The more perfect the understanding between men, the less need of words.
-- Emerson

Writing is a struggle against silence.
-- Carlos Fuentes

Never mistake legibility for communication.
-- David Carson

The reason God gave us two ears and one mouth is so that we may listen more and talk less.
-- Diogenes

Discussion is an exchange of knowledge, argument is an exchange of ignorance.
-- Anonymous

A wise old owl sat on an oak;
The more he saw, the less he spoke;
The less he spoke, the more he heard.
Why aren't we like that wise old bird?
-- Anonymous

Never rise to speak till you have something to say; and when you have said it, cease.
-- Witherspoon

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
-- Plato

The greatest problem in communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished.
-- George Bernard Shaw

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

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

-- Naguib Mahfouz

When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.
-- Henry Kaiser

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.
-- Peter F. Drucker

You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
-- Dale Carnegie

If you want to build a ship, then don't drum up men to gather wood, give orders, and divide the work. Rather, teach them to yearn for the far and endless sea.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I'll remember. Involve me and I'll understand.
-- Confucius

It is insight into human nature that is the key to the communicator's skill.
For whereas the writer is concerned with what he puts into his writing,
the communicator is concerned with what the reader gets out of it.

-- William Bernbach

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
-- Henry David Thoreau

Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers.
-- Robert Half

The truth isn't the truth until people believe you, and they can't believe you if they don't know what you're saying, and they can't know what you're saying if they don't listen to you,
and they won't listen to you if you're not interesting, and you won't be interesting
unless you say things imaginatively, originally, and freshly.

-- William Bernbach

If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That's all it takes to get people to win football games for you.
-- Paul William "Bear" Bryant

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
-- Abraham Lincoln

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
-- Carl W. Buechner