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  • Writer's pictureBarbara Mayfield, MS, RDN, LD, FAND

Top 20 Communication Quotes of all Time

Updated: Jan 8

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What makes communication effective?

What are the qualities of an effective communicator?

To answer these questions, I searched for words of wisdom from writers, philosophers, and other effective communicators from recent and not-so-recent history to create this “Top 20” list.

Read their thoughts on effective communication and becoming an effective communicator. May these quotes inspire you to continually seek ways to improve your communication skills!

Top 20 Communication Quotes of All Time

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” