Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.
I distrust the incommunicable; it is the source of all violence.
When all other means of communication fail, try words.
After all, when you come right down to it, how many people speak the same language even when they speak the same language?
Sometimes I speak to men and women just as a little girl speaks to her doll. She knows of course that the doll does not understand her, but she creates for herself the joy of communication through a pleasant and conscious self -deception.
A world community can exist only with world communication, which means something more than extensive shortwave facilities scattered about the globe. It means common understanding, a common tradition, common ideas, and common ideals.
A man is like a phonograph with half a dozen records. You soon get tired of them all; and yet you have to sit at the table whilst he reels them off to every new visitor.
The tongue is the only tool that gets sharper with use.
Brisk talkers are usually slow thinkers. There is, indeed, no wild beast more to be dreaded than a communicative man having nothing to communicate. If you are civil to the voluble, they will abuse your patience; if brusque, your character.
All discourse of which others cannot partake is not only an irksome usurpation of the time devoted to pleasure and entertainment, but, what never fails to excite resentment, an insolent assertion of superiority, and a triumph over less enlightened understandings. The pedant is, therefore, not only heard with weariness but malignity; and those who conceive […]