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

You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life     

Zig Ziglar

I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.     

Albert Einstein

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.     

Franklin D. Roosevelt

For effective communication think about how your speech is perceived than in what you are actually saying.     

Byron Rivers

We take communication for granted because we do it so frequently, but it's actually a complex process.     

Joseph Sommerville

Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.     

Jim Rohn

Communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or typing. If you're willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.     

Brian Tracy

To have much learning, to be skillful in handicraft, well-trained in discipline, and to be of good speech -- this is the greatest blessing.     


I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.     

Jane Austen

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

Paul J. Meyer

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

Stephen Covey

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

Rollo May

The art of communication is the language of leadership.     

James Humes

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

Paul J. Meyer

Think first. Talk less. Start today.     

Charles Swindoll

Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers.     

Lee Brown

Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.     

Jack Kornfield

When we speak, in gestures or signs, we fashion a real object in the world; the gesture is seen, the words and the song are heard. The arts are simply a kind of writing, which, in one way or another, fixes words or gestures, and gives body to the invisible.     


If you can talk about it, why paint it?      

Francis Bacon

Communication is the soul of management: analysis and solid decisions translated into clear messages that influence people to act and feel good about their performance.     

Dianna Booher

Communication makes the top three in many list today. The most important in happy marriages. The most essential element in raising well-adjusted teens. The most vital skill in job-interviewing success. The greatest problem voiced by political parties in gaining support for their candidate.      

Dianna Booher

Communication is the core of leadership: clear messages that inspire people to act.      

Dianna Booher

Communication skills in our everyday lives and relationships create the difference between misery and defeat or success.      

Dianna Booher

Small talk means having a little loose change in your pocket. Like quarters at a pay phone, dimes at a gum dispenser, or dollars at a toll booth. It'll come in handy when you least expect it. When it comes to small talk, know when to jiggle it, spend it, or save it.      

Dianna Booher

Communication breakdown / See us standing on the other side / Communication breakdown / Our heads up high - united for the fight     

Arvid Zemke

Communication is the key to life / Communication is the key to love / Communication is the key to us     

Dallas Austin

Affinity and communication / That is reality / Understanding is the first thing / It means so much to me     

Van Morrison

Communication is hard to establish / When things like a state of mind get in the way     

Allan Joseph Mccarthy

Communication is more than just words / communication is architecture / Because of course it is quite obvious that a house which would be built without that / Will that desire to communicate, would not look the way your house looks today     

Nora Patterson

Communication is a skill you must acquire / it will help you through your life, it is essential     

Cathal Joseph Smyth

Communication is the key to our happiness / If we just talk about it / Maybe we can make some sense     

Alfred C. Antoine

Communication is never simple / Especially when it's you that's on the receiving end / As memories start to fade     

Victoria Hesketh

Communication is the transfer of emotion.     

Seth Godin

Communication goes beyond the words we choose.     

Tony Jeary

Communication is so much better when people are vulnerable.     

A. J. McLean

Good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity.     

Nat Turner

Silence is a form of communication, too. Sometimes less is more.     

Pat Summitt

Communication must become total and conscious before we can stop it.     

William S. Burroughs

Communication is about being effective, not always about being proper.     

Bo Bennett

If you think communication is all talking, you haven't been listening.     

Ashleigh Brilliant

True communication is communion- the realization of oneness, which is love.     

Eckhart Tolle

Communication is at the very core of our society. That's what makes us human.     

Jan Koum

My belief is that communication is the best way to create strong relationships.     

Jada Pinkett Smith

Never mind your intentions. Communication is about what others hear with your words.     

Dianna Booher

Communication is mutual feeling with someone, not a didactic process of information.     

Robert Creeley

Communication is something so simple and difficult that we can never put it in simple words.     

T.S. Mathews

Understanding comes through communication, and through communication we find the way to peace.     

Ralph C. Smedley

Honest communication is built on truth and integrity and upon respect of the one for the other.     

Benjamin E. Mays

Art is a technique of communication. The image is the most complete technique of all communication.     

Claes Oldenburg