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Communication - Wise Sayings About Communication


Wise Sayings About Communication. 

A chip on the shoulder indicates wood higher up.

A compromise is a deal in which two people get what neither of them wanted.

A diplomat is one who can bring home the bacon without spilling the beans.

A dog has many friends because he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

A dogmatic person always has concrete opinions thoroughly mixed and permanently set.

A false friend and a shadow attend only when the sun shines.

A fool empties his head every time he opens his mouth.

A friend is one who knows all about you and loves you just the same. 

A friend who is not in need could be a friend indeed.

A good example of give and take is to take pains to give happiness.

A good father, finding his son on the wrong track, will provide switching facilities. 

A good idea that is shared with others will live forever.

A good listener is not only popular, but he learns while he listens.

A good salesman is one who convinces his wife she looks fat in a fur coat.

A gossip is one who has a sense of rumor.

A gossip is one who keeps a swivel tongue in her head. 

A kiss is a contraction of the mouth due to an enlargement of the heart.

A man too often shows his worst side to his better half.

A mere suggestion, when made by the boss, often assumes the importance of a command.

A person who cannot lead and will not follow invariable obstructs.

A person who is wrong but won't admit it often gets angry.

A rabbit's foot is a poor substitute for horse sense. 

A smile is a curve that can set many things straight.

A smile is a language that even a baby understands.

A wise man is one who learns from everyone.

All progress stems from change, but all change is not necessarily progress.

All the world loves a lover--unless waiting for the phone he's using.

All too often you read the directions only to find out what you did wrong.

Always hold your head up, but keep your nose at the friendly level. 

Always put your best foot forward--but don't step on other people's toes.

An egotist is a person who is always me-deep in conversations.

An ounce of example is worth a pound of advice.

Be careful of the theories on which you bias your opinions.

Be careful of your thoughts; they may break into words at any time.

Be sure your conversation generates more light than heat.

Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.

Better to cause happiness where you go than to cause happiness when you go.

Beware of a half-truth; you may get hold of the wrong half.

Blessed are the brief for they will be invited again.

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, remains silent.

Children are often expected to learn good manners without seeing any.

Choose your words carefully.  Talk is cheap, but you can't buy it back.

Common sense is what the world calls wisdom.

Complete honesty in little things is not a little thing at all.

Confession may be good for the soul, but it's often bad for the reputation.

Confession of our faults is the next best thing to innocence. 

Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

Curiosity is the beginning of the learning cycle.

Despite inflation, a penny is still a fair price for too many people's thoughts.

Discussion is an exchange of intelligence.  Argument is an exchange of ignorance.

Don't answer a matter until you have paraphrased it back to the satisfaction of the other person.

Don't discourage another's plans unless you have better ones to offer.

Envy is a kind of praise.

Everyone should keep a mental wastebasket for disposing of what's not worth remembering.

Excuses are often the confession of failure.

Facts are stubborn things, but properly used, they will work hard for you.

Failure follows the man whose wishbone is where his backbone should be.

Faults are thick where love is thin.

Few doors are open to him who knocks all of the time.

Flattery, like perfume, should be inhaled and not swallowed.

Fortune makes friends; misfortune tries them.

Free expression is a safety valve.  Escaping steam alarms us, but is a sign of safety.

Generosity given with strings attached is not really generosity.  It's a deal.

Go often to your friend's home for weeds choke up the unused path.

Gossips seldom repeat gossip... the way they heard it.

Great minds discuss ideas.  Good minds discuss events.  Small minds discuss people.

Happiness is like a kiss--to appreciate it you must give it to somebody else.

Happiness is not given but exchanged.

He is lonely who builds himself a wall instead of a bridge.

He lives most who lives for others.

He that inquires much learns much.

He who easily chatters to you about others will easily chatter about you to others. 

He who sings his own praise is seldom asked for an encore.

He who talks by the yard and works by the inch should be removed by the foot.

Heated arguments cool friendships.

Holding a strong position often arouses strong opposition.

Ideas are like children: your own are very wonderful.

If we don't stand for something, we will fall for anything.

If you admit you're all wrong when you are, you're all right.

If you are losing an argument with your spouse, try a kiss.

If you must criticize, leave the person with the idea he has been helped.

If you show people you're a live wire, they won't step on you.

If you tell it, it could be gossip.  If you hear it, it's news.

