Quotes and Sayings about Conversation



"The difficulty with this conversation is that it's very different from most of the ones I've had of late. Which, as I explained, have mostly been with trees."
- Douglas Adams
(Related: Conversation, Difficulty, Trees)

"True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions."
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Friendship, Happiness, Conversation, Enjoyment, First, Self)

"Love without conversation is impossible."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Love, Conversation)

"My mom has a good way of engaging me in a conversation about the choices I make, listening, being objective and open-minded, and respecting those choices so long as they don't put me in danger."
- Casey Affleck
(Related: Mom, Being, Choices, Conversation, Danger, Listening, Open)

"Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine."
- Amos Bronson Alcott
(Related: Conversation, Debate)

"We sat around on a hotel balcony with a bottle of wine and tried to figure out how you would go about blowing up a planet. That's the kind of conversations science fiction writers have when they get together. We don't talk about football or anything like that."
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Related: Science, Fiction, Football, Talk, Wine, Writers)

"His struggle for a bare living left him no time to take advantage of the public evening school. In time he learned to read, to follow a conversation or lecture; but he never learned to write correctly; and his pronunciation remains extremely foreign to this day."
- Mary Antin
(Related: Time, Conversation, Day, Evening, Living, Public, School, Struggle)

"I've never been to the websites. It's a lot healthier for me to keep out of the conversations about me."
- Fiona Apple
"Sometimes interviews are fun and good conversations, but stuff like photo shoots and appearances at places where you have to meet a lot of people - I was never really made for this kind of stuff."
- Fiona Apple
(Related: People, Fun)

"It is all right to hold a conversation but you should let go of it now and then."
- Richard Armour
(Related: Conversation, Now, Right)

"I myself spent nine years in an insane asylum and I never had the obsession of suicide, but I know that each conversation with a psychiatrist, every morning at the time of his visit, made me want to hang myself, realizing that I would not be able to cut his throat."
- Antonin Artaud
(Related: Time, Conversation, Obsession, Suicide, Visit, Want, Years)

"He actually came up to me and we started speaking. And from that conversation we were able to come to a meeting of the minds and it seemed as if it was clear to me that he wanted to do similar things to what I wanted to do."
- Maurice Ashley
(Related: Conversation, Meeting)

"Every one knows, that the mind will not be kept from contemplating what it loves in the midst of crowds and business. Hence come those frequent absences, so observable in conversation; for whilst the body is confined to present company, the mind is flown to that which it delights in."
- Mary Astell
(Related: Business, Body, Company, Conversation, Crowds, Mind, Present, Will)

"My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company."
- Jane Austen
(Related: People, Idea, Company, Conversation)

"I don't think of myself as giving interviews. I just have conversations. That gets me in trouble."
- Charles Barkley
(Related: Giving, Trouble)

"I listen like mad to any conversation taking place next to me just trying to hear why this is funny. Women's restrooms are especially great. I wash my hands twice waiting for people to come in and start talking."
- Lynda Barry
(Related: Funny, Women, People, Conversation, Talking, Trying, Waiting)

"One of Brando's problems is that he can't have a conversation with anyone."
- Peter Bart
(Related: Conversation, Problems)

"The voice will guide you-will tell you what to do. In order to do that, you must be quite sensitive with the instrument and accept this daily conversation with your voice."
- Cecilia Bartoli
(Related: Conversation, Order, Voice, Will)

"Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems."
- John Barton
(Related: Poetry, Conversation, Poems, Reading)

"By definition, gay is smart. I see plenty of macho heterosexual idiots, but nine times out of 10 you can have a great conversation if you find a gay guy."
- Jason Bateman
(Related: Conversation, Gay, Idiots)

"There was a sense of all the things that go on on the street, particularly in New York, that you are just completely unaware of, that that conversation could be happening at any time. I loved the instability of the camera. It's just an unstable world."
- Jennifer Beals
(Related: Time, Conversation, Sense, World)

"Much of what happens in Love Always is really from overheard conversations in the Russian Tea Room. It's an improvisation of the way certain Hollywood agents think and talk to each other."
- Ann Beattie
(Related: Love, Hollywood, Talk, Tea)

"It is critical that parents and other trusted adults initiate conversations with kids about underage drinking well in advance of the first time they are faced with a decision regarding alcohol."
- Xavier Becerra
(Related: Time, Decision, Alcohol, Drinking, First, Kids, Parents)

"A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Company, Conversation, Longing, Loquacity)

"It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much."
- Yogi Berra
(Related: Conversation, Talking)

"I haven't heard from Bobby since May when we had our conversation, but then this thing broke last week, where they arrested him, and we were watching what was going on on the whole deal, and I was actually flabbergasted, at what the then police chief Parks was saying."
- Tommy Bond
(Related: Conversation, May, Police, Saying)

"A good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation."
- James Boswell
(Related: Conversation, May)

"For my own part I think no innocent species of wit or pleasantry should be suppressed: and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation."
- James Boswell
(Related: Conversation, May, Wit)

"The way I write is that I'll actually have a conversation out loud with myself. In a weird way, I just kind of get schizophrenic and play two characters."
- Zach Braff
(Related: Conversation, Play)

"I am really driven, but my drive doesn't effect the conversations I have in my head about life, and my worries and fears and insecurities."
- Zach Braff
(Related: Life, Effect)

"Although there exist many thousand subjects for elegant conversation, there are persons who cannot meet a cripple without talking about feet."
- Ernest Bramah
(Related: Conversation, Feet, Talking)

