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Egotists cannot converse, they talk to themselves only
Debate is angular, conversation circular and radiant of the underlying unity
Conversation is an abandonment to ideas, a surrender to persons
Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine
The tone of good conversation is brilliant and natural; it is neither tedious nor frivolous; it is instructive without pedantry, gay without tumultuousness, polished without affectation, gallant without insipidity, waggish without equivocation
There is nothing so delightful as the hearing, or the speaking of truth. For this reason, there is no conversation so agreeable as that of the man of integrity, who hears without any intention to betray, and speaks without any intention to deceive
Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men
All men, well interrogated, answer well
In excessive altercation, truth is lost
Conversation is the image of the mind; as the man, so is his speech
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