Sunday, July 21, 2013 – Talk

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. ~ Nelson Mandela

Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense. ~ Robert Frost

Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say ‘infinitely’ when you mean ‘very’; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite. ~ C. S. Lewis

If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour? ~ Thomas Jefferson

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about. ~ Oscar Wilde

The reason I talk to myself is that I’m the only one whose answers I accept. ~ George Carlin

I don’t like to talk much with people who always agree with me. It is amusing to coquette with an echo for a little while, but one soon tires of it. ~ Thomas Carlyle

Genteel women suppose that those things do not really exist about which it is impossible to talk in polite company. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Talk low, talk slow and don’t say too much. ~ John Wayne

Don’t write anything you can phone. Don’t phone anything you can talk. Don’t talk anything you can whisper. Don’t whisper anything you can smile. Don’t smile anything you can nod. Don’t nod anything you can wink. ~ Earl Long

Talk is only a pretext for other, subtler forms of communication. When the latter are inoperative speech becomes dead. If two people are intent upon communicating with one another it doesn’t matter in the least how bewildering the talk becomes. People who insist upon clarity and logic often fail in making themselves understood. They are always-searching for a more perfect transmitter, deluded by the supposition that the mind is the only instrument for the exchange of thought. When one really begin to talk one delivers himself. Words are thrown about recklessly, not counted like pennies. One doesn’t care about grammatical or factual errors, contradictions, lies and so on. One talks. If you are talking to some one who knows how to listen he understands perfectly, even though the words make no sense. When this kind of talk gets under way a marriage takes place, no matter whether you are talking to a man or a woman. Men talking with other men have as much need of this sort of marriage as women talking with women have. Married couples seldom enjoy this kind of talk, for reasons which are only too obvious. ~ Henry Miller, Sexus

When we talk to God, we’re praying. When God talks to us, we’re schizophrenic. ~ Jane Wagner

Most rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read. ~ Frank Zappa

Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine. ~ Fran Lebowitz

Next time I see you, remind me not to talk to you. ~ Groucho Marx

Don’t talk about yourself; it will be done when you leave. ~ Wilson Mizner

My ass contemplates those who talk behind my back. ~ Francis Picabia

Money doesn’t talk, it swears. ~ Bob Dylan

Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country. ~ Bertrand Russell

People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order so they’ll have good voice boxes in case there’s ever anything really meaningful to say. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

If dogs could talk it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one. ~ Andy Rooney

I’ve made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I’m convinced of the opposite. ~ Bertrand Russell

If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. ~ Jane Austen

I’m a Muslim, but I think Jesus would have a drink with me. He would be cool. He would talk to me. ~ Mike Tyson

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely. ~ W. Somerset Maugham

If other people are going to talk, conversation becomes impossible. ~ James Whistler

No man would listen to you talk if he didn’t know it was his turn next. ~ E. W. Howe

The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to. ~ Carl Sandburg

Booksellers are the most valuable destination for the lonely, given the numbers of books that were written because authors couldn’t find anyone to talk to. ~ Alain de Botton

Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Let them hear your voice so rarely that a simply-uttered word creates a hush of expectancy in the room. ~ Richelle E. Goodrich

The girl I find who wants to talk about quantum theory in a bar is the one I want to marry. ~ Brandon Boyd

Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache. ~ G. K. Chesterton

I am told that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it. ~ J. R. R. Tolkien

Only remember west of the Mississippi it’s a little more look, see, act. A little less rationalize, comment, talk. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

An American cannot converse, but he can discuss, and his talk falls into a dissertation. He speaks to you as if he was addressing a meeting; and if he should chance to become warm in the discussion, he will say ‘Gentlemen’ to the person with whom he is conversing. ~ Alexis de Tocqueville

The American appetite for loneliness impressed me, and there was something about this solitude that freed conversation. One night at a bar, I met a man, and within five minutes he explained that he had just been released from prison. Another drinker told me that his wife had passed away, and he had recently suffered a heart attack, and now he hoped that he would die within the year. I learned that there’s no reliable small talk in America; at any moment a conversation can become personal. ~ Peter Hessler

If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered. ~ Stanley Kubrick

I said, to be a New Yorker you have to live here for six months, and if at the end of the six months you find you walk faster, talk faster, think faster, you’re a New Yorker. ~ Ed Koch

Talk of the devil, and his horns appear. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

When I was born I was so surprised I didn’t talk for a year and a half. ~ Gracie Allen

I think it was much better when you got on your horse and rode two miles to talk to your neighbor. ~ Laura Schlessinger

If it were possible to talk to the unborn, one could never explain to them how it feels to be alive, for life is washed in the speechless real. ~ Jacques Barzun


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