I went through two majors in college before settling on Communication. In my first ever communication course, I was immediately fascinated at all the tools humans have developed to communicate with each other. However, it wasn’t the “how”, but the “why” that always fascinated me. Why do humans choose to communicate the way we do?
It was a question I carried over into my graduate school work in training and development. It is a question that carries me as I coach, train, and write about how to have deeper, more authentic communication with other people.
Communication has gone from the spoken word to written word to digital word. And there are forms of communication that don’t use words at all! Yet, despite its form, the audience will always be the same. We communicate with other people. I think we forget that sometimes. Famous (and not so famous) people have spoken some great truth about the power inherent in communication.
In this post, I share 12 life-changing communication quotes. These 12 communication quotes address the how and why of effective communication. If implemented, they will change your life. I love quotes because they have a way of making you think, pause, and reflect. Tis the season of giving, so I would like to give you the gift of inspiration.
12 Life Changing Communication Quotes
“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.”
“Not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
“The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversations is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than about what others are saying, and we never listen when we are eager to speak.”
~Francois La Rochefoucauld
“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.”
“The genius of communication is the ability to be both totally honest and totally kind at the same time.”
“In communications, familiarity breeds apathy.”
“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.”
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
“Regardless of the changes in technology, the market for well-crafted messages will always have an audience.”
“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.”
“Evil communication corrupts good manners. I hope to live to hear that good communication corrects bad manners.”