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The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.

No one will ever shine in conversation, who thinks of saying fine things: to please, one must say many things indifferent, and many very bad.
Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
No one is qualified to converse in public except those contented to do without such conversation.
I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.
The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered but a general effect of pleasing impression.
There is nothing that exasperates people more than a display of superior ability or brilliance in conversation. They seem pleased at the time, but their envy makes them curse the conversationalist in their heart.
If you ever have to support a flagging conversation, introduce the topic of eating.
And when you stick on conversation's burrs, don't strew your pathway with those dreadful urs.
In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge.
You guys are both saying the same thing. The only reason you're arguing is because you're using different words. Conversation in a dorm room quoted in Language in Thought and Action,
Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for competitors.
In conversation the game is, to say something new with old words. And you shall observe a man of the people picking his way along, step by step, using every time an old boulder, yet never setting his foot on an old place.
Things said for conversation are chalk eggs. Don't say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
No collection of people who are all waiting for the same thing are capable of holding a natural conversation. Even if the thing they are waiting for is only a taxi.
I would rather take hellebore than spend a conversation with a good, little man.
I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull.
Reply to wit with gravity, and to gravity with wit.
Repartee is perfect when it effects its purpose with a double edge. It is the highest order of wit, as it indicates the coolest yet quickest exercise of genius, at a moment when the passions are roused.
Talk ought always to run obliquely, not nose to nose with no chance of mental escape.
A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech.
Talking to Laren is like smoking weed: you feel good for a while, but then you feel retarded because you realize you lost brain cells in the process.
Everybody talks, but there is no conversation.