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A closed mouth gathers no foot. - Proverb

A dialogue is more than two monologues. - Max Kampelman

A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience. - John Updike

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
- Winston Churchill

Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use. - Wendell Johnson

Arguing with a fool only proves that there are two. - Unknown

Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you into trouble. - Frank Tyger

Be brief, for no discourse can please when too long. - Miguel de Cervantes

Before speaking, consider the interpretation of your words as well as their intent.
- Andrew Alden

Communication - the human connection - is the key to personal and career success.
- Paul J Meyer

Criticisms are like homing pigeons. They always return home. - Dale Carnegie

Discretion is being able to raise your eyebrow instead of your voice. - Unknown

Do not speak unless you can improve the silence. - Edmund Muskie

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

Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again. - Andre Gide

I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain. - Lily Tomlin

It ain’t whatcha say, it’s the way howcha say it. - Louis Armstrong

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt. - Abraham Lincoln

It takes only two years to learn to talk but a lifetime to learn to keep your mouth shut.
- Unknown

Learn to express rather than impress. - Jim Rohn

Let thy speech be short, comprehending much in a few words. - Aprocrypha

Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf. - American Indian proverb

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery. - Dr Joyce Brothers

Make somebody happy today. Mind your own business. - Ann Landers

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

Most of us know how to say nothing, but few of us know when. - Mike Lerner

Never miss an opportunity to shut up. - Mark Twain

Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid. - Mark Twain

One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of attention. - Jim Rohn

One who cares is one who listens. - J Richard Clarke

Profanity is the common crutch of the conversational cripple. - David Keuck

Remember that how you say something is as important as what you say. - H. Jackson Brown

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. - Dalai Lama

Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer. - Muhammad Ali

Some people will believe anything if it’s whispered to them. - Unknown

Speak comfortable words. - William Shakespeare

Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both. - John Andrew Holmes

Talk less. Listen more. Tune in to eternal wisdom from deep within. - Philip Arnold

Tart words make no friends. A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar. - Benjamin Franklin

The art of giving advice is to make the recipient believe he thought of it himself. - Frank Tyger

The basic building block of good communication is the feeling that every human being is unique and of value. - Unknown

The basic rule of human nature is that powerful people speak slowly and subservient people quickly - because if they don’t speak fast enough, nobody will listen to them.
- Michael Caine

The greatest compliment ever paid me was when someone asked what I thought, and attended to my answer. - Henry David Thoreau

The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention. - Richard Moss

The less you talk, the more others will pay attention to you! - Larry James

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
- Thomas Jefferson

The process of criticism should begin with praise and honest appreciation. - Dale Carnegie

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. - Mark Twain

The spoken word is like a sped arrow that cannot be recalled. - Lord Mason

There are always more people who prefer to speak than to listen. - Paul Dirac

There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all. - Unknown

There are times when silence has the loudest voice. - Leroy Brownlow

There are times when silence is the most sacred of responses. - Eugene Kennedy

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. - William Yeats

To disagree, one doesn't have to be disagreeable. - Barry Goldwater

To seduce most anyone, ask for and listen to his opinion. - Malcolm Forbes

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
- Epictetus

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

When you are arguing with a fool, make sure he isn’t doing the same. - Unknown

Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you. - Spanish Proverb

Wisdom comes in ten parts, nine of which are silence. The tenth is brevity of language.
- Scottish proverb

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. - Plato

You ain’t learnin’ nothin’ when you’re doin’ all the talkin’. - Lyndon B Johnson

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