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Values being created

"It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others." Montaigne

"Long conversations with pals when neither you nor they have had a drink can be a test of palship." P.J. O'Rourke

Targeted market


"I like to talk with people who express my thoughts clearly." Unknown


Brief history

"The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer." Henry David Thoreau

 The Tao of Effective Listening

"The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young." Willa Cather

Milestones completed and future plans

"I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can't read any poetry." Randall Jarrell

 Communication Management Skills

"A good memory and a tongue tied in the middle is a combination which gives immortality to conversation." Mark Twain

"Never mistake legibility for communication." David Carson

   Managerial Communication

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Oscar Wilde

"Telling lies is a fault in a boy, an art in a lover, an achievement in a bachelor, and second nature in a married woman." Helen Rowland

"Humor is the good natured side of truth." Mark Twain

"Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity." Nick Diamos

 Growth Strategy


"Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after." Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Operational plan

"The tongue is the only instrument that gets sharper with use." Washington Irving

"When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth." George Bernard Shaw

"If you can't say anything nice about a man, let's hear it." Unknown


"I don't care what is written about me so long as it isn't true." Dorothy Parker

Development risk

"Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood." Freeman Teague Jr.

"Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?" Clarence Darrow

Risk management strategy

"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." Mark Twain

Growth risk

"Super-competence is more objectionable than incompetence." Murphy's Law: Peter's Observation

"I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying." Oscar Wilde

"I am always ready to learn, but I do not always like being taught." Winston Churchill

Risk management strategy

"One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody's listening." Franklin P. Jones

Other risks

"A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal." Oscar Wilde

"Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it." Samuel Johnson

Risk management strategy

"Grains of truth, if pounded and cooked, are easier to digest. They are also healthier for you." Vadim Kotelnikov


"If you are going to tell people the truth, be funny or they will kill you." Billy Wilder



"Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter since nobody listens." Nick Diamos

"Some read to think, these are rare; some to write, these are common; and some read to talk, and these form the great majority." Charles Caleb Colton

"Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give, but dreadfully uneasy to take." Josh Billings

"No one so thoroughly appreciates the value of constructive criticism as the one who is giving it." Arthur Robinson

"The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." Hubert H. Humphrey

"The really important things are said over cocktails and are never done." Peter F. Drucker

10 Great Communication Quotes


"There is nothing so annoying as to have two people talking when you're busy interrupting." Mark Twain

"Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness." Margaret Miller

"A bore is a person who talks when you wish him to listen." Ambrose Bierce

"Only one fellow in ten thousand understands the currency question, and we meet him every day." Kin Hubbard

"My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe." Jimmy Durante

"It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue." Oscar Wilde

"Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument." Richard Whately

"If you can't answer a man's argument, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names." Elbert Hubbard

"It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue." Voltaire

Marketing strategy

"I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments." Oscar Wilde

"A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something." Wilson Mizner

"Lying has a kind of respect and reverence with it. We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him." Samuel Butler

 Funds Required and Uses

"When a fellow says it ain't the money but the principle of the thing, it's the money." Artemus Ward

 Financial Projections  

"A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money." Everett Dirksen

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