"There's no conversation more boring than talking about what it's really like to live in Newport and how the show compares to the real thing. I just don't care."
- Adam Brody
(Related: Care, Conversation, Talking)

"A good conversationalist is not one who remembers what was said, but says what someone wants to remember."
- John Mason Brown
"My knowledge of the state of President Roosevelt's health was derived entirely from conversations, from newspaper articles and from photographs."
- David Bruce
(Related: Health, Knowledge, President, State)

"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 Bruyere
(Related: Cleverness, Company, Conversation, Lies)

"Two people in a conversation amount to four people talking. The four are what one person says, what he really wanted to say, what his listener heard, and what he thought he heard."
- William Jennings Bryant
(Related: Thought, People, Conversation, Talking)

"Body language is a very powerful tool. We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not the words."
- Deborah Bull
(Related: Body, Conversation, Language, Speech, Words)

"The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it."
- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
(Related: Building, Conversation, Man, Observation, Spirit)

"However, when the privilege depends solely on the broad, undifferentiated claim of public interest in the confidentiality of such conversations, a confrontation with other values arises."
- Warren E. Burger
(Related: Values, Interest, Privilege, Public)

"Forget all the bars and schmoozing and everybody checking out everybody else. My ideal date would be to park in a dark place, check out the stars, and have a great conversation. When all else fails, you can just make out."
- Brooke Burke
(Related: Conversation, Forget, Stars)

"The more one listens to ordinary conversations the more apparent it becomes that the reasoning faculties of the brain take little part in the direction of the vocal organs."
- Edgar Rice Burroghs
(Related: Direction)

"It's fun having songs about parties and gigolos, but I really wanted to use my music as a form of art. Art is supposed to spark conversation and make people think, and I wanted to do that with this song."
- Nick Cannon
(Related: Art, Music, People, Conversation, Fun, Song, Songs)

"A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That's why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet."
- Truman Capote
(Related: Conversation)

"'What is the use of a book', thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversations?'"
- Lewis Carroll
(Related: Thought)

"Most of my relationships were people in the business. Having said that, me and Tim don't really talk that much about work. He comes into my bit of the house every so often to vent but we don't really have very high, cultured conversations."
- Helena Bonham Carter
(Related: Business, Work, People, Relationships, Talk)

"Say this for big league baseball - it is beyond any question the greatest conversation piece ever invented in America."
- Bruce Catton
(Related: America, Baseball, Conversation, Question)

"I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar."
- Miguel de Cervantes
(Related: Conversation, Right, Wrong)

"I consider myself a religious person. God is something very personal with me and I don't flaunt religion in conversation with others."
- Richard Chamberlain
(Related: Religion, God, Conversation, Religious)

"When I spoke, I was listened to; and I was at a loss to know how I had so easily acquired the art of commanding attention, and giving the tone to the conversation."
- Adelbert von Chamisso
(Related: Art, Attention, Conversation, Giving, Loss)

"An artist carries on throughout his life a mysterious, uninterrupted conversation with his public."
- Maurice Chevalier
(Related: Life, Artist, Conversation, Public)

"Never had any mathematical conversations with anybody, because there was nobody else in my field."
- Alonzo Church
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
- Winston Churchill
(Related: Argument, Conversation, Democracy)

"Silence is one of the great arts of conversation."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Conversation, Silence)

"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."
- Emile M. Cioran
(Related: Conversation, Invention, Silence, Speech)

"The term clinical depression finds its way into too many conversations these days. One has a sense that a catastrophe has occurred in the psychic landscape."
- Leonard Cohen
(Related: Depression, Sense)

"No one has to learn to spell to talk, right? You see a little kid holding a conversation with an adult. He probably doesn't know the words he's saying, but he knows where to fit them to make what he's thinking logical to what you're saying."
- Ornette Coleman
(Related: Conversation, Right, Saying, Talk, Thinking, Words)

"I'm having this conversation with you now. I'm talking, but I'm thinking, feeling, smelling, and moving. Yet I'm concentrating on what you're saying. So that means there's more things going on in the body than just the present thing that the person's got you doing."
- Ornette Coleman
(Related: Body, Conversation, Feeling, Now, Present, Saying, Talking, Thinking)

"Debate is the death of conversation."
- Kitty O'Neill Collins
(Related: Death, Conversation, Debate)

"I met my wife through playing golf. She is French and couldn't speak English and I couldn't speak French, so there was little chance of us getting involved in any boring conversations - that's why we got married really quickly."
- Sean Connery
(Related: Wife, Chance, English, Golf)

"I tell my friends about my conversations with my father - conversations with an artist."
- Ray Conniff
(Related: Father, Artist, Friends)

"Logic and fact keep interfering with the easy flow of conversation."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Conversation, Fact, Logic)

"I never initiated nor did the FBI ever initiate any conversation or correspondence with me."
- John Sherman Cooper
(Related: Conversation)

"Eating without conversation is only stoking."
- Marcelene Cox
(Related: Conversation, Eating)

"Romance like a ghost escapes touching; it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory."
- George William Curtis
(Related: Poetry, Time, Romance, Conversation, Memory, Prose)

"I got to sit down with people who I admired, and have conversations with some of the greatest thinkers and artists and performers. It's a huge privilege for me to be a journalist."
- James Daly
(Related: People, Artists, Privilege)

"What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming."
- Edgar Degas
(Related: Conversation, Nothing)

