Communication Quotes (176) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Definition of Communication. Communication (from Latin "communis", meaning to share) is the activity of conveying information through the exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, visuals, signals, writing, or behavior. 


Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen to them.
~ Shakti Gawain

“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” 
~ Henry Winkler

“A beautiful thing happens when we start paying attention to each other. It is by participating more in your relationship that you breathe life into it.” 
~ Steve Maraboli

“To speak little is natural. Therefore a gale does not blow a whole morning nor does a downpour last a whole day.” 
~ Lao Tzu

Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people. 
~ Jim Rohn 

But behavior in the human being is sometimes a defense, a way of concealing motives and thoughts, as language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and preventing communication. 
~ Abraham Maslow 

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
~ Thomas Carlyle 

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.
~ Norm Chomsky

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. 
~ Albert Einstein

A deadness occurs in relationships when people are no longer willing to tell each other how they really feel.
~ Shakti Gawain

Music is the soul of language.
~ Max Heindel 

Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.
~ Hermann Hesse

Talk to me like I’m someone you love.
~ Helen Hunt

The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.
~ Stephen King

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
~ Rudyard Kipling

When Nike says, just do it, that’s a message of empowerment. Why aren’t the rest of us speaking to young people in a voice of inspiration?
~ Naomi Klein

You are desperate to communicate, to edify or entertain, to preserve moments of grace or joy or transcendence, to make real or imagined events come alive. But you cannot will this to happen. It is a matter of persistence and faith and hard work. So you might as well just go ahead and get started.
~ Anne Lamott

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Music is the universal language of mankind.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short.
~ Andre Maurois

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.
~ Rollo May

A soulmate is someone to whom we feel profoundly connected, as though the communicating and communing that take place between us were not the product of intentional efforts, but rather a divine grace.
~ Thomas Moore

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
~ George Orwell

Being vulnerable doesn't have to be threatening. Just have the courage to be sincere, open and honest. This opens the door to deeper communication all around. It creates self-empowerment and the kind of connections with others we all want in life. Speaking from the heart frees us from the secrets that burden us. These secrets are what make us sick or fearful. Speaking truth helps you get clarity on your real heart directives.
~ Sara Paddison

It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood.
~ Karl Popper

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

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.
~ Virginia Satir

The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred.
~ George Bernard Shaw

Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.
~ Freeman Teague Jr.

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
~ William Arthur Ward

I think education is power. I think that being able to communicate with people is power. One of my main goals on the planet is to encourage people to empower themselves.
~ Oprah Winfrey

It is through our hands that we speak to the child. That we communicate.
Touch is the child's first language, understanding comes long after feeling
Frederick Leboyer

Between what I think, what I want to say, what I believe I say, what I say, what you want to hear, what you believe to hear, what you hear, what you want to understand, what you think you understand, what you understand…They are ten possibilities that we might have some problem communicating. But let’s try anyway…
~ Bernard Werber

Most contemporary novels are not really "written." They obtain what reality they have largely from an accurate rendering of the noises that human beings currently make in their daily simple needs of communication; and what part of a novel is not composed of these noises consists of a prose which is no more alive than that of a competent newspaper writer or government official. A prose that is altogether alive demands something of the reader that the ordinary novel-reader is not prepared to give.
~ T. S. Eliot

Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers.
~ Les Brown

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
~ Maya Angelou

Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.
~ Pythagoras

To communicate through silence is a link between the thoughts of man.
~ Marcel Marceau

Leadership is a way of thinking, a way of acting and, most importantly, a way of communicating.
~ Simon Sinek

Man is a multi-sensorial being. Occasionally he verbalizes … and we must seriously examine the implications of the fact that man does not communicate by word alone.
~ Ray Birdwhistell

Cinema’s characteristic forte is its ability to capture and communicate the intimacies of the human mind.
~ Satyajit Ray

If you do not start with the idea, you are creating fine art - its personal, but it tends not to communicate.
~ Seymour Chwast

My imagination functions much better when I don't have to speak to people.
~ Patricia Highsmith

Speak not through the positive mind or the negative mind, but from the neutral mind.
~ Harbhajan Singh Yogi

The two words 'information' and 'communication' are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.
~ Sydney J. Harris

The important word there is inspire. The key difference between managers and leaders is that managers tell people what to do, while leaders inspire them to do it. Inspiration comes from three things: clarity of one’s vision, courage of their conviction and the ability to effectively communicate both of those things,
~ Jeff Weiner

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
~ Dale Carnegie

Simple and to the point is always the best way to get your point across.
~ Guy Kawasaki

The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.
~ Tony Robbins

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere.
~ Lee Iacocca

In many ways, effective communication begins with mutual respect, communication that inspires, encourages others to do their best.
~ Zig Ziglar

