Communication Quotes

Communication is about being effective, not always about being proper.
– Bo Bennett

Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
– Epictetus
Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.
– Ansel Adams
It is vital that the United States maintains open lines of communication with our allies. We must assure them of our commitment to eradicating global terrorism wherever it may reside or wherever it's given haven.
– George Allen
Words and pictures can work together to communicate more powerfully than either alone.
– William Albert Allard
In communications, familiarity breeds apathy.
– William Bernbach
Illiteracy is rampant. People are out of communication.
– Karen Black
The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one's life and discover one's usefulness.
– John Cheever
Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible.
– Frank Moore Colby
In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.
– Stephen Covey
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
Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation.
– Walt Disney
Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.
– Walt Disney
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.
– Peter F. Drucker
The communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.
– T. S. Eliot
By and large, the critics and readers gave me an affirmed sense of my identity as a writer. You might know this within yourself, but to have it affirmed by others is of utmost importance. Writing is, after all, a form of communication.
– Ralph Ellison
The desire to write grows with writing.
– Desiderius Erasmus
It frequently happens that two persons, reasoning right on a mechanical subject, think alike and invent the same thing without any communication with each other.
– Oliver Evans
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
– Gustave Flaubert
The first work of the director is to set a mood so that the actor's work can take place, so that the actor can create. And in order to do that, you have to communicate, communicate with the actors. And direction is about communication on all levels.
– William Friedkin
He that communicates his secret to another makes himself that other's slave.
– Baltasar Gracian
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
I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.
– Ernest Hemingway
A world community can exist only with world communication, which means something more than extensive short-wave facilities scattered ;about the globe. It means common understanding, a common tradition, common ideas, and common ideals.
– Robert M. Hutchins
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
– Hans Hofmann
Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh
When you stop talking, you've lost your customer. When you turn your back, you've lost her.
– Estee Lauder
To communicate through silence is a link between the thoughts of man.
– Marcel Marceau
To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well.
– John Marshall
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
There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to.
– Michel de Montaigne
There is only one rule for being a good talker - learn to listen.
– Christopher Morley
The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.
– Edward R. Murrow
Communication is everyone's panacea for everything.
– Tom Peters
Communication works for those who work at it.
– John Powell
Already we Viewers, when not viewing, have begun to whisper to one another that the more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
– J. B. Priestley
To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.
– Anthony Robbins
Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.
– Jim Rohn
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
Extremists think communication means agreeing with them.
– Leo C. Rosten
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
If anything characterizes the cultural life of the seventies in America, it is an insistence on preventing failures of communication.
– Richard Rosen
The thing I do, really, is a communication with audiences more than any achievement through records.
– Richard Thompson
Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. To survive in the world, we have to act in concert with others, but to survive as ourselves, rather than simply as cogs in a wheel, we have to act alone.
– Deborah Tannen
No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.
– H. G. Wells
Writing has nothing to do with communication between person and person, only with communication between different parts of a person's mind.
– Rebecca West
There are some people who have the quality of richness and joy in them and they communicate it to everything they touch. It is first of all a physical quality; then it is a quality of the spirit.
– Thomas Wolfe
If listeners aren't carried away to Heaven,I'm failing.
– La Monte Young
Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.
– David Herbert Lawrence
You're talking about a younger generation, Generation Y, whose interpersonal communication skills are different from Generation X. The younger generation is more comfortable saying something through a digital mechanism than even face to face.
– Erik Qualman
You know, Quincy Jones was a great mentor, but he was a man in a man's world. Fortunately he's a very sensitive man and a beautiful human being, and even though he was 14 or 15 years older than me, he's a capable human being and has great communication skills.
– Lesley Gore
You know, my dad wasn't a photographer or filmmaker by profession, but on Sundays, he would take pictures of me and my family or his pals horseback riding, and it was a means of communication and affection, a means of not being so dysfunctional with each other.
– Bruce Weber
You don't have any communication between the Israelis and the Iranians. You have all sorts of local triggers for conflict. Having countries act on a hair trigger - where they can't afford to be second to strike - the potential for a miscalculation or a nuclear war through inadvertence is simply too high.
– Dennis Ross
Yet, in spite of this world-wide system of linkages, there is, at this very moment, a general feeling that communication is breaking down everywhere, on an unparalleled scale.
– David Bohm
Yes, it must be something that goes very well with my voice, let's say something that I understand that this would be good communication with the others, and I don't pretend for instance, to look for music that would be something that doesn't go with my personality.
– Victoria de los Angeles
Writing is a communication.
– Theodore Sturgeon
Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.
– Carol Burnett
Without television and mass communication, that knowledge wouldn't exist. So I think it actually has the possibility of turning people into more understanding and more empathetic people.
– John Warnock
Without a possibility of change in meanings human communication could not perform its present functions.
– Kenneth L. Pike
With Jackson there was quiet solitude. Just to sit and look at the landscape. An inner quietness. After dinner, to sit on the back porch and look at the light. No need for talking. For any kind of communication.
– Lee Krasner
Who would know but ten years ago that kids would be texting each other all the time, that that would be one of their main forms of communication. And so many times, these kids know more about the technology than their parents. And so many times, we're putting kids in very adult situations and expecting them to behave like they're 40 years old.
