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101 Communication Quotes that Make You Not Talk!

Communication is an art that gives great power. Unlike popular belief, It is not about great vocabulary. Otherwise, only Writers, Lecturers, Professors, Translators, or Linguists will rule the world. It is not about the hand that reaches out, but the one that touches lives. Communication Quotes listed here would prove them.

As someone who loves words, I read, write, research, discuss and brainstorm a lot about it. I strongly believe that we all have so much to learn and equally unlearn about communications. A simple YES with a smirk or a No with a smile could make or break history. I don’t think anybody can ever master the art, as it is evolving every day.

Some of history’s greatest quotes about communication put me in awe and are still relevant to this day through the future. Then there are this new generation talents who look at it completely different from their own ancestors. So here are some of the slap worth quotes about the art of communication that stood the test of time for now, and solid enough for the future.

101 Best Communication Quotes

If you have nothing to say, say nothing.

Mark Twain

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.


Wise men talk because they have something to say; Fools, because they have to say something.


Every act of communication is a miracle of translation.

Ken Liu

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.

William Butler Yeats

Nothing lowers the level of conversation more than raising the voice.

Stanley Horowitz

You learn when you listen. You earn when you listen—not just money, but respect.

Harvey Mackay

We never listen when we are eager to speak.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Many can argue – not many converse.

A. Bronson Alcott

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.

Lee Iacocca
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You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life

Zig Ziglar

The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.

Tony Robbins

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.


Communications without intelligence is noise; Intelligence without communications is irrelevant.

Gen Alfred Gray USMC

Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible.

Frank Moore Colby

It’s important to make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.

Barack Obama

Communication sometimes is not what you first hear, listen not just to the words, but listen for the reason.

Catherine Pulsifer

Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.

Charlie Kaufman

Communication involves self-revelation on the part of one individual and listening on the part of another.

Dr. Gary Chapman

To love someone with all of your heart requires reaching them where they are with the only words they can understand.

Shannon L. Alder
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We are stronger when we listen, and smarter when we share.

Rania Al-Abdullah

A lot of problems in the world would be solved if we talked to each other instead of about each other.

Nickey Gumbel

Good communication is when you make your point without a lot of fillers and stumbling.

Gregory Davidson

Communication must be HOT. That’s Honest, Open and Two-way.

Dan Oswald

The Communication is in the work and words are no substitute for this.

Mary Martin

If you just communicate you can get by But if you communicate skillfully you can work miracles

Jim Rohn

That turned a two-way conversation into a one-way discussion

Rob Young

Kind Words Can Be Short And Easy To Speak, But Their Echoes Are Truly Endless.

Mother Theresa

Telling stories is a universally accessible means through which people make meaning.

Chris Cavanaugh

Two monologues do not make a dialogue.

Jeff Daly
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Information is giving out; communication is getting through.

Sydney J. Harris

Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones.

Benjamin Disraeli

Communicate unto the other person that which you would want him to communicate unto you if your positions were reversed.

Aaron Goldman

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

Mark Twain

The void created by the failure to communicate is soon filled with poison, drivel, and misrepresentation.

C. Northcote Parkinson

The less people know, the more they yell.

Seth Godin

You can change your world by changing your words. Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue.

Joel Osteen

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.


Sincere words are not fine; fine words are not sincere.

Lao Tzu

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.

Napoleon Hill
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It’s very hard to find your own words – and you don’t actually exist until you have your own words.

Jordan Peterson

Words are powerful; if you change your words, you can change your life.

Joyce Meyer

One kind word can change someone’s entire day.


The short words are best, and the old words are the best of all.

Winston Churchill

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 M. Nixon

Eating words has never given me indigestion.

Winston Churchill

As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.

Benjamin Franklin

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.

Thomas Jefferson

Words are chameleons, which reflect the colour of their environment.

Learned Hand

Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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It is the province of knowledge to speak And it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The secret of being boring is to say everything.


Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.

D. H. Lawrence

It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree.

Charles Baudelaire

Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalising.

William S. Burroughs

In communications, familiarity breeds apathy.

William Bernbach

We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and being silent to be reserved.


Happy is the hearing man; unhappy the speaking man.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The ABC’s are attitude, behaviour and communication skills.

Gerald Chertavian

Key to great communication is being adaptable.

Andrea Jones
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Good words are worth much, and cost little.

George Herbert

Communication is about being effective, not always about being proper.

Bo Bennett

There is no communication that is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.

Luigina Sgarro

The fact that I’m using words doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m saying anything.

Craig D. Lounsbrough

When you stop communicating, you become poor.

Meir Ezra

If there is a communication issue, it is not the fault of the other person but of both people.

Jeffrey G. Duarte

Words should be used as tools of communication and not as a substitute for action.

Mae West

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.


‘Information’ & ‘Communication’ signify quite different things & are often used interchangeably. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.

Sydney J. Harris

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

J. B. Priestley
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If what is communicated is false, it can hardly be called communication.

Benjamin E. Mays

Polite conversation is rarely either.

Fran Lebowitz

Proper words in proper places make the true definition of a style.

Jonathan Swift

Your words will either give you joy or give you sorrow, but if they were spoken without regret, they give you peace.

Shannon L. Alder

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

Albert Einstein

You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.

M. Scott Peck

Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.

Larry King

No man ever listened himself out of a job

Calvin Coolidge

The best way to solve problems and to fight against war is through dialogue.

Malala Yousafzai
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To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Too many people fail to realise that real communication goes in both directions.

Lee Iacocca

Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

Stephen R. Covey

To say that a person feels listened to means a lot more than just their ideas get heard. It’s a sign of respect. It makes people feel valued

Deborah Tannen

The best salespeople are great listeners—that’s how you find out what the buyer wants.

Larry Wilson and Spencer Johnson

Don’t assume that prior communication has been effective and that people get it.

Benjamin Komlos

Just being available and attentive is a great way to use listening as a management tool.

Nicholas V. Luppa

I would say that listening to the other person’s emotions may be the most important thing I’ve learned in twenty years of business.

Heath Herber

Of all the skills of leadership, listening is the most valuable—and one of the least understood.

Peter Nulty

Without credible communication, and a lot of it, the hearts and minds of others are never captured.

John P. Kotter
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The best way to understand people is to listen to them.

Ralph Nichols

Speak clearly if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for. And questions are the breath of life for a conversation.

James Nathan Miller

Man’s inability to communicate is a result of his failure to listen effectively.

Carl Rogers

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

Winston Churchill

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.

Henry David Thoreau

Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.

Robert Greenleaf

Wisdom is the reward for a lifetime of listening … when you’d have preferred to talk.

D.J. Kaufman

Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.

Lao Tzu

The best time to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust.

Josh Billings

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.

Joyce Brothers
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I hope these communication quotes do excite you and help you get aboard learning the art of a great conversation. I would prefer to keep this list growing and would love you to share your favourite too. But do always remember true communication is not always that make you talk, but also those that make you speechless.

Also, words or none, do not forget to make phew changes!