The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them.
~ Kin Hubbard

The first problem of communication is getting people's attention.
~ Chip Heath 

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.
~ Peter Drucker

Communication works for those who work at it.
~ John Powell

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
~ Mother Teresa

Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don't understand the language that you're singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.
~ Lou Rawls

Good communication does not mean that you have to speak in perfectly formed sentences and paragraphs. It isn't about slickness. Simple and clear go a long way.
~ John P. Kotter

The art of effective listening is essential to clear communication, and clear communication is necessary to management success.
~ James Cash Penney

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
~ Ambrose Bierce

The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven't thought of yet.
~ Ann Landers

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
~ Epictetus

The less people know, the more they yell.
~ Seth Godin

There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.
~ Dale Carnegie

It is a rare and valuable tonic to share insights, dreams and concerns with people whom you have never met. The sole purpose for such exchanges is simply to give light to one another.
~ Allison Mackie

The more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
~ J. B. Priestley

The first duty of love is to listen.
~ Paul Tillich

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
~ Ernest Hemingway

Evil communication corrupts good manners. I hope to live to hear that good communication corrects bad manners.
~ Benjamin Banneker

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
~ Albert Einstein

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
~ Mark Twain

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
~ William Butler Yeats

No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn't listening.
~ Emma Thompson

To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.
~ Will Durant

Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.
~ Jim Rohn

If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don't, they never were.
~ Khalil Gibran

Communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or typing. If you're willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.
~ Brian Tracy

The speed of communication, the speed of information transfer, the cheapness of communication, the ease of moving things around the world are a difference in kind as well as degree.
~ Paul Volcker

Data is like garbage. You'd better know what you are going to do with it before you collect it.
~ Mark Twain

Communication - the human connection - is the key to personal and career success.
~ Paul J. Meyer

It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.
~ Yogi Berra

Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.
~ Charles Dickens

Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.
~ William S. Burroughs

Wise men speak because they have something to say
~ Plato

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.
~ Rollo May

With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing.
~ Catherine Doherty

Every time you open your mouth you let men look into your mind.
~ Bruce Barton

Communication is the real work of leadership.
~ Nitin Nohria

Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself.
~ Bernard Baruch

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
~ Mark Twain

To feel the soul without explaining it, without vocabulary, and to represent this sensation.
~ Yves Klein

Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing.
~ Oscar Wilde

Did you ever notice how difficult it is to argue with someone who is not obsessed with being right?
~ Wayne Dyer

Know that a word suddenly shot from the tongue is like an arrow shot from the bow. Son, that arrow won't turn back on its way; you must damn the torrent at its source.
~ Rumi

Since in order to speak, one must first listen, learn to speak by listening.
~ Rumi

Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel. It is to bring another out of his bad sense into your good sense.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

I am annoyed by individuals who are embarrassed by pauses in a conversation. To me, every conversational pause refreshes.
~ George Sanders

Language furnishes the best proof that a law accepted by a community is a thing that is tolerated and not a rule to which all freely consent.
~ Ferdinand de Saussure

If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

I motivate players through communication, being honest with them, having them respect and appreciate your ability and your help.
~ Tommy Lasorda

Many can argue - not many converse.
~ Amos Bronson Alcott

Communications is at the heart of e-commerce and community.
~ Meg Whitman

I didn't have a lot of communication with Elvis. You had to go through a barricade to get to Elvis. It was people hanging on every word, and I felt very uncomfortable a lot of times.
~ Mac Davis

Never mistake legibility for communication.
~ David Carson

The individual's whole experience is built upon the plan of his language.
~ Henri Delacroix

Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right.
~ Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

I have a very open line of communication with both my children.
~ Gloria Estefan

Poetry is the communication through words of certain experiences that can be communicated in no other way.
~ John Drinkwater

When we speak, in gestures or signs, we fashion a real object in the world; the gesture is seen, the words and the song are heard. The arts are simply a kind of writing, which, in one way or another, fixes words or gestures, and gives body to the invisible.
~ Emile Chartier

Each person's life is lived as a series of conversations.
~ Deborah Tannen

The advantage of modern means of communication is they enable you to worry about things in all of the world
~ Laurence J. Peter

To express the most difficult matters clearly and intelligently, is to strike coins out of pure gold.
~ Emanuel Geibel

Give me the gift of a listening heart.
~ Solomon

The problems of society will also be the problems of the predominant language of that society. It is the carrier of its perceptions, its attitudes, and its goals, for through it, the speakers absorb entrenched attitudes. The guilt of English then must be recognized and appreciated before its continued use can be advocated.
~ Njabulo S Ndebele

I think sex is very interesting for most people, but I'm interested in sex as a way of communication, I'm not that interested in the fantasy version of a sex scene.
~ Maggie Gyllenhaal

Power in America today is control of the means of communication.
~ Theodore White

