Communication Quotes

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Verbal, nonverbal & written. Yes you got it right! We are talking about communication. The skill that can provide you with everything you could ever want. Where lack of it can cost you everything. So powerful, in fact it can start and end a war.

Mastering communication skills will certainly give you advantage and help you achieve you dreams. It’s also certainly a must have for everyone wanting to climb the ladder of success. So to help you, we have collected the most important quotes about communication from the most influential people of all time.

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Leaders need to give real clarity on a regular basis rather than just a burst of news, good or bad.

Adam Powick

I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.

Albert Einstein

How well we communicate is determined not by how well we say things but how well we are understood.

Andrew Grove

How, when, and where you say something can actually be more important than the message itself.

Anne Bruce & James S. Pepitone

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

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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

The basic building block of good communications is the feeling that every human being is unique and of value.

Communication and Trust are two main ingredients for a successful RELATIONSHIP.

Skill in the art of communication is crucial to a leader’s success.  He can accomplish nothing unless he can communicate effectively.

What is the shortest word in the English language that contains the letters: abcdef? Answer: feedback.  Don’t forget that feedback is one of the essential elements of good communication.

The basic building block of good communications is the feeling that every human being is unique and of value.

Everything you do or say is public relations.

Without publicity there can be no public support, and without public support every nation must decay.

Benjamin Disraeli

The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself.

Bernard Baruch

I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they’re interested in.

Bill Gates

If I was down to the last dollar of my marketing budget I’d spend it on PR!

Bill Gates

Of all the life skills available to us, communication is perhaps the most empowering.

Brett Morrison

It always comes back to the audience you’re trying to reach, and the way they think about their problems and desires.

Brian Clark

Communication is a skill that you can learn.  It’s like riding a bicycle or typing.  If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.

Brian Tracy

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

Communication is the cornerstone of effective project management, and yet most of it is done ad hoc, driven by individuals, personalities, and preferences, rather than by needs, protocols, processes, and procedures.

Carl Pritchard

Whether the communication is written or verbal, formal or informal, the question must be asked as to whether or not it was effective.

Carl Pritchard

If you don’t give people information, they’ll make up something to fill the void.

Carla O'Dell

People who connect and build fluid relationships are trust agents.

Chris Brogan & Julien Smith

Storytellers, by the very act of telling, communicate a radical learning that changes lives and the world: telling stories is a universally accessible means through which people make meaning.

Chris Cavanaugh

We should be as careful of our words as of our actions.


The ultimate pitch for an era of short attention spans begins with a single word – and doesn’t go any further.

Dan H. Pink

Communication must be HOT. That’s Honest, Open, and Two-way.

Dan Oswald

Keep it short and simple (KISS). Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address took only two minutes and 246 words, most of them of one or two syllables. Before Lincoln, then-famous orator Edward Everett’s spoke for two hours and 13,607 words, many of them multi-syllabic. Simplicity is more memorable.

David Kusnet

The difference is conflict, an important yet overlooked aspect of all good communications.

David Meerman Scott

As financial market players know, advantage comes from reacting to news first. The same thing is true for all companies. When you start the conversation, you are recognised as someone who is plugged into the marketplace of ideas. If you talk about an idea early, you naturally get more exposure because the threads of conversation stem from what you have said. If you’re in late you get lost in the cacophony.

David Meerman Scott

To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful.

Edward R. Murrow

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.


Be sincere; be brief; be seated.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The spoken word belongs half to him who speaks, and half to him who listens.

French Proverb

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

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

George Bernard Shaw

Developing excellent COMMUNICATION skills is absolutely essential to effective leadership. The leader must be able to share knowledge and ideas to transmit a sense of urgency and enthusiasm to others. If a leader can’t get a message across clearly and motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn’t even matter.

Gilbert Amelio

Knowing when you’re ready to hire a PR firm is the first step in your success.

Gini Dietrich

Years ago, I tried to top everybody, but I don’t anymore. I realized it was killing conversation. When you’re always trying for a topper you aren’t really listening.  It ruins communication.

Groucho Marx

When you enchant people, your goal is not to make money from them or to get them to do what you want, but to fill them with great delight.

Guy Kawasaki

The goal is to provide inspiring information that moves people to action.

Guy Kawasaki

In our rush to be heard and understood, we focus way too much on ourselves doing the talking. We are the critical factor in communication, it is true. But our listening is much more important than our talking, because our listening determines whether we learn anything, and actual communication occurs.

Harvey Robbins & Michael Finley

Words aren’t enough.

Helio Fred Garcia

So the whole war is because we can’t talk to each other.

Henry Winkler

What information consumes is rather obvious. It consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.

Herbert Simon

Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.

Hermann Hesse

Audiences forget facts, but they remember stories. Once you get past the jargon, the corporate world is an endless source of fascinating stories.

Ian Griffin

The art of effective listening is essential to clear communication, and clear communication is necessary to management success.