"They're pretty particular about what they show. They certainly edit the scripts and have conversations with the writers about what they are and aren't willing to portray. But the writers and the network are pretty much on the same page."
- James Denton
(Related: Network, Pretty, Writers)

"The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries."
- Rene Descartes
(Related: Books, Conversation, Past, Reading)

"This is a time for a national conversation. A conversation about the document that binds us as a nation and a people. That document, of course, is the Constitution."
- Mike DeWine
(Related: Time, People, Constitution, Conversation, Nation)

"All serious conversations gravitate towards philosophy."
- Ernest Dimnet
(Related: Philosophy)

"Americans cannot realize how many chances for mental improvement they lose by their inveterate habit of keeping six conversations when there are twelve in the room."
- Ernest Dimnet
(Related: Habit, Americans, Improvement)

"If you go out to dinner with someone, you find out what they prefer in food. We ought to be able to have a conversation to find out what people prefer when it comes to sex."
- Betty Dodson
(Related: Food, Sex, People, Conversation)

"Travel, instead of broadening the mind, often merely lengthens the conversation."
- Elizabeth Drew
(Related: Travel, Conversation, Mind)

"Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation."
- Elizabeth Drew
(Related: Travel, Conversation, Mind)

"I just had that conversation this morning with my doctor. I just got back from the hospital a half-hour ago, and nothing will make me happier than to replicate the DNA of my amazing husband. I'm optimistic."
- Karen Duffy
(Related: HusbConversation, Nothing, Will)

"Some of the most important conversations I've ever had occurred at my family's dinner table."
- Bob Ehrlich
(Related: Family)

"The desert has its holiness of silence, the crowd its holiness of conversation."
- Walter Elliot
(Related: Conversation, Holiness, Silence)

"No collection of people who are all waiting for the same thing are capable of holding a natural conversation. Even if the thing they are waiting for is only a taxi."
- Ben Elton
(Related: People, Conversation, Waiting)

"Beware of the man who will not engage in idle conversation; he is planning to steal your walking stick or water your stock."
- William Emerson
(Related: Conversation, Man, Planning, Walking, Water, Will)

"I tried to use the questions and answers as an armature on which to build a sculpture of genuine conversation."
- Clifton Fadiman
(Related: Answers, Conversation, Questions, Sculpture)

"People seem to see no difference between an intimate conversation and a conversation at the water cooler."
- Mike Farrell
(Related: People, Conversation, Difference, Water)

"Well, my closest friends are still the ones that I went to school with, but it's nice to go to work, at the studios, and have people there that you're willing to talk to and have a good conversation with."
- Tom Felton
(Related: Work, People, Conversation, Friends, School, Talk)

"There are those moments when you shake someone's hand, have a conversation with someone, and suddenly your all bound together because you share your humanity in one simple moment."
- Ralph Fiennes
(Related: Conversation, Humanity, Moments)

"What I think we need to do to engage the American people in a conversation about entitlement reform is to have a bipartisan group of people who come together and put every solution on the table, every alternative on the table. And then we ought to engage in a long conversation with the American people so they understand the choices."
- Carly Fiorina
(Related: People, American, Choices, Conversation, Reform, Solution)

"Kevin Smith is a very challenging conversationalist and Jay has many great stories."
- Carrie Fisher
"I cannot imagine any other country in the world where the opposition would seek, and the chief executive would allow, the dissemination of his most private and personal conversations with his staff, which, to be honest, do not exactly confer sainthood on anyone concerned."
- Gerald R. Ford
(Related: Country, Opposition, World)

"I'm smart and I can be really funny and interesting and I can go toe-to-toe with anybody in a conversation."
- Megan Fox
(Related: Funny, Conversation)

"What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation."
- Anatole France
(Related: Conversation)

"We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: People, Circumstances, Heaven, Improvement, Information, Leisure, Man, Respect)

"If you're interested in how people behave, if you're interested in the way they talk about themselves, the way the conceive of themselves, it's very hard to ignore drugs nowadays, because that is so much part of the conversation."
- Jonathan Franzen
(Related: People, Conversation, Drugs, Talk)

"I've got to go. That's one of the penalties of being a doctor. I never seem to finish a conversation."
- Robert M. Fresco
(Related: Being, Conversation)

"And I always read the English translation and always have conversations with my translator, for example about the names. I always have to approve it."
- Cornelia Funke
(Related: English, Example, Names)

"I found it very difficult to explain to someone why you did a film. It's not like having a conversation."
- Charlotte Gainsbourg
(Related: Conversation, Film)

"Anyone who thinks the art of conversation is dead ought to tell a child to go to bed."
- Robert C. Gallagher
(Related: Art, Bed, Conversation)

"A good quartet is like a good conversation among friends interacting to each other's ideas."
- Stan Getz
(Related: Ideas, Conversation, Friends)

"As far as playing jazz, no other art form, other than conversation, can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction."
- Stan Getz
(Related: Art, Conversation, Jazz, Satisfaction)

"Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: Genius, Conversation, School, Solitude, Understanding)

"After about 20 years of marriage, I'm finally starting to scratch the surface of what women want. And I think the answer lies somewhere between conversation and chocolate."
- Mel Gibson
(Related: Women, Marriage, Conversation, Lies, Want, Years)

"I do not wish to hide my origins, nor do I seek to make it a subject of conversation. I am what I am."
- Ryan Giggs
(Related: Conversation)

"I've found that if I say what I'm really thinking and feeling, people are more likely to say what they really think and feel. The conversation becomes a real conversation."
- Carol Gilligan
(Related: People, Conversation, Feeling, Thinking)

