Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
There is more than a verbal tie between the words common, community, and communication . . . Try the experiment of communicating, with fullness and accuracy, some experience to another, especially if it be somewhat complicated, and you will find your own attitude toward your experience changing.
New opinions often appear first as jokes and fancies, then as blasphemies and treason, then as questions open to discussion, and finally as established truths.
George Bernard Shaw
Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible—the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.
Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument is an exchange of ignorance.
We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone . . . and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.
Sandra Day O’Connor
Having a good discussion is like having riches.
When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that.
As a leader . . . I have always endeavored to listen to what each and every person in a discussion had to say before venturing my own opinion. Oftentimes, my own opinion will simply represent a consensus of what I heard in the discussion. I always remember the axiom: a leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.
I think that in the discussion of natural problems we ought to begin not with the Scriptures, but with experiments, and demonstrations.
One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.
The colossal misunderstanding of our time is the assumption that insight will work with people who are unmotivated to change. Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard. People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them. Even the choicest words lose their power when they are used to overpower. Attitudes are the real figures of speech.
Edwin H. Friedman
Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.
Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.
Pearl S. Buck
The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.
Rachel Naomi Remen