conversation

A Quote by Elizabeth Drew on conversation, mind, and travel

Travel, instead of broadening the mind, often merely lengthens the conversation.

Elizabeth Drew

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A Quote by Edward Gibbon on conversation, genius, schools, solitude, and understanding

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

Edward Gibbon (1737 - 1794)

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A Quote by Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton on conversation, observation, and spirit

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

Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton (1803 - 1873)

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A Quote by Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas on conversation and understanding

What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming.

Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917)

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A Quote by Edgar Albert Guest on beginning, charity, charm, children, conversation, day, death, duty, earth, faith, fame, fatherhood, god, gold, greatness, hope, joy, lies, life, love, men, purity, selfishness, sons, spirit, work, world, worship, and wor

We've never seen the father here, but we have known the son, The finest type of manhood since the world was first begun, And summing up the works of God, I write with reverent pen. The greatest is the son he sent to cheer the lives of men. Through him we leaned the ways of God, and found the father's love; The son it was who won us back to him who reigns above. Our God did not come down himself to prove to men his worth, He sought our worship through the child he placed upon the earth. But be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, In spirit, in faith, in purity. How can I best express my life? Wherein does greatness lie: How can I long remembrance win, since I am born to die? Both fame and gold are selfish things; their charms may quickly flee, But I'm the father of a boy who came to speak for me. In him lies all I hope to be; his splendor shall be mine; I shall have done man's greatest work if only he is fine. If some day he shall help the world long after I am dead, In all that men shall say of him my praises shall be said, It matters not what I may win of fleeting gold or fame, My hope of joy depends alone on what my boy shall claim. My story must be told through him; for him I work and plan, Man's greatest duty is to be the father of a man.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881 - 1959)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Dwight Macdonald on conversation

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

Dwight Macdonald (1906 - ?)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on contentment, conversation, impatience, listening, people, persuasion, reflection, and wishes

One thing which makes us find so few people who appear reasonable and agreeable in conversation is, that there is scarcely anyone who does not think more of what he is about to say than of answering precisely what is said to him. The cleverest and most complaisant people content themselves with merely showing an attentive countenance, while we can see in their eyes and minds a wandering from what is said to them, and an impatience to return to what they wish to say; instead of reflecting that it is a bad method of pleasing or persuading others to be so studious of pleasing oneself; and that listening well and answering well is one of the greatest perfections that can be attained in conversation.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on confidence, conversation, and wit

Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on conversation, men, mind, pleasure, and reason

The reason so few men can carry on a sensible and agreeable conversation is that there is hardly one but thinks more of what he himself intends to say than of what is being said to him by others. Sometimes even the cleverest and politest man only feigns attention, while we can see by his eyes that his mind has gone back to polish up his own remarks. He does not consider that the worst way to win over others is to talk for his own pleasure, and that the best conversationalist is he who listens with care and answers to the point.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on conceit, conversation, and wit

Conceit causes more conversation than wit.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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