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Perhaps the best conversationalist in the world is the man who helps others to talk.

East of Eden
When a man says he does not want to speak of something he usually means he can think of nothing else.

East of Eden
When I listen to people talk, all I hear is what they're not tellin' me.
Saying nothing sometimes says the most.
Women prefer to talk in twos, while men prefer to talk in threes
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache
A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying
If a person never contradicts himself, it must be that he says nothing
Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly
First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak
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