Quotes on Communication and Skills



When I am at Milan, I do as they do at Milan; but when I go to Rome, I do as Rome does

St. Augustine 354-430, Roman theologist and philosopher


Speak when you are angry, and you will make the best speech you will ever regret

Ambrose Bierce


If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it

Albert Einstein 1879-1955; German-born American theoretical physicist


The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said

Peter F. Drucker 1909-2005, American management guru


All my life, I've always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific

Lily Tomlin (1939-), American actress and comedian as Chrissy in The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (1985)


Be concise in your writing and talking, especially when giving instructions to others

Epictetus 50-120, Greek stoic philosopher


I wish people who have trouble communicating would just shut up

Tom Lehrer 1928-, American songwriter, satirist, pianist, mathematician and singer


I believe in the discipline of silence, and could talk for hours about it

G.B. Shaw 1856-1950, Irish critic and poet


Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people

William Butler Yeats 1865 - 1939


I worry incessantly that I might be too clear

Alan Greenspan


You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere

Lee Iacocca 1924- , former CEO of Ford and famous for reviving the Chrysler brand

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