Trainers' Library Home

Quote List for Communication Skills

Never impose your language on people you wish to reach. Abbie Hoffman (1936-1989)
Make everything as simple as possible but not simpler. Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add but when there is nothing left to take away. Antoine de Saint Exupery (1900-1944)
All truth passes through three stages. First; it is ridiculed. Second; it is violently opposed. Third; it is accepted as being self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak. Epictetus (55-135)
What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our eyes! G. C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)
There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great. G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
Why does a man take it for granted that a girl who flirts with him wants him to kiss her when, nine times out of ten, she only wants him to want to kiss her. Helen Rowland (1876-1950)
Communication is a sister to leadership.John Adair
An ounce of emotion is equal to a ton of facts. John Juror
You have not converted a man because you have silenced him. John Morley (1883-1923)
He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that. John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)
One of the best rules in conversation is, never to say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish had been left unsaid. Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
Words; as is well known; are the great foes of reality. Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)
Minds are like parachutes. They only function when open.Lord Thomas R Dewar
If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. Mark Twain (1835-1910)
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. Mark Twain (1835-1910)
There is nothing so annoying as to have two people talking when you're busy interrupting. Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech. Martin Farquhar Tupper (1810-1889)
A riot is the language of the unheard.Martin Luther King JR.
They talk most who have the least to say.Matthew Prior (1664-1721)
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. Naguib Mahfouz
A good leader can engage in debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial and uninformed.Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage. Publilius Syrus
Keep six honest serving-men, (they taught me all I knew), their names are What and Why and When, and How and Where and Who.Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
Words are not as satisfactory as we should like them to be, but, like our neighbours, we have got to live with them and must make the best and not the worst of them. Samuel Butler (1835-1902).
He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips, betrayal oozes out of him at every pore. Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
A prudent question is one half of wisdom. Sir Francis Bacon (1561- 1626)
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
False words are not only evil in themselves; but they infect the soul with evil. Socrates (470-399 B.C.)
Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, they listen with the intent to reply.Stephen Covey (1932-2012)
It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
Communication is a two-way street.Unknown
Instead of listening to what is being said to them, many managers are already listening to what they are going to say. Unknown
Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.Voltaire (1694-1778)
Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood. William Penn (1644-1718)
Men of few words are the best.William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Listening is the missing half of communication.William Ury
I have often regretted my speech, never my silence. Xenocrates (396-314 B.C.)