James Cash

The art of communication is the language of leadership.

James Humes

It is striking how our language reveals the visual nature of our thoughts about the future state of affairs. When we invent the future, we try to get a mental picture of what things will be like long before we have begun the journey. Visions are our windows on the world of tomorrow.

James M. Kouzes & Barry Z. Posner

Precision of communication is important, more important than ever, in our era of hair trigger balances, when a false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act.

James Thurber

Setting a good example is truly the most effective means of communication – and setting a poor one is disastrous!

Jan Carlzon

Two monologues do not make a dialogue.

Jeff Daly

Fortunately, you can control your words – which means that you have the ability to build a positive belief system… and to produce the results you want.

Jeff Keller

Constant self-promotion gets tuned out. Share and give credit for other people’s wisdom and ideas 6-12 times as often as you share your own gems.

Jesse Lahey

Brevity. Short sticks.

Jesse Lahey

In a world of constant change, the fundamentals are more important than ever.

Jim Collins

Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.

Jim Rohn

Make sure you are understood. Don’t blame the other person for not understanding. Instead, look for ways to clarify or rephrase what you are trying to say so it can be understood.

Joel Garlfinkle

Communication is not only the essence of being human, but also a vital property of life.

John A. Piece

The words a leader speaks are important, of course. But how they’re delivered can make all the difference, especially in tough times.

John Baldoni

Communication works for those who work at it.

John Powell

The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.

Joseph Priestley

Effective communication also requires a mutual understanding of needs, wants and desires.

Kirk Hazlett

How can I help you? This question alone has brought me more connections and more profits than any other question I have ever asked. It is more than a question; it is a way of being. It is a lifestyle.

Larry Benet

Speak when you are angry and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.

Laurence J. Peter

Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow.

Lawrence Clark Powell

In crisis management, be quick with the facts, slow with the blame.

Leonard Saffir

Music is the greatest communication in the world.  Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.

Lou Rawls

Good writing does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else’s head.

Malcolm Gladwell

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.

Mark Twain

I believe community management is the new PR.

Martin Waxman

Communication. It’s the first thing we really learn in life. Funny thing is, once we grow up, learn our words and really start talking, the harder it becomes to know what to say. Or how to ask for what we really need.

Meredith Grey

The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success are concentration, discrimination, organization, innovation and communication.

Michael Faraday

I don’t start with a design objective, I start with a communication objective. I feel my project is successful if it communicates what it is supposed to communicate.

Mike Davidson

Effective communication is an essential component of professional success whether it is at the interpersonal, inter-group, intra- group, organisational or external level.

Mike Myatt

It’s not all about content. It’s all about stories. It’s not all about stories. It’s all about great stories.

Mitch Joel

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Mother Theresa

Communication  is the real work of leadership.

Nitin Nohria

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.

Paul J. Meyer

When you forget yourself and your fear, when you get beyond self-consciousness because your mind is thinking about what you are trying to communicate, you become a better communicator

Peggy Noonan

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

Peter Drucker

Before you write – remember that every speech has something of ‘you’ in the writing. Don’t take that away when you write. Be yourself. Be comfortable in your own skin.

Phil Collins

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.


The moment our discourse rises above the ground-line of familiar facts, and is inflamed with passion or exalted thought, it clothes itself in images. A man conversing in earnest, if he watch his intellectual processes, will find that always a material image, more or less luminous, arises in his mind, contemporaneous with every thought, which furnishes the vestment of the thought…. This imagery is spontaneous. It is the blending of experience with the present action of the mind. It is proper creation.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Publicity is absolutely critical. A good PR story is infinitely more effective than a front page ad.

Richard Branson

Self-consciousness kills communication.

Rick Steves

Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.

Robert Greeleaf

I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant.

Robert McCloskey

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.

Rollo May

Be brief and to-the-point. Always. Everywhere.

Rosemary O'Neill

Bad human communication leaves us less room to grow.

Rowan D. Williams

The less people know, the more they yell.

Seth Godin

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t being said. The art of reading between the lines is a life long quest of the wise.

Shannon L. Alder

Cruel people offer pity when they no longer feel threatened. However, kind people offer compassion and understanding regardless.

Shannon L. Alder

Communication without compassion is brutality.

Sharon Johnson

Effective communication is built on the cement of trust. And trust is based on trustworthiness, not politics.

Steven R. Covey

Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and speaker. When someone receives us with open- hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand.

Sue Patton Thoele

Many relationship problems are rooted in a communication break-down. These can be as simple as not really hearing what the other person is saying, because we get caught up in our own fixed perspectives

Sumesh Nair

The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things.  Information is giving out; communication is getting through.

Sydney J. Harris

To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.

Tony Robbins

The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.

Tony Robbins

Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.

Vera Nazarian

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

Winston Churchill

In many ways, effective communication begins with mutual respect, communication that inspires, encourages others to do their best.

Zig Ziglar