– Amy Klobuchar
When I did it with Johnny, it was almost a telepathic kind of communication.
– Edgar Winter
When first starting to work with someone you try to get them in the same mindset that you were in when you were successful, and I realized the best thing you can ever do is realize that they are not you. They have a different persona and mindset, and you have to figure out what works best within your communication with that athlete.
– Dan O'Brien
What is music anyway? It's a form of communication, and that's why I play the kind of music that I think - that I hope - can communicate with people.
– Kenny G
What does music mean to me? I don't think I would really be much without it, without it coming through me. It's my means of communication, my means of growth, my means of transportation from one point in my life to another.
– Erykah Badu
We need men and women to sit down and talk to each other about sex honestly and openly. That would help us fight Aids so immediately. But our lack of communication is hugely problematic.
– Emma Thompson
We know that communication must be hampered, and its form largely determined, by the unconscious but inevitable influence of a transmitting mechanism, whether that be of a merely mechanical or of a physiological character.
– Oliver Joseph Lodge
We intend to keep the lines of communication open with the Defense Department so we can help our border law enforcement agencies navigate the equipment application process.
– Henry Cuellar
We have to realize only in communication, in real knowledge, in real reaching out, can there be an understanding that there's humanity everywhere, and that's what I'm trying to do.
– Mira Nair
We emphasize that such a form of communication is not absent in man, however evanescent a naturally given object may be for him, split as it is in its submission to symbols.
– Jacques Lacan
We don't communicate in full sentences anyway. We don't need all those words.
– Shepard Smith
Walt put everything he knew about communication with images into the park, so it was very familiar.
– John Hench
Unlike then, the mail stream of today has diminished by such things as e-mails and faxes and cell phones and text messages, largely electronic means of communication that replace mail.
– John M. McHugh
Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.
– Stephen Covey
Today, most young women are exposed to technology at a very young age, with mobile phones, tablets, the Web or social media. They are much more proficient with technology than prior generations since they use it for all their school work, communication and entertainment.
– Susan Wojcicki
Today, comics is one of the very few forms of mass communication in which individual voices still have a chance to be heard.
– Scott McCloud
To devise an information processing system capable of getting along on its own - it must handle its own problems of programming, bookkeeping, communication and coordination with its users. It must appear to its users as a single, integrated personality.
– Cliff Shaw
To conclude: good journalism is one of the models of good conversation and communication in the wider social context.
– Rowan D. Williams
Tim and Fritz Lang I loved working with. Not Hitchcock so much. There was no communication.
– Sylvia Sidney
These sites have torn down the geographical divide that once prevented long distance social relationships from forming, allowing instant communication and connections to take place and a virtual second life to take hold for its users.
– Mike Fitzpatrick
There's all these ways to instantly communicate - cars, computers, telephone and transportation - and even with all that, it's so hard to find people and have an honest communication with them.
– Jason Schwartzman
There must be a reason why photographers are not very good at verbal communication. I think we get lazy.
– Annie Leibovitz
There is no roles. No one is keeping any roles. The drummer is also answering everybody and everything. So it is a constant conversation and communication between musicians on an extremely high level with extremely valuable material, motifs, and melodies.
– Miroslav Vitous
There is a world of communication which is not dependent on words.
– Mary Martin
There are two barriers that often prevent communication between the young and their elders. The first is middle-aged forgetfulness of the fact that they themselves are no longer young. The second is youthful ignorance of the fact that the middle aged are still alive.
– Jessamyn West
Their spirituality was in nature, even though Emerson was a preacher on the pulpit, he ended up going out into nature for direct, face-to-face communication with God, if you want to call all of this creation part of God.
– Story Musgrave
The way you communicate an idea is different than the way you communicate a product.
– Frank Luntz
The waste of capital, in proportion to the total capital, in this country between 1800 and 1850, in the attempts which were made to establish means of communication and transportation, was enormous.
– William Graham Sumner
The thing that we are trying to do at facebook, is just help people connect and communicate more efficiently.
– Mark Zuckerberg
The thing that I've always been slightly frustrated with, was that the idea of a CD is kind of confined to a material possession that you can put on a shelf. And the idea of music, for me, is always about both the communication and the sharing of content. And so the interactive part is missing.
– Yo-Yo Ma
The thing I've come to learn is that what's great about small independent films is the intimacy and the communication that occurs when you're making them.
– Guy Pearce
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 A. Volcker
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
– George Bernard Shaw
The other thing about FEMA, my understanding is that it was supposed to move into the Department of Homeland Security... and be what it was, but also having a lot of lateral communication with all those others involved in that issue of homeland security.
– Warren Rudman
The new artists coming through were very materialistic and Hollywood, not so engaged in communication.
– Patti Smith
The nations of the West hope that by means of steam communication all the world will become as one family.
– Townsend Harris
The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
– Joseph Priestley
The major advances in speed of communication and ability to interact took place more than a century ago. The shift from sailing ships to telegraph was far more radical than that from telephone to email!
– Noam Chomsky
The level of communication you can achieve with an infant is really profound.
– Mayim Bialik