeill Whistler
usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education
-- sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street.
E. B. White
freely, the English language is the accretion and growth
of every dialect, race, and range of time, and is both the
free and compacted composition of all.
shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think
Benjamin Lee Whorf
advertising blather becomes the nation's normal idiom, language
becomes printed noise.
George F. Will
is the language of feeling.
If you wouldn't write it and sign it, don't say it.
I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation;
if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days;
if an hour, I am ready now.
limits of my language means the limits of my world.
we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat
like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
William Butler Yeats
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