"Talk ought always to run obliquely, not nose to nose with no chance of mental escape."
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"Reply to wit with gravity, and to gravity with wit."
"I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull."
"I would rather take hellebore than spend a conversation with a good, little man."
"Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for competitors."
"In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge."
"Saying what we think gives a wider range of conversation than saying what we know."
"And when you stick on conversation's burrs, don't strew your pathway with those dreadful urs."
"Nothing lowers the level on conversation more than raising the voice."
"If you ever have to support a flagging conversation, introduce the topic of eating."
"I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read."
"No one is qualified to converse in public except those contented to do without such conversation."
"We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore."
"Conceit causes more conversation than wit."
"The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting."
"Every man wishes to rule the world. Unfortunately, the world rules every man."
"Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm."
"What I do say is that no man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent."
"You are the one who can stretch your own horizon."
"Your are in charge. You have the ability to master you destiny."
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