"What students lack in school is an intellectual relationship or conversation with the teacher."
- William Glasser
(Related: Conversation, School, Students)

"Prior to being allowed to enter the profession, prospective teachers should be asked to talk with a group of friendly students for at least half an hour and be able to engage them in an interesting conversation about any subject the prospective teacher wants to talk about."
- William Glasser
(Related: Being, Conversation, Profession, Students, Talk, Teachers)

"Nothing dates one so dreadfully as to think someplace is uptown. At our age one must be watchful of these conversational gray hairs."
- Ruth Gordon
(Related: Age, Nothing)

"Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God."
- Billy Graham
(Related: God, Conversation, Prayer)

"A number of us had conversations with the Kerry campaign about what he was going to say about CAFE. What he told us was that he did not want to sacrifice jobs and that he wanted to work with the auto industry to achieve that goal."
- Jennifer Granholm
(Related: Work, Sacrifice, Goal, Jobs, Want)

"I have not made any suggestions about climate change. This is more about blending or shifting the conversation about the environment versus the economy. It's just such an old, outdated conversation."
- Jennifer Granholm
(Related: Change, Climate, Climate change, Conversation, Economy, Environment, Old)

"I think there's a natural chemistry between us as friends; and there's really no separation between the rapport that we feel when we're in conversation and when we're playing music, it's one in the same."
- Benny Green
(Related: Music, Conversation, Friends, Rapport, Separation)

"Why are people saying it's too soon? Like the people on that flight, we need to agree about what to do about terrorism. And I think we need to have that conversation now."
- Paul Greengrass
(Related: People, Conversation, Now, Saying, Terrorism)

"Ten years ago, it was really difficult for a young actress to walk onto a set and disagree with the director and having that be OK and have a conversation about it and everyone be cool with it."
- Maggie Gyllenhaal
(Related: Conversation, Years)

"Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well."
- Mark Haddon
(Related: Books, Conversation, Reading, Talk)

"I know it may seem surprising to people, but learning dialog that has a conversational flow to it is not that difficult."
- Deidre Hall
(Related: People, Learning, May)

"Through their play Barbara imagined their lives as adults. They used the dolls to reflect the adult world around them. They would sit and carry on conversations, making the dolls real people."
- Ruth Handler
(Related: People, Play, World)

"Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Food, Conversation, Wit)

"And I find it very easy to memorize the scripts, which are so close to conversations my husband and I have."
- Patricia Heaton
(Related: Husband)

"The time has come - and must come - for multilateral conversations about a secure peace in all of Europe."
- Gustav Heinemann
(Related: Peace, Time, Europe)

"I try to write conversationally; I try to write like people speak and put the emphasis on the right syllable."
- Don Henley
(Related: People, Right)

"Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of existence."
- O. Henry
(Related: Conversation, Existence)

"In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge."
- George Herbert
(Related: Humor, Knowledge, Conversation, Wit, Worth)

"I've literally, in my entire life I've had two guys come up to me and ask me out. Other than that I have had to go and try to like spend time with them, or sort of start the conversation, basically like spell it out in a Sharpie, like, you know?"
- Jennifer Love Hewitt
(Related: Life, Time, Conversation)

"Saying what we think gives a wider range of conversation than saying what we know."
- Cullen Hightower
(Related: Conversation, Saying)

"Faculty met, and after the usual business, some conversation was had about certain students being addicted to drinking, and it was reported that a citizen of the village had informed a member of the Faculty that there was a good deal of drinking this term among the students."
- Daniel H. Hill
(Related: Business, Being, Conversation, Drinking, Students)

"I get readings, I sometimes get five a week. You'll feel like a schizophrenic by the end of that week. I don't know who I am any more. You'll be in conversation with a friend and start spitting out dialogue."
- Josh Holloway
(Related: Friend, Conversation)

"I wish you would read a little poetry sometimes. Your ignorance cramps my conversation."
- Anthony Hope
(Related: Poetry, Conversation, Ignorance)

"I can wear a hat or take it off, but either way it's a conversation piece."
- Hedda Hopper
(Related: Conversation)

"Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while."
- Kin Hubbard
(Related: Change, People, Conversation, Weather)

"If you are ever at a loss to support a flagging conversation, introduce the subject of eating."
- Leigh Hunt
(Related: Conversation, Eating, Loss, Support)

"If you ever have to support a flagging conversation, introduce the topic of eating."
- Leigh Hunt
(Related: Conversation, Eating, Support)

"If you start to catalog Hillary Clinton's positions between now and 2008, we're going to have a lot of conversations because there are a lot of places for her to go."
- Gwen Ifill
(Related: Now)

"It means that no matter what you write, be it a biography, an autobiography, a detective novel, or a conversation on the street, it all becomes fiction as soon as you write it down."
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante
(Related: Autobiography, Conversation, Fiction)

"Some of us may just, in one-on-one conversations with our family, with our friends, over the back fence with our neighbors, talk about the reality of our lives and realize that we're not alone, that we have a right to be physically safe and emotionally safe in our own homes."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Family, Friends, May, Neighbors, Reality, Right, Talk)

"So here we are today with a new conversation. When University of Georgia plays Georgia Tech, it's uniform color versus skin color. We have - we've overcome that level of racial fear."
- Jesse Jackson
(Related: Fear, Conversation, Skin, Today, University)

