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Communication quotes and quotations

The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.
Edward R. Murrow

Lying is done with words and also with silence.
Adrienne Rich

The problem with communication ... is the illusion that it has been accomplished.
George Bernard Shaw

Each mind is pressed, and open every ear, to hear new tidings, though they no way joy us.
Edward Fairfax

Heaven is a place where the wicked cease from troubling you with talk of their personal affairs, and the good listen with attention while you expound your own.
Ambrose Bierce

Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right.
Marie Ebner von Eschenbach

The relationship is the communication bridge between people. -Alfred Kadushin.
Alfred Kadushin

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.
Hubert H. Humphrey

Argument is the worst sort of conversation.
Jonathan Swift

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

Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.
Robert Greeleaf

English is the perfect language for preachers because it allows you to talk until you think of what to say.
Garrison Keillor

Communication is not only the essence of being human, but also a vital property of life.
John A. Piece

To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.
Anthony Robbins

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
Rudyard Kipling

When we have the courage to speak out – to break our silence – we inspire the rest of the "moderates" in our communities to speak up and voice their views.
Sharon Schuster

It is very hard to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings – much harder than to say something fine about them which is not the exact truth.
George Eliot

The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
Joseph Priestley

Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
Kin Hubbard

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?
Clarence Darrow

We shall never be able to remove suspicion and fear as potential causes of war until communication is permitted to flow, free and open, across international boundaries.
Harry S. Truman

The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.
Willa Cather

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.
Rollo May

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
Ernest Hemingway

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk about. -Oscar Wilde.
Oscar Wilde

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. -Indira Gandhi.
Indira Gandhi

If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.
Woodrow Wilson

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

No one would talk much in society, if he knew how often he misunderstands others.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Today, communication itself is the problem. We have become the world's first overcommunicated society. Each year we send more and receive less.
Al Ries

The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
Joseph Priestley

Two monologues do not make a dialogue.
Jeff Daly

We are healed of a suffering only by expressing it to the full.
Marcel Proust

There are men who would quickly love each other if once they were speak to each other; for when they spoke they would discover that their souls had only separated by phantoms and delusions.
Ernest Hello

Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible.
Frank Moore Colby

The art of communication is the language of leadership.
James Humes

Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.
Pearl Buck

Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.
Robert Greenleaf

Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.
Charles Dickens

No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Men and women belong to different species, and communication between them is a science still in its infancy.
Bill Cosby

After all, when you come right down to it, how many people speak the same language even when they speak the same language?
Russell Hoban

Evil communication corrupts good manners. I hope to live to hear that good communication corrects bad manners.
Benjamin Banneker

We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language. Language is not simply a reporting device for experience but a defining framework for it.
Benjamin Whorf

The fantastic advances in the field of electronic communication constitute a greater danger to the privacy of the individual.
Earl Warren

His right and left brain are talking to each other more these days. The one is an atheist Marxist and the other is a Christian socialist.
O Anna Niemus

It's not the same to talk of bulls as to be in the bullring. -Spanish proverb.
Spanish Proverb

Anybody who thinks talk is cheap has never argued with a traffic cop. -Henny Youngman.
Henny Youngman

Most men had rather say a smart thing than do a good one. John P. Kotter, Leading Change -Josh Billings.
Josh Billings

It seemed rather incongruous that in a society of supersophisticated communication, we often suffer from a shortage of listeners.
Erma Bombeck

It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong. Ralph Nichols -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow