20 Quotes To Use As Conversation Starters At The Dinner Table

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”

Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance

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“The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.”

Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

“Life would be a lot easier if conversations were rewindable and erasable, like videos. Or if you could instruct people to disregard what you just said, like in a courtroom.”

Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

George Bernard Shaw

“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.”

René Descartes

“A person isn't who they are during the last conversation you had with them - they're who they've been throughout your whole relationship.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

“Language is a poor enough means of communication as it is. So we should use all the words we have.”

Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl

“Kids who don't eavesdrop on adult conversations are doomed to a childhood of ignorance.”

Kelley Armstrong, Men of the Otherworld

“Ah, good conversation - there's nothing like it, is there? The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.”

Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence

"If we want to change the world, we have to go back to a time when warriors would gather around a fire and tell stories.”

Paulo Coelho

“Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.”

Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Out of anger comes controversy, out of controversy comes conversation, out of conversation comes action.”

Tupac Shakur

“In love, as in life, one misheard word can be tremendously important. If you tell someone you love them, for instance, you must be absolutely certain that they have replied 'I love you back' and not 'I love your back' before you continue the conversation.”

Lemony Snicket

“Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say infinitely when you mean very; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.”

C.S. Lewis

“People who talk about their dreams are actually trying to tell you things about themselves they’d never admit in normal conversation.”

Chuck Klosterman

“I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.”

George Bernard Shaw

“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after.”

Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

“Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear.”

Judy Blume

“I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstandings.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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