"Conversation may be compared to a lyre with seven chords - philosophy, art, poetry, love, scandal, and the weather."
- Anna Jameson
(Related: Art, Love, Poetry, Conversation, May, Philosophy, Scandal, Weather)

"The United States is a strong and ardent ally of Israel. The fact of the matter is that friends can disagree. I think what's important is that world leaders are able to sit down with one another, have frank conversations and move forward."
- Valerie Jarrett
(Related: Fact, Friends, Israel, Leaders, states, United, World)

"I cannot forget a conversation that I had with an elderly couple from the tribe. They asked me whether I would kill them after I had finished. When I asked them why they asked that, they replied, Because you white men always do!"
- Roland Joffe
(Related: Men, Conversation, Elderly, Forget)

"Tonight was a great opportunity to take on the political status quo that has given us trillion dollar deficits and put millions out of work. Our objective was to inject some common sense into the conversation among Republicans at a time when business-as-usual simply won't work."
- Gary Johnson
(Related: Time, Work, Business, Opportunity, Common sense, Conversation, Republicans)

"I think it's been the topic of conversation for every one... If the U.S. is hit again, how are we going to handle it? Our troops are all over the place."
- Holly Johnson
(Related: Conversation, Troops)

"I had a long conversation with Steve Carlton. He told me that on the days he pitched, he felt it was his responsibility to make everyone around him better, to lift his teammates. That's what I try to do."
- Randy Johnson
(Related: Conversation, Responsibility)

"The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered, but a general effect of pleasing impression."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Impression, Conversation, Effect, Nothing)

"When a man says he had pleasure with a woman he does not mean conversation."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Conversation, Man, Pleasure, Woman)

"A baby changes your dinner party conversation from politics to poops."
- Maurice Johnstone
(Related: Politics, Baby, Conversation, Party)

"And when I'm writing, I write a lot anyway. I might write pages and pages of conversation between characters that don't necessarily end up in the book, or in the story I'm working on, because they're simply my way of getting to know the characters."
- Norton Juster
(Related: Conversation, End, Writing)

"Shortly after we arrived in Baghdad, we had another conversation with the ambassador. He said that he wanted us to give him the timeline, because we had 90 days to get these prisons operational and transfer responsibility back to the Iraqis."
- Janis Karpinski
(Related: Conversation, Responsibility)

"I mean, the trouble with some of the kind of relationship movies I've done, is there's only so many ways you can shoot a conversation. I was really tired of talking heads."
- Lawrence Kasdan
(Related: Movies, Conversation, Talking, Trouble)

"These charges that have been made against me, that Prof. Prescott has made, has charged against me, that I denied the atonement in conversation with him, are absolutely false."
- John Harvey Kellogg
(Related: Conversation)

"If you're doing an interview, you need conversational tension. After you talk to them, you're not going to have a relationship with them, they're not going to like you, they're not going to be your friend."
- Chuck Klosterman
(Related: Friend, Talk, Tension)

"The planned sit-down reception is an artificial forum where one is presented with a limited number of persons with whom he can hold a conversation."
- Jerzy Kosinski
(Related: Conversation)

"My parents went crazy when they found out that I had gotten the part in Conversations With My Father! I'd never given acting a thought. They were proud of me and very encouraging."
- David Krumholtz
(Related: Thought, Encouraging, Acting, Parents)

"What is reading, but silent conversation."
- Charles Lamb
(Related: Conversation, Reading)

"There are two things in ordinary conversation which ordinary people dislike - information and wit."
- Stephen Leacock
(Related: People, Conversation, Information, Wit)

"Polite conversation is rarely either."
- Fran Lebowitz
(Related: Conversation)

"No animal should ever jump up on the dining-room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation."
- Fran Lebowitz
(Related: Conversation)

"The conversational overachiever is someone whose grasp exceeds his reach. This is possible but not attractive."
- Fran Lebowitz
"It's finding those nonsensical pieces of conversation that we all do all the time. We do all the time. When we're talking on the telephone, there are arguments with people who agree when they both think that they disagree."
- Barry Levinson
(Related: Time, People, Arguments, Conversation, Talking)

"I mean, you go to the internet and you can see all these conversations and arguments that our fans have about our music and that's wonderful to know, that people would take the time to be that involved."
- Alex Lifeson
(Related: Music, Time, People, Arguments, Fans, Internet)

"Ask those who love Him with a sincere love, and they will tell you that they find no greater or prompter relief amid the troubles of their life than in loving conversation with their Divine Friend."
- Alphonsus Liguori
(Related: Life, Love, Friend, Conversation, Will)

"I demand for the unmarried mother, as a sacred channel of life, the same reverence and respect as for the married mother; for Maternity is a cosmic thing and once it has come to pass, our conversation must not be permitted to blaspheme it."
- Ben Lindsey
(Related: Life, Mother, Conversation, Respect)

"I wanted when we began this to have a conversation, the kind that you're able to have, and the only way I knew how to do it was not to have a pre-interview."
- James Lipton
(Related: Conversation)

"No one will ever shine in conversation, who thinks of saying fine things: to please, one must say many things indifferent, and many very bad."
- Francis Lockier
(Related: Conversation, Saying, Will)

"You know what? It's a great conversation starter, right? You meet friends that way. Sometimes it's a good thing. And then other times, I guess, the person is just a little too... then you kind of like want to back away. It depends on the person, you know?"
- Alison Lohman
(Related: Conversation, Friends, Right, Want)

"A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Related: Books, Conversation, Man, Study, Years)

"Food was a constant topic of conversation in our household."
- Paul Lynde
(Related: Food, Conversation)

