An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





You people are telling me what you think I want to know.  I want to know what is actually happening.


Creighton Abrams (1914-1974, American general, commander of forces in Vietnam)


For parlor use, the vague generality is a life saver.


George Ade (1866-1944, American humorist, playwright)


Pure truth cannot be assimilated by the crowd; it must be communicated by contagion.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


The art of conversation consists as much in listening politely, as in talking agreeably.


George Atwell


Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


I've not got a first in philosophy without being able to muddy things pretty satisfactory.


John Banham (British director general of Confederation of Industry)


I've not got a first in philosophy without being able to muddy things pretty satisfactory.


John Banham (British director general of Confederation of Industry)


The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself.


Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965, American financier)


For good or ill, your conversation is your advertisement. Every time you open your mouth you let men look into your mind. Do they see it well clothed, neat, businesswise?


Bruce Burton


The royal road to a man's heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


If you cry "Forward" you must be sure to make clear the direction in which to go. Don't you see that if you fail to do that and simply call out the word to a monk and a revolutionary, they will go in precisely opposite directions?


Anton Chekhov (1860-1904, Russian playwright, short story writer)


Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible.


Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925, American editor, essayist)


Two monologues do not make a dialogue.


Jeff Daly


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 (1812-1870, British novelist)


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


Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)


The really important things are said over cocktails and are never done.


Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)


Communication technology keeps getting in the way of communication.


Kyle Eastham (American speaker who helps people not  to be average, author)

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Something there is that doesn't love a wall, and wants it down.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


When the eyes say one thing, and the tongue another, a practiced man relies on the language of the first.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die.


Edward M. Forster (1879-1970, British novelist, essayist)


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.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Anecdotes and maxims are rich treasures to the man of the world, for he knows how to introduce the former at fit place in conversation.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Every absurdity has a champion to defend it; for error is always talkative.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


I've noticed two things about men who get big salaries. They are almost invariably men who, in conversation or in conference, are adaptable. They quickly get the other fellow's view. They are more eager to do this than to express their own ideas. Also, they state their own point of view convincingly.


John Hallock


The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively, but says nothing.


Henry S. Haskins


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


Giving half answers won't make the conversation half as long.


Dave Johnson


The art of communication is the language of leadership.


James Humes (American lawyer, speaker, author)


A world community can exist only with world communication, which means something more than extensive short-wave facilities scattered about the globe. It means common understanding, a common tradition, common ideas, and common ideals.


Robert M. Hutchins (1899-1977, American university president)


The tongue is the only instrument that gets sharper with use.


Washington Irving (1783-1859, American author)


Communication across the revolutionary divide is inevitably partial.


Thomas S. Kuhn


I feel that if a person has problems communicating, the very least he can do is to shut up.


Tom Lehrer (1928-, American humorist, singer, song writer)


I wish people who have trouble communicating would just shut up!


Tom Lehrer (1928-, American humorist, singer, song writer)


He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I ever met.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


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


Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001, American author)


There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse.


John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher)


It must be that evil communications corrupt good dispositions.


Menander of Athens (BC 342-291, Greek dramatic poet)


Good, the more communicated, more abundant grows.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


We always speak well when we manage to be understood.


Jean Baptiste Moliere (1622-1673, French playwright)


It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


There is no pleasure to me without communication; there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Communication is everyone's panacea for everything.


Thomas J. Peters (1942-, American management consultant, author, lecturer)


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


John A. Piece


Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.


Pope Boniface VIII


It's vital the monarchy keeps in touch with the people. It's what I try and do.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


The people who talk the best are not the only ones who can tell you the most interesting things.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Of what does not concern you say nothing good or bad.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


If anyone is not willing to accept your point of view, try to see his point of view.


Lebanese Proverb (Sayings of Lebanese origin)


The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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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 (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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Don't hide your strategy under a bushel. Communicate it throughout your company. It's better today to disclose too much that too little.


Joel E. Ross


Extremists think "communication" means agreeing with them.


Leo C. Rosten (1908-1997, Polish-born American political scientist)


Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, transport of flickering pictures -- in this century, as in others, our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing men together.


Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


Communication is a two-way street. And while we revel in the reality that we can always get through to heaven, our concern should be whether our Lord can always get through to us.


Joseph Stowell


Communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or typing. If you're willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of very part of your life.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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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 (1884-1972, American President (33rd))


A phoneless cord is a great device for people who love peace and quiet.


Author Unknown


Communication is depositing a part of yourself in another person.


Author Unknown


From listening comes wisdom and from speaking, repentance.


Author Unknown


Get in touch with the way the other person feels. Feelings are 55% body language, 38% tone and 7% words.


Author Unknown


In the last analysis, what we ARE communicates far more eloquently than anything we SAY.


Author Unknown


Ninety-nine percent of all problems in communications start with misunderstandings which develop as a result of differing viewpoints and conditioning.


Author Unknown


The careful application of terror is also a form of communication.


Author Unknown


To express the most difficult matters clearly and intelligently, is to strike coins out of pure gold.


Author Unknown


Use non-verbal communication to SOFTEN the hard-line position of others: S = Smile O = Open Posture F = Forward Lean T = Touch E = Eye Contact N = Nod.


Author Unknown


What is the shortest word in the English language that contains the letters: abcdef? Answer: feedback. Don't forget that feedback is one of the essential elements of good communication.


Author Unknown


You know how you hate to be interrupted, so why are you always doing it to me?


Author Unknown


The higher you go, the wider spreads the network of communication that will make or break you. It extends not only to more people below, but to new levels above. And it extends all around, to endless other departments and interests interacting with yours.


Donald Walton


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


Earl Warren (1891-1974, American politician, judge)


Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but is also their means of communication. It is the same with us and God. Every separation is a link.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


Unless people can be kept in the dark, it is best for those who love the truth to give them the full light.


Richard Whately (1787-1863, British prelate, writer)


The whole problem is to establish communication with ones self.


Elwyn Brooks White (1899-1985, American author, editor)


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