Communication Sayings and Quotes

Communication is key. It’s cheesy, but true. Learning to have productive conversations is harder than it looks. Hone your skills with the collection of wise and insightful communication quotes below.

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

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.

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

Be silent, or say something better than silence


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

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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

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

Peter Drucker

Who you are is speaking so loudly that I can't hear what you're saying.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.     

Robert Frost

The tongue is the only instrument that gets sharper with use.     

Washington Irving

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

Mark Twain

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

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

Many can argue - not many converse.

A. Bronson Alcott

We never listen when we are eager to speak.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

Stanley Horowitz

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.


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.


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

Lawrence Clark Powell

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

There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to     

Michel de Montaigne