Selected Quotes about Communication

God, the illogic! The impossibility of communication in this house. The sheer operation alone of getting something through to somebody. -- Sylvia Ashton-Warner

It is not so much the content of what one says as the way in which one says it. However important the thing you say, what's the good of it if not heard or, being heard, not felt. -- Sylvia Ashton-Warner

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety. -- Isaac Asimov

The worst thing about the miracle of modern communications is the Pavlovian pressure it places upon everyone to communicate whenever a bell rings. -- Russell Baker

The marriage of reason and nightmare which has dominated the 20th century has given birth to an ever more ambiguous world. Across the communications landscape move the specters of sinister technologies and the dreams that money can buy. -- J. G. Ballard

We’re going to try to do more to communicate the value of activation to customers in addition to making the process simpler and more consistent. -- Steve Ballmer

Ordinary people who know nothing of phonetics or elocution have difficulties in understanding slow speech composed of perfect sounds, while they have no difficulty in comprehending an imperfect gabble if only the accent and rhythm are natural. -- Alexander Graham Bell

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing. -- Robert Benchley

You have to be precise. You have to be specific, but you want to be accurate. That is first and foremost. You want to be on top of the story, but words do matter. -- Wolf Blitzer

I think that all money can do is to get your message out. Unfortunately, we live in a world where you have to use mass media to communicate with the people, and it just costs an awful lot of money. -- Michael Bloomberg

It seemed rather incongruous that in a society of supersophisticated communication, we often suffer from a shortage of listeners. -- Erma Bombeck

Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment. -- Pearl S. Buck

Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment. -- Pearl Buck

The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young. -- Willa Cather

The only prerequisites are past experience, a suitable personality and good communication skills: you need to be able to communicate adequately in English. -- Paul Clitheroe

Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible. -- Frank Moore Colby

Communicate with your fans or customers. They know we live in an ever changing world. If you tell them what you are thinking and why you are doing what you do, as I did with my blog regarding Nash leaving, they will respect and support you more. -- Mark Cuban

Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to? -- Clarence Darrow

There is more than a verbal tie between the words common, community, and communication.... Try the experiment of communicating, with fullness and accuracy, some experience to another, especially if it be somewhat complicated, and you will find your own attitude toward your experience changing. -- John Dewey

[I]t is very hard to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings much harder than to say something fine about them which is not the exact truth. -- George Eliot

Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right. -- Marie Ebner von Eschenbach

I never use the concept, multipolar. I use multilateral. Because we have only one global power: whether you like it or not, this is the United States. -- Joschka Fischer

The colossal misunderstanding of our time is the assumption that insight will work with people who are unmotivated to change. Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard. People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them. Even the choices words lose their power when they are used to overpower. Attitudes are the real figures of speech. -- Edwin H. Friedman

Like a human being, a company has to have an internal communication mechanism, a "nervous system", to coordinate its actions. -- Bill Gates

The need to communicate effectively with your customers will come up again and again. -- Bill Gates

We're at the point now where the challenge isn't how to communicate effectively with e-mail, it's ensuring that you spend your time on the e-mail that matters most. -- Bill Gates

We're at the point now where the challenge isn't how to communicate effectively with e-mail, it's ensuring that you spend your time on the e-mail that matters most. -- Bill Gates

The flatter the corporate hierarchy, the more likely it is that employees will communicate bad news and act upon it. -- Bill Gates

Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen to them. -- Shakti Gawain

It will not be enough to rely on experts. Ordinary citizens must become experts too. It will take public opinion on a wide scale to ensure that world leaders act. -- Mikhail Gorbachev

Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much. -- Robert Greeleaf

Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much. -- Robert Greenleaf

Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much. -- Robert Greenleaf

To succeed, you will soon learn, as I did, the importance of a solid foundation in the basics of education--literacy, both verbal and numerical, and communication skills. -- Alan Greenspan

Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate. -- Germaine Greer

The key is the Internet. The United States is by far the most advanced country in this new digital culture, so we have to be there. The Internet is the heart of this new civilization, and telecommunications are the nervous system, or circulatory system. -- Carlos Slim Helu