If you think that nothing should be done for the first time, you may be too conservative.

If you want to keep your friends don't give them away.

In an argument, the best weapon to hold is your tongue.

Intuition enables a woman to contradict her husband before he says anything.

It also takes two to make up after the quarrel.

It is as thoughtful to acknowledge a good deed as to do one.

It is better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.

It's not necessary to repeat gossip if you speak clearly the first time.

It's often the one with the winning hand who wants to put his cards on the table.

Kindness consists of loving people more than they deserve. 

Love and understanding turn a look into a smile and a house into a home.

Make promises cautiously, but once you have made them, fulfill them.

Many a live wire would be a dead one if it weren't for his connections.

Many people are like whales--when they get to the top, they start to blow.

Minds, like parachutes, work only when they are open.

Most arguments are sound--mostly sound.

Mud thrown is ground lost.

Never advertise your troubles; there's no market for them.

Never get mad at one who knows more than you do.  It's not his fault, but yours.

No one has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.  (<"" />Lincoln)

No one is too big to be kind and courteous--but some are too little.

No one is rich enough to be without a neighbor.

No one knows the weight of another's burden.

No personal charm is as great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.

Nothing is opened by mistake as often as one's mouth. 

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.

One may not live by bread alone, but many try to get along on crust.

One of the greatest gifts we can give to others is a good example.

One of the most deadly of sins is cynicism.

One person cannot hold another person down without stooping.

Patting yourself on the back is a poor way to get ahead.

People who get discovered and those who get found out are very difficult.

People would get more concerned over fallout if it interfered with TV reception.

Poise is the act of raising the eyebrows rather than the roof.

Praise a man for a job well done, and he'll do the next one even better.

Probably the best remedy for anger is delay.

Quite often you can prove your command of the language by saying nothing.

Science may never come up with a better office communications system than the coffee break.

Self-confidence is essential to great undertakings.

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.

Some go through life as freight.  They can't seem to express themselves. 

Some men never change their opinion because it's been in the family for generations.

Some people are like buttons--always popping off at the wrong time.

Some people get their exercise by jumping to conclusions.

Some people stand for nothing because they fall for everything.

Some people talk like a book, but you can't shut them up as easily.

Speak well of your enemies; remember that you made them.

Strangers are friends you haven't met yet.

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.

Temper is so good a thing that we should never lose it.

The art of conversation includes the ability to disagree without being disagreeable.

The best way to be understood is to be understanding.

The chip on an angry man's shoulder is often only bark.

The fact that silence is golden may explain why there's so little of it.

The fellow who blows his horn the loudest is generally in a fog.

The habit of getting to the bottom of things usually lands a man on top.

The less you say, the more you don't have to apologize.

The noblest revenge is forgiveness.

The one who cannot forget himself is easily forgotten by others.

The person who knows everything has a lot to learn.

The right-of-way is not something you have--somebody gives it to you.

There is no substitute for brains, but silence sometimes helps.

There's a difference between free speech and cheap talk.

There's a difference between good sound reasons and reasons that sound good.

There's something wrong with a person who is always right.

Those who can, do.  Those who can't, criticize. 

To have a true friend, you must be a true friend.

To refuse praise is to seek praise twice.

Today, make an investment in someone else's happiness.

Try to be the first to point out that the other arguer doesn't have an open mind.

Try to see yourself as others do--but try not to get mad about it.

Undeserved praise sometimes reacts as poison in disguise.

When in doubt, do the friendliest thing.

When you are right you can afford to keep your temper.

When you begin to dislike someone, do something nice for him.

When your mouth is closed, you can't put your foot in it.

When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.

Wise men know more than they tell.  Fools tell more than they know.

You are brave, intelligent, brilliant, attractive... and gullible.

You are mature when keeping a secret gives more satisfaction that telling it.

You are not fully dressed until you wear a smile.

You can flatter more people into excelling than you can criticize out their apathy.

You can never exercise an open mind and an open mouth at the same time.

You can't antagonize and influence at the same time.

You can't damage a smile by cracking it.

You can't expect people to see eye to eye with you if you look down on them.

You can't hold a man down unless you stay down with him. 

You can't keep a chip on the shoulder you put to the wheel.

You have poise if you can be ill at ease inconspicuously. 

You will never get indigestion from swallowing your pride.


Last updated: Aug, 2010
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