If you start a conversation with your mind made up, you may as well not bother.
My common conversation I do acknowledge austere, my behaviour full of rigor, sometimes not without morosity; yet at mydevotion I loveto usethe civility of my knee, my hat, and hand, withall thoseoutward and sensiblemotions which may express or promote my invisible devotion.
In private conversation he tries on speeches like a man trying on ties in his bedroom, to see how he would look in them.
In America journalism is apt to be regarded as an extension of history: in Britain, as an extension of conversation.
People ofthesametradeseldommeettogether, evenfor merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracyagainst the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.Adam Smith
God, the supreme being, is neither circumscribed by space, nor touched by time; he cannot be found in a particular direction, and his essence cannot change. The secret conversation is thus entirely spiritual; it is a direct encounter between God and the soul, abstracted from all material constraints.avicenna
If you control the flow of information, you can control the conversation around important issues. If you can control the conversation, you can change this country.al franken
As a child growing up in the precincts of wealth, and later as a college student, newspaper reporter and resident of New York's Upper East Side, I got used to listening to the talk of financial killings and sexual misalliance that animates the conversation of the rich and the familiars of the rich.lewis h. lapham
It’s true that I wouldn’t have written the first book had my sister and mother been alive. It was my way of continuing our conversation. It’s also this Jewish thing of naming and remembering people, and I think there is a sense of keeping that side of life going.nigella lawson
In America journalism is apt to be regarded as an extension of history: in Britain, as an extension of conversation.anthony sampson
And surely one of the best rules in conversation is, never to say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish had been left unsaid…jonathan swift
Their accents firm and loud in conversation, Their eyes and gestures eager, sharp and quick Showed them prepared on proper provocation To give the lie, pull noses, stab and kick! And for that very reason it is said They were so very courteous and well-bred.john hookham frere
Enthusiasm is achieved chiefly by means of provocations. In these cases, something inside of us resonates vibrantly with something outside. / The form of the provocation be it book, music, sporting event, conversation matters insofar as it might help to us find these sources of resonance.carson cistulli
I want to make sure every House Republican is protected from some kind of dishonest Democratic ad. So let me say on the record, any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood. Because I have said publicly those words were inaccurate and unfortunate and I'm prepared to stand up and When I make a mistake and I'm going to on occasion I want to share with the American people "that was a mistake" because that way we can have an honest conversation.newt gingrich
The problem with faith, is that it really is a conversation stopper. Faith is a declaration of immunity to the powers of conversation. It is a reason , why you do not have to give reasons, for what you believe .sam harris
Though the managing ourselves well in this part of our behavior has the name good-breeding , as if a peculiar effect of education; yet... young children should not be much perplexed about it... Teach them humility, and to be good-natur'd, if you can, and this sort of manners will not be wanting; civility being in truth nothing but a care not to shew any slighting or contempt of any one in conversation.john locke
One does not paint for design students or historians but for human beings, and the reaction in human terms is the only thing that is really satisfactory to the artist. (in conversation with W.C. Seitz, fh)mark rothko
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.
Sitting with my gin or whisky afterwards I would often manage to get into conversation with some lonely man or other – usually an exile like myself – and the talk would be about the world, air-routes and shipping-lines, drinking-places thousands of miles away. Then I felt happy, felt I had come home, because home to people like me is not a place but all places, all places except the one we happen to be in at the moment.
In conversation avoid the extremes of forwardness and reserve.
There is, however, nothing wanting to the idleness of a philosopher but a better name, and that meditation, conversation, and reading should be called “work.”
A dearth of words a woman need not fear; But 'tis a task indeed to learn to hear: In that the skill of conversation lies; That shows or makes you both polite and wise.Edward Young
I like football. I find its an exciting strategic game. It's a great way to avoid conversation with your family at Thanksgiving.craig ferguson
No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.christopher morley
One is always wrong to open a conversation with the devil, for, however he goes about it, he always insists on having the last word.
conversation like television set on honeymoon... unnecessary.Peter Sellers
As a protective mechanism, I developed a terse, cynical mode of speech that rebuffed those who sought to get too close to me. conversation was my way of avoiding expression; my words were reserved for those times when I sat down alone to write. My face was always a deadpan or a mask of general friendliness; no word or event could jar me into a gesture of enthusiasm or despair.richard wright