Communication Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old communication quotes, communication sayings, and communication proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.     


The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.     

George Bernard Shaw

Communication - the human connection - is the key to personal and career success.     

Paul J. Meyer

To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.     

Tony Robbins

You can talk with someone for years, everyday, and still, it won't mean as much as what you can have when you sit in front of someone, not saying a word, yet you feel that person with your heart, you feel like you have known the person for forever.... connections are made with the heart, not the tongue.

C. JoyBell C.

Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say infinitely when you mean very; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.      

C.S. Lewis

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't being said. The art of reading between the lines is a life long quest of the wise.     

Shannon L. Alder

When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.      

Stephen R. Covey

Precision of communication is important, more important than ever, in our era of hair trigger balances, when a false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act.     

James Thurber

If you have nothing to say, say nothing.

Mark Twain

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere.

Lee Iacocca

Communicate unto the other person that which you would want him to communicate unto you if your positions were reversed.

Aaron Goldman

Be silent, or say something better than silence


Many can argue - not many converse.

A. Bronson Alcott

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.     

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

We never listen when we are eager to speak.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Communication is the solvent of all problems and is the foundation for personal development.     

Peter Shepherd

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something.     

Wilson Mizner

Nothing lowers the level of conversation more than raising the voice.     

Stanley Horowitz

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.


The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.     

Peter Drucker

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

William Butler Yeats

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.


In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.     

Stephen Covey

It's not all about content. It's all about stories. It's not all about stories. It's all about great stories.

Mitch Joel

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

Rollo May

Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow     

Lawrence Clark Powell

The art of communication is the language of leadership.     

James Humes

Communication works for those who work at it.     

John Powell

The two words 'information' and 'communication' are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.     

Sydney J. Harris