"My table seats eight, so that's my maximum. Having a small number of guests is the only way to generate good conversation. Besides, your whole house doesn't get wrecked that way."
- Paul Lynde
(Related: Conversation, Guests)

"The dining room in my old house was truly magnificent, but by far the worst room for conversation. I'd get up from the table, a very long table, and somebody would always say, Paul, I never got to talk to you."
- Paul Lynde
(Related: Conversation, Old, Talk)

"It's like breathing in and out to me. It's like having a conversation with someone who isn't there. Because it has to be addressed to somebody - not a particular person, or very rarely."
- Norman MacCaig
(Related: Conversation)

"When you think you're listening to several conversations at once, they tell me, you may really simply be time sharing - that is, listening a little bit to this one, a little bit to that one."
- Murray Gell Mann
(Related: Time, Listening, May, Sharing)

"Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know."
- Andre Maurois
(Related: Conversation)

"A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short."
- Andre Maurois
(Related: Marriage, Conversation)

"Sometimes I wish that I was the weather, you'd bring me up in conversation forever. And when it rained, I'd be the talk of the day."
- John Mayer
(Related: Conversation, Day, Talk, Weather)

"I do expect that the President will say something at the beginning of his remarks today, at the conversation."
- Scott McClellan
(Related: Beginning, Conversation, President, Today, Will)

"He who is silent must be agreed with, for what shall the wings of opposition thresh upon, without the winds of conversation to shoulder them."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Conversation, Opposition)

"The character of a man is known from his conversations."
- Menander
(Related: Character, Man)

"Women have simple tastes. They get pleasure out of the conversation of children in arms and men in love."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Love, Men, Women, Children, Conversation, Pleasure)

"In England only uneducated people show off their knowledge; nobody quotes Latin or Greek authors in the course of conversation, unless he has never read them."
- George Mikes
(Related: People, Knowledge, Conversation, England, Quotes)

"Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness."
- Margaret Millar
"There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for. And questions are the breath of life for a conversation."
- James Nathan Miller
(Related: Life, Conversation, Questions)

"There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Conversation)

"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does."
- Christopher Morley
(Related: Genius, Conversation)

"It's my responsibility, and entirely my fault, Of course I regret it. It's the kind of locker-room conversation we all use, but as prime minister I shouldn't have used it."
- Brian Mulroney
(Related: Conversation, Fault, Regret, Responsibility)

"I find it difficult to imagine an afterlife, such as Christians, or at any rate many religious people, conceive it, believing that the conversations with relatives and friends interrupted here on earth will be continued in the hereafter."
- Edvard Munch
(Related: People, Afterlife, Earth, Friends, Relatives, Religious, Will)

"People say conversation is a lost art; how often I have wished it were."
- Edward R. Murrow
(Related: Art, People, Conversation)

"Well, you know, I think in conversations with members of the Senate and others, they all recognize that the issue of immigration is important. It's important to our nation, it's important to our public safety, it's important to our security, it's important to our economic well-being moving forward. And it's not something that's going to go away."
- Janet Napolitano
(Related: Nation, Public, Safety, Security, Senate)

"I deal with this spiritual issue every day - either shooting or processing or sorting or discussing or having conversations - I'm in constant contact with it."
- Leonard Nimoy
(Related: Day, Spiritual)

"My own view is that taping of conversations for historical purposes was a bad decision on the part of all the presidents. I don't think Kennedy should have done it. I don't think Johnson should have done it, and I don't think we should have done it."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Decision)

"A pas de deux is a dialogue of love. How can there be conversation if one partner is dumb?"
- Rudolf Nureyev
(Related: Love, Conversation, Dumb)

"I spend a good portion of my dinner-party conversation defending America because no matter what the political agenda, it's still a fantastic, amazing place."
- Gwyneth Paltrow
(Related: America, Conversation)

"I grew up in a house full of women: my mother, grandmother, three sisters, and two female cats. And I still have the buzz of their conversations in my head. As an adult, I have more female friends than male ones: I just love the way that women talk."
- James Patterson
(Related: Love, Women, Mother, Cats, Friends, Sisters, Talk)

"I painted one dining room red and I must say, the conversation became very heated in that room."
- Amanda Pays
(Related: Conversation)

"Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation - what are they? They are the happiest people in the world."
- William Lyon Phelps
(Related: Love, Music, People, Development, Books, Company, Conversation, Leisure, World)

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."
- Plato
(Related: Conversation, Play)

"Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory."
- Emily Post
(Related: Thought, Conversation, Oratory, Wit, Worry)

"El Salvador is a democracy so it's not surprising that there are many voices to be heard here. Yet in my conversations with Salvadorans... I have heard a single voice."
- Dan Quayle
(Related: Democracy, Voice)

"I've been in a serious conversation with one of my children, and a fan has come up. I've been in a public bathroom and had the hand come under the stall with a paper and pen. That sort of thing anybody can live without."
- Helen Reddy
(Related: Children, Conversation, Pen, Public)

"My mother was a personal friend of God's. They had ongoing conversations."
- Della Reese
(Related: God, Mother, Friend)

"Not only do I sing to him, I sing entire conversations. You become Jerry Lewis."
- Paul Reiser
"Conversation between Adam and Eve must have been difficult at times because they had nobody to talk about."
- Agnes Repplier
(Related: Conversation, Talk)

"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
(Related: Thought, Conversation)

"If you spend any time in Los Angeles, there's only one topic of conversation."
- Alan Rickman
(Related: Time, Conversation)