The thing I do, really, is a communication with audiences more than any achievement through records.
~ Richard Thompson

Mental communication without verbalization... all space is made up of waves and we are constantly sending and receiving messages from our brain
~ Tina Louise 

Storytellers, by the very act of telling, communicate a radical learning that changes lives and the world: telling stories is a universally accessible means through which people make meaning.
~ Chris Cavanaugh

Silence is one great art of conversation.
~ William Hazlitt

Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence
~ Deborah Tannen

It's populated by people who, by and large, have terrific communication skills. Every day is an extraordinary day. For me, it was just a great area for storytelling.
~ Aaron Sorkin

Republicans use think tanks to come up with a lot of their messages. The think tanks are the single worst, most undisciplined example of communication I've ever seen.
~ Frank Luntz

Strange about parents. We have such easy access to them and such daunting problems of communication.
~ James Merrill

Illiteracy is rampant. People are out of communication.
~ Karen Black

If anything characterizes the cultural life of the seventies in America, it is an insistence on preventing failures of communication.
~ Richard Rosen

I think if you touch ordinary people, they're simply ordinary people, the way they've always been. They work hard, they don't have really as much as they should.
~ Leonard Baskin

Without communication with the dead, a fully human life is not possible.
~ W. H. Auden

We have this terrible struggle to try to explain things to people who have no reason to want to know.
~ Richard P. Feynman

I cannot keep from talking, even at the risk of being instructive.
~ Mark Twain

We are trying to communicate that which lies in our deepest heart, which has no words, which can only be hinted at through the means of a story...
~ Katherine Paterson

If an artist tries consciously to do something to others, it is to stretch their eyes, their thoughts, to something they would not see or feel if the artist had not done it. To do this, he has to stretch his own first.
~ Henry Moore

Conversation in real life is full of half-finished sentences and overlapping talk. Why shouldn't painting be too?
~ Edgar Degas

Whatever is valuable in painting is precisely what one is incapable of talking about.
~ Georges Braque

You can only make art that talks to the masses when you have nothing to say to them.
~ Andre Malraux

Talk about life - but in your own way.
~ Howard Pyle

Only when you understand people, they may understand you. So even though you do not say anything, if you understand people there is some communication.
~ Shunryu Suzuki

Talking about things that are understandable only weighs down the mind.
~ Alfred Jarry

When Communication with others is from love to love... it is deeply satisfying and healthy.
Gerald Jampolsky

As so often happens, I discover that it would have been better to keep my mouth shut.
~ Prince Philip

What could be more interesting, or in the end, more ecstatic, than in those rare moments when you see another person look at something you've made, and realize that they got it exactly, that your heart jumped to their heart with nothing in between.
~ Robert Motherwell 

One of the large consolations for experiencing anything unpleasant is the knowledge that one can communicate it.
~ Joyce Carol Oates

I sometimes feel that I have nothing to say and I want to communicate this.
~ Damien Hirst

Speaking to a lawyer about pictures is something like talking to a butcher about humanity.
~ John Constable

I believe that the making of art is primarily for the benefit of the artist. If what the artist has created communicates messages and feelings to others, then it is because of the universality of the human experience that is speaking through the work of art.
~ David Walker

A conductor has to know how to translate music into a communicative force that makes the listener want to hear what he has to say.
~ Isaac Stern

There is a world of communication which is not dependent on words. This is the world in which the artist operates and for him words can be dangerous unless they are examined in the light of the work. The communication is in the work and words are no substitute for this.
~ Mary Martin

When the artist observes nature... it is as if nature communicated, through the sensitivity of the artist at that moment, one of its secrets.
~ Bruno Munari

I continuously strive to touch lives.
~ Michael Bell

The constant free flow of communication amount us-enabling the free interchange of ideas-forms the very bloodstream of our nation. It keeps the mind and body of our democracy eternally vital, eternally young.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

To have much learning, to be skillful in handicraft, well-trained in discipline, and to be of good speech -- this is the greatest blessing.
~ Gautama Buddha

There are some communities that feel you shouldn't give them the publicity, because it's just going to make people curious. There are communities who feel we need to fight them tooth and nail. What we have seen, though, is that ignoring them does not make them go away. If we sit back and let them have free reign, we lose members of our community.
~ Bill Vaughan

Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.
~ Walt Disney

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well
~ John Marshall

Two monologues do not make a dialogue.
~ Jeff Daly

The royal road to a man's heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.
Dale Carnegie

Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.
~ Pearl S. Buck

In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.
~ Stephen Covey

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
~ Epictetus

Among men and women, those in love do not always announce themselves with declarations and vows. But they are the ones who weep when you're gone. Who miss you every single night, especially when the sky is so deep and beautiful, and the ground so very cold.
~ Alice Hoffman

Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
~ Kin Hubbard 

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