No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
You ain't learnin' nothing when you're talking.
There's an app for that.
Managers who are skilled communicators may also be good at covering up real problems.
At last the secret is out, as it always must come in the end,
The delicious story is ripe to tell to the intimate friend;
Over the tea-cups and in the square the tongue has its desire;
Still waters run deep, my dear, there's never smoke without fire.
Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have.
Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly.
Whereas logic is the art of demonstrating truth, eloquence is the gift of winning over people's hearts and minds so that you may inspire them and persuade them in whatever way you choose.
Then you should say what you mean,the March Hare went on.I do,Alice hastily replied;at least - at least I mean what I say - that's the same thing, you know.Not the same thing a bit!said the Hatter.Why, you might just as well say that I see what I eat is the same thing as I eat what I see!
I say what I mean, you hear what I say. That is the end of it.
Wisdom comes with talking less frivolously and listening more seriously. The latter implies a learning attitude; the former assumes an air of omniscience that does not exist.
Words are so futile, so feeble.
Meeting jaw to jaw is better than war.*
To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.*
When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
If you don't say anything you won't be called on to repeat it.
Avoid fight or flight, talk through differences.
Just aslocation, location, locationdefines value in real estate, in business today it's connectivity that equals competitiveness.
If a lady says No, she means Perhaps; if she says Perhaps, she means Yes; if she says Yes, she is no Lady. If a diplomat says Yes, he means Perhaps; if he says Perhaps, he means No; if he says No, he is no Diplomat.
No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.
At office-managerial level ... you do not read more than the first two sentences of any given report. You believe that anything which cannot be put into two sentences is not worth attending to.
Think before you speak is criticism's motto; speak before you think is creation's.
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.
Even the frankest and bravest of subordinates do not talk with their boss the same way they talk with colleagues.
If no thought your mind does visit, make your speech not too explicit.
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
If you haven't struck oil in your first three minutes, stop boring!
A speech is a solemn responsibility. The man who makes a bad thirty-minute speech to two hundred people wastes only a half-hour of his own time. But he wastes one hundred hours of the audience's time - more than four days - which should be a hanging offense.
Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.
The more you talk and listen to a bad character the more you lose your dislike for him.
Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing;
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence.
Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
Let us commence, if we may.
Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
And 'tis remarkable, that they talk most who have the least to say.
Why can we remember the tiniest detail that has happened to us, and not remember how many times we have told it to the same persons?
By creating conversation, we let our customers spread our message by word of mouth.
A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.
Extremists think 'communication' means agreeing with them.
Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.
Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life.
We often say a speaker needs no introduction: what most of them need is a conclusion. In my view, an after-dinner speech - and I've experienced 40,000 of them - needs a good beginning, a good ending, and not much space in between.
Writing, when properly managed (as you may be sure, I think mine is), is but a different name for conversation.
Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
The relationship of the toastmaster to the speaker should be the same as that of the fan to the fan dancer. It should call attention to the subject without making any particular effort to cover it.
There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a talking man having nothing to say.
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
I like hearing myself talk. It is one of my greatest pleasures. I often have long conversations with myself, and I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.