Quotations about communication. People are social beings, and we need communication to live in relationship with each other. The challenge of communication is that we are also diverse individuals with different experiences, so what we are trying to communicate may not be exactly what the other person receives.

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Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.

— Germaine Greer

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.

— Heinrich Heine

Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else … Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.

— Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

Knowledge can be communicated by not wisdom.

— Hermann Hesse

Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.

— Jack Kornfield, (an attempt to characterize the Buddha’s teachings)

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture and, if possible, speak a few reasonable words.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There’s all the difference in the world between having something to say, and having to say something.

— John Dewey

The only reason to give a speech is to change the world.

— John F. Kennedy

To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well.

— John Marshall

To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well.

— John Marshall

Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.

— Jorge Luis Borges

‘What will they think of me?’ must be put aside for bliss.

— Joseph Campbell

When we aren’t curious in conversations, we judge, tell, blame and even shame, often without even knowing it, which leads to conflict.

— Kirsten Siggins

Parents, choose your words wisely, carefully, thoughtfully. In the same way that violence begets violence and anger begets anger, kindness begets kindness and peace begets peace. Sow words of peace, words that build, words that show respect and belief and support.

— L.R. Knost, Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood

People change and forget to tell each other.

— Lillian Hellman, Toys in the Attic, 1960

The general rule of law is, that the noblest of human productions — knowledge, truths ascertained, conceptions, and ideas — become, after voluntary communication to others, free as the air to common use.

— Louis D. Brandeis

I got well by talking. Death could not get a word in edgewise, grew discouraged, and traveled on.

— Louise Erdrich

[A]ll change, even very large and powerful change, begins when a few people start talking with one another about something they care about.

— Margaret J. Wheatley

Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right.

— Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Every criticism, judgment, diagnosis, and expression of anger is the tragic expression of an unmet need.

— Marshall Rosenberg

While we may not consider the way we talk to be ‘violent,’ words often lead to hurt and pain, whether for others or ourselves.

— Marshall Rosenberg

If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.

— Moshe Dayan

There is no guarantee that starting a small conversation will lead to something larger. But the failure to take any step at all, no matter how small, comes with an ironclad guarantee that we will not be part of helping change happen.

— Parker J. Palmer

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.

— Plato

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 well-intentioned words.

— Rachel Naomi Remen

Conversation is a game of circles. In conversation we pluck up the termini which bound the common of silence on every side.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The internet and online communication is the window into your world – but real life, in person communication / connection is the door.

— Rasheed Ogunlaru

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

— Richard Lingard

Bad human communication leaves us less room to grow.

— Rowan D. Williams

Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates:
At the first gate, ask yourself, “Is it true?”
At the second gate ask, “Is it necessary?”
At the third gate ask, “Is it kind?”

— Rumi (attributed)
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