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Cool Conversation Quotes: Wit & Panache

A cool conversation quotes page belongs in a site about conversation starters and cool chat, naturally.

The following conversation quotes were hand picked specially because they are cool and witty or because they give great advice on the best ways to start or continue a conversation.

Cool Conversation Quotes – Essence of Good Conversation

Good conversation unrolls itself like the spring or like the dawn. – W.B.Yeats

Would you call it a conversation if the other person is silent and, to keep up the appearance of a conversation, you try to substitute for him, and so imitate him, and so parody him, and so parody yourself? – Franz Kafka

In truth, we talk only to ourselves, but sometimes we talk loud enough that others may hear us. – Kahlil Gibran

After three days without reading, talk becomes flavorless. – Chinese Proverb

In America, conversation is a game played with rules differing from England’s. It is not tennis, in which you return the other fellow’s service, but golf, in which you keep hitting your own ball. – Raymond Mortimer

Modest egotism is the salt of conversation. You do not want too much of it; but if it is altogether omitted, everything tastes flat. – Henry Van Dyke

A repartee is something we think of 24 hours too late. – Mark Twain

Ultimately, the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation. – Oscar Wilde

Cool Conversation Quotes – Pause, Listen, Smile

He had occasional flashes of silence that made his conversation perfectly delightful. – Sydney Smith, referring to Macaulay

It is all right to hold a conversation, but you should let go of it now and then. – Richard Armour

If you can’t ignore an insult, top it; if you can’t top it, laugh it off; and if you can’t laugh it off, it’s probably deserved. – J. Russel Lynes

No one is exempt from talking nonsense; the misfortune is to do it solemnly. – Montaigne

Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.- Jorge Luis Borges

It is a good answer which knows when to stop.- Italian Proverb

When you add to the truth, you subtract from it.- Talmud

Sometimes it is a great joy just to listen to someone we love talking to. – Vincent McNabb

I often quote myself – it adds spice to my conversation.- George Bernard Shaw

A man may forgive many wrongs, but he cannot easily forgive anyone who makes it plain that his conversation is tedious.- Robert Lynd

Cool Conversation Quotes – Talk, Make Friends

‘Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have one’s nonsense respected. – Charles Lamb

Don’t wait for people to be friendly, show them how.- Unknown

Don’t tell your friends about your indigestion. ‘How are you?’ is a greeting, not a question. – Robert Benchley

There was a definite process by which one made people into friends, and it involved talking to them and listening to them for hours at a time. – Rebecca West

Every man ought to be friends with a nun and a whore, and while talking with them forget which is which.- Brendan Francis

Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.- George Eliot

Cool Conversation Quotes – Staying Cool

It is better to be silent than to say things at the wrong time that are too tender. – Stendhal

The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right. – Hannah Withall Smith

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember what you said.- Mark Twain

The world belongs to the enthusiast who keeps cool.- William McFee

No one wants advice – only corroboration.- John Steinbeck

Cool Conversation Quotes – Humor, Wit and Laughter

Whom the gods would make bigots, they first deprive of humor.- James Gillis

When there’s someone you don’t like and don’t want to talk to, walk
a mile in his shoes. That way, he’ll be a mile away – and shoeless.- Unknown

I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don’t even invite me.- Dave Barry

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.- Peter Ustinov

You can pretend to be serious, but you can’t pretend to be witty.- Sacha Guitry

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.- Victor Borge

Cool Converation Quotes – Kind Words or True Words

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.- Robert Brault

One often makes a remark and only later see how true it is.- L. Wittgenstein

Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.- Yugoslavian Proverb

The man who is brutally honest enjoys the brutality quite as much as the honesty. Possibly more. – Richard Needham

True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance. – Thoreau

Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway. – Mother Teresa

Cool Conversation Quotes – Shyness, Reluctance to Chat

Silence is not always golden. Sometimes it’s just plain yellow.- Unknown

The shy man usually finds that he has been shy without a cause, and that in practice, no one takes the slightest notice of him.- Robert Lynd

Most commuters are as talkative as native Vermonters…I remember a story about a commuter who used to admire the girl who took the same train as his for 12 years, but never picked her up.- Max Lerner

Cool Conversation Quotes – Words, Skill with Words

You can stroke people with words.- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Almost all words do have color, and nothing is more pleasant than to utter a pink word and see someone’s eyes light up and know it is a pink word for him or her too. – Gladys Taber

Words were man’s first, immeasurable feat of magic.- Leo Rosten

Slang is…vigorous and apt. Probably most of our vital words were once slang; one by one timidly made sacrosanct.- John Galsworthy

A pun is the lowest form of humor – when you didn’t think of it first.- Oscar Levant

Words really flattering are not those which we prepare, but those which escape us unthinkingly. – Ninon de Lenclos

Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them. – Adlai Stevenson

Related Cool Quotes – Guys and Girls

A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s – she changes it more often.- Oliver Herford

When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute – and it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity. – Albert Einstein

I kissed my first girl and smoked my first cigarette on the same day; I have never had time for tobacco since.- Arturo Toscanini

When two men fight over a woman, it’s the fight they want – not the woman. – Brendan Francis

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base. – Dave Barry

Men are more interesting than women, but women are more fascinating. – James Thurber

Whenever women do anything new, it is always said that they are about to lose their femininity. – Florida Scott-Maxwell

Man is always looking for someone to boast to; woman is always looking for a shoulder to put her head on.- H.L. Mencken

A man chases a woman until she catches him.- Unknown

It’s not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game even starts. – Addison Walker

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