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Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.
Rollo May

No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why.
Mignon McLaughlin

He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.
John Stuart Mill

Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness.
Margaret Millar

A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.
Herman Melville

I quote others only in order the better to express myself.
Michel de Montaigne

There 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 them anything!
Maria Montessori

We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.
Toni Morrison

People say conversation is a lost art; how often I have wished it were.
Edward R. Murrow

The 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

The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
Napoleon I, Maxims

The 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 be advocated.
Njabulo Ndebele

Of those who say nothing, few are silent.
Thomas Neiel

The 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.
Dorothy Nevill

Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.
George Orwell

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.
George Orwell

Never throw mud. You may miss the mark, and you'll have dirty hands.
Joseph Parker

I wonder what language truck drivers are using, now that everyone is using theirs?
Sydney Pfizer

The true genius shudders at incompleteness - and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.
Edgar Allan Poe

It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood.
Karl Popper

The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
Joseph Priestley

We are healed of a suffering only by expressing it to the full.
Marcel Proust

No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut.
Sam Rayburn

The 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

Lying is done with words and also with silence.
Adrienne Rich

When 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.
Christopher Ricks

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The secret of language is the secret of sympathy and its full charm is possible only to the gentle.
John Ruskin

I am annoyed by individuals who are embarrassed by pauses in a conversation. To me, every conversational pause refreshes.
George Sanders

Feelings 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.
Virginia Satir

Language furnishes the best proof that a law accepted by a community is a thing that is tolerated and not a rule to which all freely consent.
Ferdinand De Saussure

The word of man is the most durable of all material.
Arthur Schopenhauer

When 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.
Sharon Schuster

I am telling you to be a slow-speaking person.
Seneca

I understand a fury in your words,
But not the words.
William Shakespeare

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below:
Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
William Shakespeare

They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.
William Shakespeare

The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it.
George Bernard Shaw

England and America are two countries divided by a common language.
George Bernard Shaw

The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.
George Bernard Shaw

One way to prevent conversation from being boring is to say the wrong thing.
Frank Sheed

Isn't it surprising how many things, if not said immediately, seem not worth saying ten minutes from now?
Arnot L. Sheppard, Jr.

Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence.
Spanish Proverb

Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
Adlai Stevenson

Words calculated to catch everyone may catch no one.
Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

The quality of our thoughts is bordered on all sides by our facility with language.
J. Michael Straczynski

Argument is the worst sort of conversation.
Jonathan Swift

Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.
Pubilius Syrus

The great thing about human language is that it prevents us from sticking to the matter at hand.
Lewis Thomas

You can communicate without motivating, but it impossible to motivate without communicating.
John Thompson

In 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, even lunatic.
Alvin Toffler

The first duty of love is to listen
Paul Tillich

Our 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
Paul Tillich

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.
Lily Tomlin

Language 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 the lightning.
Richard Chevenix Trench

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.
Martin Farquhar Tupper

The difference between the right word and almost the right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
Mark Twain

Only presidents, editors and people with tapeworm have the right to use the editorial 'we'.
Mark Twain

The 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.
Giambattista Vico

As 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
Gore Vidal

People 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.

I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.
Jane Wagner

When you speak, ask questions. Don't lecture.
Denis Waitley

We 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

Calvin: 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.
Bill Watterson

Numbers constitute the only universal language.
Nathanael West

Keep the other person's well-being in mind when you feel an attack of soul-purging truth coming on.
Betty White

There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all.
Rebecca West

If other people are going to talk, conversation becomes impossible.
James McNeill Whistler

English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education -- sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street.
E. B. White

Viewed 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.
Walt Whitman

Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.
Benjamin Lee Whorf

As advertising blather becomes the nation's normal idiom, language becomes printed noise.
George F. Will

Poetry is the language of feeling.
W. Winter

If you wouldn't write it and sign it, don't say it.
Earl Wilson

If 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.
Woodrow Wilson

The limits of my language means the limits of my world.
Ludwig Wittgenstein

If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.
Ludwig Wittgenstein

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
William Butler Yeats

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