Category Communication

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The word good has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man. ~ Chesterton

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We know there is a problem with communication but we are not going to discuss it in front of the entire staff. ~ Anonymous

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Action speaks louder than words, but not nearly as often. ~ Mark Twain

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In a conversation, keep in mind that you’re more interested in what you have to say than anyone else. ~ Andy Rooney

Are We Drunk?

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THINGS THAT ARE DIFFICULT TO SAY WHEN YOU’RE DRUNK: “Indubitably” “Innovative” “Preliminary” “Proliferation” “Cinnamon” THINGS THAT ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO SAY WHEN YOU’RE DRUNK: “Specificity” “British Constitution” “Passive-aggressive disorder” “Loquacious Transubstantiate” THINGS THAT ARE DOWNRIGHT IMPOSSIBLE TO SAY WHEN YOU’RE DRUNK: “Thanks, but I don’t want to have sex.” “Nope, no more booze for me.” […]

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The great thing about human language is that it prevents us from sticking to the matter at hand. ~ Lewis Thomas

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Nine times out of ten, when people say myself or yourself they should say me or you.

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I give you bitter pills in sugar coating. The pills are harmless; the poison is in the sugar.  ~ Stanislaw J. Lec

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If a man truly wants to communicate with his wife, he must enter her world of emotions. ~ Gary Smalley

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Make sure you finish speaking before the audience has finished listening. ~ Dorothy Sarnoff

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a picture of a thousand words worth?

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If I said half the things to you that you habitually say to yourself, would we still be on speaking terms?

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A good pun is its own reword.

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Language services three functions. The first is to communicate ideas. The second is to conceal ideas. The third is to conceal the absence of ideas. ~ Otto Jespersen

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Starting a sentence with “If you ask me” almost always indicates that no one asked you.

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The voices in my head have switched to sign language just to mess with me.

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The trouble with words is that you never know whose mouth they’ve been in. ~ Dennis Potter

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Everything is easier said than done. Except for talking–that’s about the same.

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Double negatives are a no-no.

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I say tomato you say tomato. Doesn’t quite have the same effect in print.

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I say tomato you say tomato. Doesn’t quite have the same effect in print.

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90% of communication is done through body language. That’s why it’s really easy to lie to blind people.

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There’s nothing like a gleam of humor to reassure you that a fellow human being is ticking inside a strange face. ~ Eva Hoffman

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People may claim to hate puns, but most true word lovers have groaned to like them. ~ Jay Heinrichs

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No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent. ~ John Donne

On Missing You…

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I sit beside the fire and think of people long ago,  and people who will see a world that I shall never know.    But all the while I sit and think of times there were before,  I listen for returning feet and voices at the door.  J. R. R. Tolkien, in The Fellowship of the […]

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If only our great thinkers could learn to talk, and our great talkers could learn to think. ~ Ashleigh Brilliant

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Many of those who rely on body language need to improve their vocabularies.

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If you say what you think, don’t expect to hear only what you like. ~ Malcolm Forbes

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If you have to keep thinking outside the box, maybe something is wrong with the box. ~ Malcolm Gladwell

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The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue. ~ Oscar Levant

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Most people are fast to stop you before you get started but hesitant to get in the way if you’re moving. ~ Timothy Ferriss

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Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things. ~ Peter Drucker

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An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup. ~ H. L. Mencken

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People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false; a gift confers no rights. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Nothing lowers the level of conversation more than raising the voice. ~ Stanley Horowitz

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I praise loudly; I blame softly. ~ Catherine the Second

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The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. ~ George Bernard Shaw    

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I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge–myth is more potent than history–dreams are more powerful than facts–hope always triumphs over experience–laughter is the cure for grief–love is stronger than death. ~ Robert Fulghum

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Underground is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und.”

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I think a compliment ought always to precede a complaint. ~ Mark Twain

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The written word can be erased–not so with the spoken word.

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A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. ~ John C. Maxwell

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Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible. ~ Frank Moore Colby .

A Right Way And A Wrong Way to Ask…

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Two Jesuit priests both wanted a cigarette while they prayed. They decided to ask their bishop for permission. The first asked but was told no. A little while later he spotted his friend smoking. “Why did the Bishop allow you to smoke and not me?” he asked. “Because you asked if you could smoke while […]

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To Whom it May Concern: I don’t mean to sound slutty but use me whenever you want. Sincerely, Proper Grammar  

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I do my best proofreading right after I hit send.  

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I told my wife we don’t communicate well. She told me to shut up.  

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Did you know it’s impossible to say “Good Eye, Might” without sounding Australian?  (Honestly, how many times did you try?)  

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A woman’s word is never done.