Sermon quotes on communication

Maya Angelou

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

George Washington Carver

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting system, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.

Stephen Covey

When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.


Peter Drucker

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.


Jeff Daly

Two monologues do not make a dialogue.


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

Margaret Miller

Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness.


Mark Twain

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.


Osmo Wiio

Communication usually fails, except by accident

Martin Luther King Jr.

Men hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they cannot communicate with each other; they can’t communicate with each other because they are separated from each other.

The Papers of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Stephen Colbert

Don’t all these little tweets, these little sips of online connection, add up to one big gulp of real conversation?

Eric Schmidt (for contrast)

My guess—and I think this will be debated for a long time—is that humans are very communicative, and so the fact that you’re talking to more people with shorter bursts of communication is probably net neutral to positive.

George Bernard Shaw

The greatest problem with communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished.

Edward T. Hall

Time talks. It speaks more plainly than words. The message it conveys comes through loud and clear. Because it is manipulated less consciously, it is subject to less distortion than the spoken language. It can shout truth where words lie.

The Silent Language (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1959), 23.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.

Jan van Baal

True giving is participating, participating in the life and work of the donee, participating in one’s universe as a sympathizing member. No one can participate without giving first. Giving is essential for a meaningful existence.… All communication begins with giving, offering.

“Offering, Sacrifice and Gift ,” in Understanding Religious Sacrifice , 290–291.