Sermon quotes on conversation
It is all right to hold a conversation but you should let go of it now and then.
Henry Ward Beecher
A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.
Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness.
No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.
J. Oswald Sanders
It is impossible for a believer, no matter what his experience, to keep right with God if he will not take the trouble to spend time with God. Spend plenty of time with him; let other things go, but don’t neglect Him.
To have God speak to the heart is a majestic experience, an experience that people may miss if they monopolize the conversation and never pause to hear God’s responses.
Of Thomas Babington Macaulay, a prodigiously articulate but oppressively constant talker:
He has occasional flashes of silence that make his conversation perfectly delightful.
Conversation is when three people are talking. Gossip is when one of them leaves.
Conversation would be much improved by the frequent use of three words: I don’t know.
Follow the Rule of Holes: If you’re in one, stop digging.
We had talk enough, but no conversation.
Don’t all these little tweets, these little sips of online connection, add up to one big gulp of real conversation?
That peoples can no longer carry on authentic dialogue with one another is not only the most acute symptom of the pathology of our time, it is also that which most urgently makes a demand of us.
Pointing the Way
The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man’s observation, not overturning it.
A Fifteen Year Old Boy
With my friends, it’s either no conversation or conversation about what’s going on, on your phone.
Quoted in Sherry Turkle, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, Penguin Publishing Group.
There’s no greater lifestyle and no greater happiness than that of having a continual conversation with God.
Michael Scott (Steve Carrell)
“Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. .I just hope I find it along the way.”
Phil Connors (Bill Murray)
“Ned, I would love to stand here and talk with you—but I’m not going to.”
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