Compiled by Mia Inderbitzin
It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom
Oliver Wendell Holmes
It seemed rather incongruous that in a society of supersophisticated
communication, we often suffer from a shortage of listeners.
Its good to shut up sometimes.
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
Dr. Joyce Brothers
Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice
as much as we speak.
People say conversation is a lost art; how often I have wished
Edward R. Murrow
The colossal misunderstanding of our time is the assumption
that insight will work with people who are unmotivated to change. Communication
does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on
the emotional context in which the message is being heard. People can only hear
you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words
are pursuing them. Even words lose their power when they are used to overpower.
Attitudes are the real figures of speech.
Edwin H. Friedman
Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The right to be heard does not automatically include the right
to be taken seriously.
Hubert H. Humphrey
There is more than a verbal tie between the words common, community,
Try the experiment of communicating, with fullness and accuracy, some experience to another,
especially if it be somewhat complicated, and you will find your own attitude toward your experience changing.
Argument is the worst sort of conversation.
The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
Dont knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldnt
start a conversation if it didnt change once in a while.
We are healed of a suffering only by expressing it to the full.
One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today
is that people talk too much and think too little.
They act impulsively without thinking.
I always try to think before I talk.
Margaret Chase Smith
Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both
Marie Ebner von Eschenbach
I quote others only in order the better to express myself.
Michel de Montaigne
Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.
Pearl S. Buck
The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person
is to listen. Just listen.
Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention .
A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most
Rachel Naomi Remen
Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.
Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding,
intimacy and mutual valuing.
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.