| Method is not less requisite in ordinary conversation than in writing, provided a man would talk to make himself understood.|
AddisonThe Spectator. No. 476.
|With good and gentle-humored hearts|
I choose to chat whereer I come
Whateer the subject be that starts.
But if I get among the glum
I hold my tongue to tell the truth
And keep my Breath to cool my broth.
John ByromCareless Content.
| In conversation avoid the extremes of forwardness and reserve.|
|But conversation, choose what theme we may,|
And chiefly when religion leads the way,
Should flow, like waters after summer showrs,
Not as if raised by mere mechanic powers.
CowperConversation. L. 703.
|Conversation is a game of circles.|
| Conversation is the laboratory and workshop of the student.|
EmersonSociety and Solitude. Clubs.
|I never, with important air,|
In conversation overbear.
* * * *
My tongue within my lips I rein;
For who talks much must talk in vain.
GayFables. Pt. I. Introduction. L. 53.
|With thee conversing I forget the way.|
GayTrivia. Bk. II. L. 480.
| They would talk of nothing but high life and high-lived company, with other fashionable topics, such as pictures, taste, Shakespeare, and the musical glasses.|
GoldsmithVicar of Wakefield. Ch. IX.
|And when you stick on conversations burs,|
Dont strew your pathway with those dreadful urs.
HolmesA Rhymed Lesson. Urania.
|Discourse, the sweeter banquet of the mind.|
HomerThe Odyssey. Bk. 15. L. 433. Popes trans.
| His conversation does not show the minute hand; but he strikes the hour very correctly.|
Samuel JohnsonJohnsoniana. Kearsley. L. 604.
| Tom Birch is as brisk as a bee in conversation; but no sooner does he take a pen in his hand, than it becomes a torpedo to him, and benumbs all his faculties.|
Samuel JohnsonBoswells Life. (1743).
| Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen.|
Samuel JohnsonBoswells Life. (1776).
| A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years study of books.|
LongfellowHyperion. Ch. VII. Quoted from the Chinese.
| Men of great conversational powers almost universally practise a sort of lively sophistry and exaggeration which deceives for the moment both themselves and their auditors.|
MacaulayEssay. On the Athenian Orators.
|With thee conversing I forget all time:|
All seasons and their change, all please alike.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 639.
| Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of existence.|
O. HenryThe Complete Life of John Hopkins.
|Formd by thy converse, happily to steer|
From grave to gay, from lively to severe.
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 379.
|We took sweet counsel together.|
Psalms. LV. 14.
|Ita fabulantur ut qui sciant Dominum audire.|
They converse as those who know that God hears.
TertullianApologeticus. P. 36. (Ed. Rigalt).
|A dearth of words a woman need not fear;|
But tis a task indeed to learn to hear:
In that the skill of conversation lies;
That shows or makes you both polite and wise.
YoungLove of Fame. Satire V. L. 57.