Conversation Sayings and Quotes

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

One good conversation can shift the direction of change forever.     

Linda Lambert

It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.     

Yogi Berra

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

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Nothing compares to a beautiful conversation with a beautiful mind.     


Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.     

Margaret Wheatley

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.     

Oscar Wilde

Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing.     

Oscar Wilde

Whether in conversation we generally agree or disagree with others is largely a matter of habit: the one tendency makes as much sense as the other.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.     

Dorothy Nevill

The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk.     

George Santayana

Conversation isn't about proving a point; true conversation is about going on a journey with the people you are speaking with.     

Ricky Maye

In conversation avoid the extremes of forwardness and reserve.     

John Byrom

Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits. When minds meet, they don't just exchange facts: they transform them, reshape them, draw different implications from them, engage in new trains of thought. Conversation doesn't just reshuffle the cards: it creates new cards.     

Theodore Zeldin

The conversation between your fingers and someone else's skin. This is the most important discussion you can ever have.     

Iain Thomas

Conversation is a catalyst for innovation.     

John Seely Brown

Good conversational debate is an end in itself, and talking for the love of conversation is what makes us human.     

Bryce Courtenay

One way to prevent conversation from being boring is to say the wrong thing .     

Frank Sheed

Conversation is king. Content is just something to talk about.     

Cory Doctorow

The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered, but a general effect of pleasing impression.     

Samuel Johnson

Conversation, like certain portions of the anatomy, always runs more smoothly when lubricated.     

Marquis De Sade

Conversation is good you might not agree with everyone, but at least it gives you a chance to contemplate someone else's ideas.     

Brandi Chastain

Good conversation is the equivalent of shared emotion.     

Marty Rubin

Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness.     

Margaret Millar

Every good conversation starts with good listening.     


A conversation is so much more than words: a conversation is eyes, smiles, and the silence between word.     

Annika Thor

Conversation means being able to disagree and still continue the discussion.     

Dwight Macdonald

The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit.     

William Temple

Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.     

Edward Gibbon

The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it.     

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Deep conversations with the right people are priceless.     


A real conversation always contains an invitation. You are inviting another person to reveal herself or himself to you, to tell you who they are or what they want.     

David Whyte

Conversation doesn't have to lead to consensus about anything especially not values; it's enough that it helps people get used to one another     

Kwame Anthony Appiah

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Conversation is much like a tennis game except that in tennis you try to put the ball in the most difficult position for the one who must hit it while in conversation you must try to put it where it will be easy to hit.     

Margery Wilson

A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.     

Mark Twain

In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge.     

George Herbert

The best kind of conversation is that which may be called thinking aloud.     

William Hazlitt

Conversation succeeds conversation, Until there's nothing left to talk about Except truth, the perennial monologue, And no talker to dispute it but itself.     

Laura Riding

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.     


Let the conversation flow at its own pace, don't try to rush it or control it. You need to let go and be part of the conversation.     

Max Weiss

Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.     

William Shakespeare

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 Bruyère