Subject: Communication

It is all very well to be able to write books, but can you waggle your ears?

(1860 – 1937) Scottish author, dramatist (creator of Peter Pan)

When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.

Anything in parentheses can be ignored.

Diplomacy: To do and say the nastiest thing in the nicest way. 

(1887 – 1938) American journalist, author, editor & lecturer

The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.

(1788 – 1860) German philosopher

I have read your book and much like it.

(1900 – 1986) American teacher & translator

An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.

(1689 – 1755) French philosopher & political commentator

Lawyer: One who protects us against robbery by taking away the temptation.

(1880 – 1956) journalist, essayist, editor & satirist

Sometimes I think [my writing] sounds like I walked out of the room and left the typewriter running.

(1890 – 1960) journalist, author & dramatist

But the real tragedy was that 15 hadn't been colored yet.

(1945 – ) football coach

I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together; it was riveting.

Canadian stand-up comedian, actor & writer

In modern America, anyone who attempts to write satirically about the events of the day finds it difficult to concoct a situation so bizarre that it may not actually come to pass while the article is still on the presses.

(1935 – ) columnist, journalist & novelist

Then, of course, there's that old one: Never use a preposition to end a sentence with.

Mausoleum: The final and funniest folly of the rich.

(1842 – 1914) author & satirist

A lot of people think kids say the darnedest things, but so would you if you had no education.

(1974 – ) Russian-born American comedian, writer & filmmaker

The man who says "I may be wrong, but… " does not believe there can be any such possibility.

(1868 – 1930) cartoonist, humorist & journalist

His finest hour lasted a minute and a half.

(1917 – 2012) comedian & actress

When you talk to him, he looks at you and grins and grins and nods and nods and appears to be the world's best listener, until you realize he is not listening at all.

(1933 – ) television & radio host

One man is as good as another until he has written a book.

(1817 – 1893) English tutor, education reformer, theologian & translator

You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.

(1879 – 1955) German-born physicist

If a man is talking in the forest, and there is no woman there to hear him, is he still wrong?













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