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen. -- Ernest Hemingway

Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while. -- Kin Hubbard

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously. -- Hubert H. Humphrey

A world community can exist only with world communication, which means something more than extensive shortwave facilities scattered about the globe. It means common understanding, a common tradition, common ideas, and common ideals. -- Robert Maynard Hutchins

All human activity takes place within a culture and interacts with culture. -- Pope John Paul II

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. -- Rudyard Kipling

I wish people who have trouble communicating would just shut up. -- Tom Lehrer

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after. -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

In business your can never learn anything more important than successful communication skills. -- Max Markson

Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation. -- Judith Martin

The result of bad communication is a disconnection between strategy and execution. -- Chuck Martin

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing. -- Rollo May

I quote others only in order the better to express myself. -- Michel de Montaigne

News — communicating news and ideas, I guess — is my passion. And giving people alternatives so that they have two papers to read (and) alternative television channels. -- Rupert Murdoch

I've always been more interested in the content of our newspapers, political positions day to day, the thrill of communicating with people through words that I am in the pure business aspects. -- Rupert Murdoch

People say conversation is a lost art; how often I have wished it were. -- Edward R. Murrow

The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it. -- Edward R. Murrow

We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another -- until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices. -- Richard Milhous Nixon

The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate. -- Joseph Priestley

We are healed of a suffering only by expressing it to the full. -- Marcel Proust

The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words. -- Rachel Naomi Remen

Lying is done with words and also with silence. -- Adrienne Rich

What we do in life is determined by how we communicate to ourselves. In the modern world, the quality of life is the quality of communication. -- Tony Robbins

Communication is the key for any global business. -- Anita Roddick

People I work with are open to leadership that has a vision, but this vision has to be communicated clearly and persuasively, and always, always with passion. -- Anita Roddick

Quite apart from anything else, my experience is trying to change things for the better makes you feel better, healthier. Humans are communicative animals: when you do good in a community, the benefits eventually get back to you. -- Anita Roddick

The key to handling problems and conflict within an organization is to keep the channels of communication wide open. -- Anita Roddick

Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know. -- Jim Rohn

Be sincere; be brief; be seated. -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible -- the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. -- Virginia Satir

Ever since I became NATO Secretary General, I have emphasised the need for enhanced political dialogue among the Allies. And I am glad that, over the last few years, we’ve had more regular, and increasingly constructive, political discussions in NATO on a wider range of issues. -- Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

When we have the courage to speak out to break our silence we inspire the rest of the "moderates" in our communities to speak up and voice their views. -- Sharon Schuster

Information and communications technology unlocks the value of time, allowing and enabling multi-tasking, multi-channels, multi-this and multi-that. -- Li Ka Shing

One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. They act impulsively without thinking. I always try to think before I talk. -- Margaret Chase Smith

Argument is the worst sort of conversation. -- Jonathan Swift

I have a habit of comparing the phraseology of communiques . . . noting a certain similarity of words, a certain similarity of optimism . . . and a certain similarity in the lack of practical results during the ensuring years. -- Margaret Thatcher

In describing today's accelerating changes, the media fire blips of unrelated information at us. Experts bury us under mountains of narrowly specialized monographs. Popular forecasters present lists of unrelated trends, without any model to show us their interconnections or the forces likely to reverse them. As a result, change itself comes to be seen as anarchic, even lunatic. -- Alvin Toffler

A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker. -- Chuang Tzu

Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read them either. -- Gore Vidal

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

Communications is at the heart of e-commerce and community. -- Meg Whitman

If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now. -- Woodrow Wilson

The internet's a driving force in the change from mass media to "my media", in which consumers will be their own programmers. -- Jerry Yang

First and foremost, the internet is unique since it is THE only interactive medium -- and that's important because from a content, service, and communications perspective, we web folks try to take advantage of that interactivity. -- Jerry Yang

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. -- William Butler Yeats

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