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CONVERSATION
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[ Also see Address Assertions Company Discussion Eloquence Gossip Language Linguists Oratory Repartee Silence Speech Story Telling Talk Talking Tongue Visiting Voice Wit Words ]

In conversation, humor is more than wit, easiness more than knowledge; few desire to learn, or think they need it; all desire to be pleased, or, at least, to be easy.
      - Sir William Temple

The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit.
      - Sir William Temple

They converse as those who know that God hears.
  [Lat., Ita fabulantur ut qui sciant Dominum audire.]
      - Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullian,
        Apologeticus (p. 36), (Ed. Rigalt)

If conversation be an art, like painting, sculpture, and literature, it owes its most power charm to nature; and the least shade of formality or artifice destroys the effect of the best collection of words.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

While we converse with her, we mark
  No want of day, nor think it dark.
      - Edmund Waller

I love any discourse of rivers, and fish and fishing.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
         (pt. I, ch. XVIII)

Lettuce is like conversation; it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.
      - Charles Dudley Warner

If other people are going to talk, conversation becomes impossible.
      - James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you, and at the end of your first season you will have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

A dearth of words a woman need not fear;
  But 'tis a task indeed to learn to hear:
    In that the skill of conversation lies;
      That shows and makes you both polite and wise.
      - Edward Young, Love of Fame
         (satire V, l. 57)

In the sallies of badinage a polite fool shines; but in gravity he is as awkward as an elephant disporting.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann


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