40 Potent Quotes That Remind Us Of The Power Of Conversation

Jul 26, 2022, 6 mins read

Conversations are a catalyst to deeper connections, fresh ideas, and a better understanding of ourselves and our world.

When we have the courage to move beyond small talk and explore people and issues at deeper levels, we grow from the experience.

From boosting our confidence to elevating our self-expression, talking fuels better relationships and our best selves. Conversations also help us get on the same page. In the process, you explore different points of view and air your thoughts so you can each be heard.

It’s true, tough conversations are a journey.

But when held inside a space of love, you always come out the other side better for having them. Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, investing in conversation is a simple way to enhance your life.

What do you love most about conversations?

Check out this collection of thought-provoking quotes. Each reminds us of different aspects of conversation.

  1. Ultimately, the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or friendship, is conversation. β€” Oscar Wilde

  2. A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.β€” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  3. The stronger person is not the one making the most noise but the one who can quietly direct the conversation toward defining and solving problems. β€” Aaron T. Beck

  4. The heart of dialogue is simple - The profoundness is to listen. β€” Lolly Daskal

  5. Good conversation is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. β€” Anne Morrow Lindbergh

  6. One good conversation can shift the direction of the change forever. β€” Linda Lam

  7. A conversation is so much more than words, a conversation is eyes, smiles, the silences between words. β€” Annika Thor

  8. The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. β€” Dorothy Nevil

  9. The right word at the right time will unlock the door to treasures - the wrong one will close it forever. β€” Rasheed Ogunlaru

  10. Night air, good conversation, and a sky full of stars can heal almost any wound. β€” Beau Taplin

  11. The only thing that guarantees an open-ended collaboration among human beings, the only thing that guarantees that this project is truly open-ended, is a willingness to have our beliefs and behaviors modified by the power of conversation. β€” Sam Harris

  12. The great charm of conversation consists less in the display of one's own wit and intelligence than in the power to draw forth the resources of others. — Jean de la Bruyère

  13. Conversation is a catalyst for innovation. β€” John Seely Brown

  14. Conversation doesn’t have to lead to consensus about anything, especially not values; it’s enough that it helps people get used to one another. β€” Kwame Anthony Appiah

  15. Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food. β€” William Hazlitt

  16. Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself. β€” Robin S. Sharma

  17. There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for. And questions are the breath of life for a conversation. β€” James Nathan Miller

  18. Choose to have a conversation with people , rather than talking to people. β€” D.J. Kyos

  19. Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters. β€” Margaret Wheatley

  20. Conversation isn't about proving a point; true conversation is about going on a journey with the people you are speaking with. β€” Ricky Maye

  21. Good conversation can leave you more exhilarated than alcohol; more refreshed than the theater or a concert. It can bring you entertainment and pleasure; it can help you get ahead, solve problems, spark the imagination of others. It can increase your knowledge and education. It can erase misunderstandings, and bring you closer to those you love.β€” Dorothy Sarnoff

  22. Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood. β€” William Shakespeare

  23. Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory. β€” Emily Post

  24. All problems exist in the absence of a good conversation. β€” Thomas Leonard

  25. The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. β€” Peggy O’Mara

  26. Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits. When minds meet, they don't just exchange facts: they transform them, reshape them, draw different implications from them, engage in new trains of thought. Conversation doesn't just reshuffle the cards: it creates new cards. β€” Theodore Zeldin

  27. Conversation is a catalyst for innovation. β€” John Seely Brown

  28. Conversation is good - you might not agree with everyone, but at least it gives you a chance to contemplate someone else's ideas. β€” Brandi Chastain

  29. Good conversation is the equivalent of shared emotion. β€” Marty Rubin

  30. Conversation is much like a tennis game except that in tennis you try to put the ball in the most difficult position for the one who must hit it while in conversation you must try to put it where it will be easy to hit. β€” Margery Wilson

  31. The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you. — Jean de la Bruyère

  32. Put any company of people together with freedom for conversation, and a rapid self-distribution takes place into sets and pairs...All conversation is a magnetic experiment. β€” Ralph Waldo Emerson

  33. It is not what we learn in conversation that enriches us. It is the elation that comes of swift contact with tingling currents of thought. β€” Agnes Repplier

  34. The art of conversation is not knowing what you ought to say, but what one ought not to say. β€” F.L. Lucas

  35. Conversation is an exchange of thoughts that leave all parties to it a grain wiser. β€” Alfred Whitney Griswold

  36. We owe to one another all the wit and good humour we can command; and nothing so clears our mental vistas as sympathetic and intelligent conversation. β€” Agnes Repplier

  37. Learning to speak, therefore, and the power it brings of intelligent converse with others, is a most impressive further step along the path of independence. β€” Maria Montessori

  38. Conversation in its happiest development is a link, equally exquisite and adequate, between mind and mind, a system by which men approach one another with sympathy and enjoyment, a field for the finest amenities of civilization, for the keenest and most intelligent display of social activity. It is also our solace, our inspiration, and our most rational pleasure. It is a duty we owe to one another; it is our common debt to humanity. β€” Agnes Repplier

  39. Choose to focus your time, energy and conversation around people who inspire you, support you and help you to grow you into your happiest, strongest, wisest self. β€” Karen Salmansohn

  40. The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man’s observation, not overturning it. β€” Edward G Bulwer-Lytton

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