Can We Talk?

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Marquis de Sade

“Conversation, like certain portions of the anatomy, always runs more smoothly when lubricated.”

― Marquis de Sade

Samuel Johnson

“I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.”
― Samuel JohnsonJohnsonian Miscellanies – Vol II

Jean Kerr

“Women speak because they wish to speak, whereas a man speaks only when driven to speak by something outside himself-like, for instance, he can’t find any clean socks.”
― Jean Kerr

Truman Capote

“A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That’s why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet.”
― Truman Capote

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In good company there is never such discourse between two, across the table, as takes place when you leave them alone. In good company, the individuals merge their egotism into a social soul exactly coextensive with the several consciousnesses there present. No partialities of friend to friend, no fondnesses of brother to sister, of wife to husband, are there pertinent, but quite otherwise. Only he may then speak who can sail on the common thought of the party, and not poorly limited to his own. Now this convention, which good sense demands, destroys the high freedom of great conversation, which requires an absolute running of two souls into one.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Can We Talk?