"A person isn't who they are during the last conversation you had with them - they're who they've been throughout your whole relationship."
- Rainer Maria Rilke
(Related: Conversation)

"The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than others are saying."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: People, Conversation, Reason, Saying, Thinking)

"Conceit causes more conversation than wit."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Causes, Conceit, Conversation, Wit)

"Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Confidence, Conversation, Wit)

"Part of the joy of dancing is conversation. Trouble is, some men can't talk and dance at the same time."
- Ginger Rogers
(Related: Men, Time, Dance, Conversation, Dancing, Joy, Talk, Trouble)

"You're in the public eye and you just hope that people don't come up and interrupt you while your in the middle of a meal or a conversation or something like that."
- Wayne Rogers
(Related: People, Hope, Conversation, Eye, Public)

"On our watch, the conversation with a would-be suicide bomber will not begin with the words, 'You have the right to remain silent.'"
- Mitt Romney
(Related: Conversation, Right, Suicide, Will, Words)

"I never knew any painter worthy of the name who paid the smallest attention to what a critic says, even in conversation."
- Robert Baldwin Ross
(Related: Attention, Conversation, Name)

"Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts."
- Margaret Lee Runbeck
(Related: Friends, Saying)

"My perfect girl would be pretty mad, but one you can have a conversation with. No one can be too mad for me, the madder the better. I love a crazy chick!"
- Lee Ryan
(Related: Love, Conversation, Pretty)

"In America journalism is apt to be regarded as an extension of history: in Britain, as an extension of conversation."
- Anthony Sampson
(Related: America, Conversation, Journalism)

"The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk."
- George Santayana
(Related: Conversation, Talk)

"I have a contract but it's not a commitment in the ordinary sense. It's our ongoing conversation."
- Diane Sawyer
(Related: Commitment, Conversation, Sense)

"A conversation goes sometimes into personal things and that's nicer. You look to each other and you have a different picture, you get into a relationship."
- Maximilian Schell
(Related: Conversation)

"I just use my muscles as a conversation piece, like someone walking a cheetah down 42nd Street."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
(Related: Conversation, Walking)

"I really don't like going out. I don't like restaurants because I don't like the idea of someone, a waitress, being responsible for my evening. I like seconds, and more, and lots of conversation, and I've always hated the idea that in a restaurant an evening just ends. I find that incredibly depressing."
- Amy Sedaris
(Related: Idea, Being, Conversation, Evening, Restaurants)

"Conversation like television set on honeymoon... unnecessary."
- Peter Sellers
(Related: Conversation, Television)

"The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Power, Conversation, Speech, Trouble)

"She had lost the art of conversation but not, unfortunately, the power of speech."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Art, Power, Conversation, Speech)

"I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Conversation)

"For the novice runner, I'd say to give yourself at least 2 months of consistently running several times a week at a conversational pace before deciding whether you want to stick with it. Consistency is the most important aspect of training at this point."
- Frank Shorter
(Related: Consistency, Months, Running, Training, Want)

"Nicole will come up in conversations where it's in a part of the conversation. Or we may be somewhere and I would tell some story about their mother and I. You know, we always honor her birthday."
- O. J. Simpson
(Related: Birthday, Mother, Conversation, Honor, May, Will)

"People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices."
- George Adam Smith
(Related: People, Conversation, Merriment, Public, Trade)

"And one of our points of continuing conversation with our trading partners is the urgency of their taking steps to remove barriers to their improved growth performance."
- John W. Snow
(Related: Growth, Performance, Conversation)

"I'm attracted to guys who are really confident and make conversation."
- Britney Spears
(Related: Conversation)

"To have God speak to the heart is a majestic experience, an experience that people may miss if they monopolize the conversation and never pause to hear God's responses."
- Charles Stanley
(Related: Experience, God, People, Heart, Conversation, May)

"The prisoners for better security against conversation shall have a canvas bag put over the head of each and tied around the neck, with a holes for proper breathing and eating, but not seeing."
- Edwin M. Stanton
(Related: Conversation, Eating, Security)

"You want people walking away from the conversation with some kernel of wisdom or some kind of impact."
- Harry Dean Stanton
(Related: Wisdom, People, Conversation, Walking, Want)

"The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you're talking about building a house, you're talking about dreams."
- Robert A. M. Stern
(Related: Dreams, Building, Conversation, Talking)

"Writing, when properly managed, (as you may be sure I think mine is) is but a different name for conversation."
- Laurence Sterne
(Related: Conversation, May, Name, Writing)

"Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
(Related: Marriage, Conversation)

"During the course of the seven years I played scenes with an oil slick, I played a scene with a grain of rice. Sometimes with indescribable creatures. I remember having a conversation with something which was simply a smell, that's all. It was part of our job."
- Patrick Stewart
(Related: Conversation, Job, Oil, Years)

"I never had a single conversation about politics with Ross Perot in my life; still haven't."
- James Stockdale
(Related: Politics, Life, Conversation)

"There is one instance that we cite in the report where in one of the conversations a member of organized crime is talking to another member of organized crime and he suggests that Attorney General Kennedy should be murdered."
- Louis Stokes
(Related: Crime, Talking)

"I think that people are definitely interested in the idea that Joan has conversations with God."
- Amber Tamblyn
(Related: God, People, Idea)

"The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation - or a relationship."
- Deborah Tannen
(Related: Mistake, Conversation, Right, Talk)

