I’ve only ever learned things through experience, reading real books or talking to old people.
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
War talk by men who have been in a war is always interesting; whereas moon talk by a poet who has not been in the moon is likely to be dull.
One person seeks a midwife for his thoughts; the other, someone he can assist. Here is the origin of a good conversation.
He had a good memory, and a tongue tied in the middle. This a combination which gives immortality to conversation.
The conversation of Johnson is strong and clear, and may be compared to an antique statue, where every vein and muscle is distinct and bold. Ordinary conversation resembles an inferior cast.
There is nothing so annoying as to have two people go right on talking when you’re interrupting. (often erroneously attributed to Mark Twain)
For let me tell you, that the more the pleasures of the body fade away, the greater to me is the pleasure and charm of conversation.
Lettuce is like conversation; it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.
Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory.