Unfamiliar Quotations

Communication and Silence

  "A statute is written to entrap meaning, a poem to escape it." - Hilary Mantel

 "Silence is sometimes the most costly of commodities." - Alan Bradley

"Whatever you lack in Skill and Ability can be easily masked with Volume and Poor Attitude."- Marvin Johnson

"It is a sure sign of troubled mines, the habit of quotation." - Hilary Mantel

"Gentlemen never quote accurately." - Des MacHale

"If your voice goes up at the end that doesn't necessarily make it a question." - Ginjer Buchanan

"I found out the hard way that 'kreplach' is not Klingon." - Kory Tideman

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther king, Jr.

"I have the right to remain silent." - R.T. Lawton
"Speech is free but talk is cheap." -David Malki!

"You go to war with the media you have, not the media you want." - Jon Favreau

"When I was in college, there were certain words you could not say in front of a girl... Now you can say them, but you can't say 'girl.'" - Tom Lehrer 

“What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.” -Logan Pearsall Smith

"The saddest five words in the English language are, 'You know what I meant!'" - James Lincoln Warren

"Bullshit still works as fertilizer." - Chuck Wendig

"I like digressions when I'm the one doing the digressions." - Bill Crider

"I can't say hello in less than five thousand words." -Mark J. Ferrari

"What relationships need is less communication, not more." -Connie Willis.

"A mouth in motion tends to stay in motion." - Stephen Pastis

"Panelists, do you have any questions for the audience?" - Kevin B. Smith

“Ideas are easy. Execution is hard.” – David Edgerley Gates

“Anyone using the words ‘activation’ or ‘implementation’ will be shot.” - Maury Maverick, President of Smaller War Plants Corporation, 1944.

“You’re not eight. Punctuate.” - Nat Budin

“There has been tragedy enough without splitting infinitives.” - Herbert Adams


"Couples must conspire to hide things from one another; it's too difficult for either party to do alone." -Lawrence Shames

"He was so far out of the loop, he hadn't even known there was a loop." -Margaret Coel
"The squeaky wheel gets put on the oil committee." -Lorrie B. Potters

"Or perhaps the truth is less interesting than the facts?" -Amy Weiss, Senior Vice President for Communications, RIAA

"Where there's smoke, there's bound to be mirrors." -Garry Trudeau


"What people really need is a good listening to." -Mary Lou Casey

"It doesn't matter that everything has been said, because no one was listening." -A. Gide

"May my silences become more accurate." -Theodore Roethke

"If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all, creep." -Calvin Trillin
"Silence is the art of keeping three monkeys in your heart." -Michael Smith

"This sentence no verb." -D. Hofstader

"If you don't know how to pronounce a word, say it loud." -Will Strunk

"When a man's grief makes him so incoherent as that, we must at least give him credit for sincerity." -J.P. Dunn

"Unfortunately, he was not very skillful at expressing himself in Russian (although he knew no other language)." -Feodor Dostoevsky