"For most women, the language of conversation is primarily a language of rapport: a way of establishing connections and negotiating relationships."
- Deborah Tannen
(Related: Women, Conversation, Language, Relationships)

"Each person's life is lived as a series of conversations."
- Deborah Tannen
(Related: Life)

"The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child's home."
- William Temple
(Related: Home, Conversation)

"The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit."
- William Temple
(Related: Humor, Truth, Conversation, First, Sense, Wit)

"There's times when you're having dinner with a good friend and you're in the middle of a conversation and somebody comes up and cuts you off. Can you sign this? Can I take a picture with you? I'm adjusting to all the attention."
- Verne Troyer
(Related: Friend, Attention, Conversation)

"This is what I want in heaven... words to become notes and conversations to be symphonies."
- Tina Turner
(Related: Heaven, Want, Words)

"A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Character, Conversation, Man, May)

"Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Conversation, Effort)

"Sex is a conversation carried out by other means. If you get on well out of bed, half the problems of bed are solved."
- Peter Ustinov
(Related: Sex, Bed, Conversation, Problems)

"It's like that with what sort of ideas people outside of the band have of HIM. They all see it through a different lens as well which is beautiful. Hopefully, it makes it an endless topic of conversation."
- Ville Valo
(Related: People, Ideas, Conversation)

"There is no roles. No one is keeping any roles. The drummer is also answering everybody and everything. So it is a constant conversation and communication between musicians on an extremely high level with extremely valuable material, motifs, and melodies."
- Miroslav Vitous
(Related: Communication, Conversation, Musicians)

"I remember very clearly at the first budget review having a pretty direct conversation with the head of manufacturing... We began to get huge improvements in productivity and responsiveness. I got a chance to see that firsthand."
- Rick Wagoner
(Related: Chance, Conversation, First, Manufacturing, Pretty, Productivity)

"Lettuce is like conversation; it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it."
- Charles Dudley Warner
(Related: Conversation)

"If Nixon is not forced to turn over tapes of his conversations with the ring of men who were conversing on their violations of the law, then liberty will soon be dead in this nation."
- Earl Warren
(Related: Men, Law, Liberty, Nation, Nixon, Will)

"Talking with you is sort of the conversational equivalent of an out of body experience."
- Bill Watterson
(Related: Experience, Body, Talking)

"I always love being in the company of women. It's all about good conversation and great wine."
- Naomi Watts
(Related: Love, Women, Being, Company, Conversation, Wine)

"For the past few years I have engaged in several inappropriate conversations conducted over Twitter, Facebook, e-mail and occasionally on the phone with women I have met online."
- Anthony Weiner
(Related: Women, Past, Years)

"Conversation didn't seem necessary when I put the accordion down and swung some young lady around the floor."
- Lawrence Welk
(Related: Conversation, Lady)

"My accent remained terrible. It was very hard for me to initiate any conversation with someone I didn't know."
- Lawrence Welk
(Related: Conversation)

"There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all."
- Rebecca West
(Related: Conversation, Illusion)

"It is commonly agreed that children spend more hours per year watching television than in the classroom, and far less in actual conversation with their parents."
- Paul Weyrich
(Related: Children, Classroom, Conversation, Parents, Television)

"If other people are going to talk, conversation becomes impossible."
- James Whistler
(Related: People, Conversation, Talk)

"Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Conversation, Weather)

"You can pick out actors by the glazed look that comes into their eyes when the conversation wanders away from themselves."
- Michael Wilding
(Related: Actors, Conversation, Eyes)

"His daughter returned from her boarding school, improved in fashionable airs and expert in manufacturing fashionable toys; but, in her conversation, he sought in vain for that refined and fertile mind which he had fondly expected."
- Emma Willard
(Related: Daughter, Conversation, Manufacturing, Mind, School)

"In Washington, DC, politics dominate even the most casual conversations."
- Armstrong Williams
(Related: Politics, Washington)

"The critical importance of honest journalism and a free flowing, respectful national conversation needs to be had in our country. But it is being buried as collateral damage in a war whose battles include political correctness and ideological orthodoxy."
- Juan Williams
(Related: War, Being, Conversation, Country, Importance, Journalism, Needs)

"To conclude: good journalism is one of the models of good conversation and communication in the wider social context."
- Rowan D. Williams
(Related: Communication, Conversation, Journalism)

"I don't come to tournaments to make friends, to go to parties, to hold conversations. I come to be the best, and I'm not mean and cruel and dirty."
- Venus Williams
(Related: Friends)

"Those who wish well to the State ought to choose to places of trust men of inward principle, justified by exemplary conversation."
- John Witherspoon
(Related: Men, Trust, Conversation, State)

"The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own."
- Virginia Woolf
(Related: Romance)

"Mistresses are like books; if you pore upon them too much, they doze you and make you unfit for company; but if used discreetly, you are the fitter for conversation by em."
- William Wycherley
(Related: Books, Company, Conversation)

"Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought - asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation."
- William Butler Yeats
(Related: Design, Wisdom, Thought, Action, Books, Conversation, Living, May, Nothing, Pride, Waste)

"Congress's definition of torture in those laws - the infliction of severe mental or physical pain - leaves room for interrogation methods that go beyond polite conversation."
- John Yoo
(Related: Congress, Conversation, Laws, Pain)

"But there's not enough time in life to go sit at a party, have a drink, and make idle conversation. There's too many important things to do. Just being together with my husband, spending time alone, which I have very little of."
- Pia Zadora
(Related: Life, Time, HusbBeing, Conversation, Party)