Mary Greer Conklin

Conversation / What to Say and How to Say it

    Benjamin Gripenberghas quoted6 years ago
    Without the personal interest in the affairs of others which makes gossip possible, there would be no fellowship or warmth in life; social intercourse and conversation would be inhuman and lifeless.
    b5512132063has quoted14 days ago
    o you got to the inn, and what then?"
    Stefani Moraeshas quoted2 months ago
    o the conclusion that the aim of conversation is to distract, to interest, to amuse; not to teach nor to be taught, unless incidentally. In good conversation people give their charm, their gaiety, their humor, certainly--and their wisdom, if they will
    Stefani Moraeshas quoted2 months ago
    they talked at people instead of talking with them
    Stefani Moraeshas quoted2 months ago
    only know that it is worse not to wish to do well
    Stefani Moraeshas quoted2 months ago
    than not to know how.
    Hunaina Hussainhas quoted5 months ago
    personal and universal, and in turn to listen to the sentiments of others regarding the ideas advanced.
    Hunaina Hussainhas quoted5 months ago
    Conversation is the interchange of ideas; it is the willingness to communicate thought on all subjects,
    b9440501221has quoted7 months ago
    They run through all subjects that each may have something to say; they exhaust no subject for fear of tiring their hearer; they propose their themes casually and they treat them rapidly; each succeeding subject grows naturally out of the preceding one; each talker delivers his opinion and supports it briefly; no one attacks with undue heat the supposition of another, nor defends obstinately his own; they examine in order to enlighten, and stop before the discussion becomes a dispute.
    Gulshan Jabihas quoted8 months ago
    There is no greater bore in society than the person who agrees with everybody.
    Gulshan Jabihas quoted10 months ago
    Some people conceive an everlasting opposition between politeness and earnest discussion. Politeness consists, they think, in always saying, "yes, yes," or at most a non-committal "indeed?" to every word addrest to them. This is apt to be our American vice of conversation, where, for lack of courage in taking up discussion, talk often falls into a series of anecdotes. In Germany the tendency is to be swept away in discussion to the point of a verbal dispute.
    b1901966932has quotedlast year
    In society Browning was delightful in his talk.
    a.yhas quotedlast year
    talked at people instead of talking with them
    missninahas quotedlast year
    "A man of culture," says Mr. Robert Waters, "is not intolerant of opposition. He frankly states his views on any given subject, without hesitating to say wherein he is ignorant or doubtful, and he is ready for correction and enlightenment wherever he finds it." Such a man never presses his hearers to accept his views; he not only tolerates but considers opposed opinions and listens attentively and respectfully to them.
    missninahas quotedlast year
    never using when I advanced anything that might possibly be disputed, the words 'certainly,' 'undoubtedly,' or any others that give the air of positiveness to an opinion, but rather say, 'it appears to me,' or 'I should think it so-and-so, for such-and-such a reason,' or 'I imagine it to be so,' or it is so 'if I am not mistaken.'"
    missninahas quotedlast year
    Unyielding obstinacy in discussion is deadening to conversation, and yet the extreme contrary is crippling.
    missninahas quotedlast year
    "I don't think so," "It isn't so," "I don't agree with you at all," are too flat and positive for true delicacy and refinement in conversation. "I have been inclined to think otherwise," "I should be pleased to hear your reasons," "Aren't you mistaken?" are more acceptable phrases with which to introduce dissent.
    missninahas quotedlast year
    'Coquetting with an echo,'
    missninahas quotedlast year
    to be bored one's self is a sure sign that one's companion is also weary."
    missninahas quotedlast year
    "Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul in peace,"
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