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René DescartesThe reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.

—  René Descartes, 1596-1650, French philosopher

Samuel JohnsonLawyers know life practically. A bookish man should always have them to converse with.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Samuel JohnsonI never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Lord ChesterfieldReligion is by no means a proper subject of conversation in a mixed company.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

La RochefoucauldThe reason that there are so few good conversationalists is that most people are thinking about what they are going to say and not about what the others are saying.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

La RochefoucauldOne must listen if one wishes to be listened to.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Yogi BerraIt was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.

—  Yogi Berra, 1925-2015, American baseball player & humorist

Jules RenardTo be able to make a conversation, you must know many useless things.

—  Jules Renard, 1864-1910, French writer

Jim RohnOne of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of attention.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Arthur ClarkeThe universe must be full of voices, calling from star to star in a myriad tongues. One day we shall join that cosmic conversation.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Eleanor RooseveltGreat minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president


Funny Quotes

Fred AllenDuring the Samuel Johnson days they had big men enjoying small talk; today we have small men enjoying big talk.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian


Proverbs

Yiddish proverbWhen a wise man talks to a fool, two fools are talking.

—  Yiddish proverb

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Movie Quotes

Breathless (1960)When we talked, I talked about me, you talked about you, when we should have talked about each other.

—  from the film Breathless (1960)

Pierrot le Fou (1965)I can never have a real conversation with you. You never have ideas, only feelings. That's not true. There are ideas in feelings.

—  from the film Pierrot le Fou (1965)










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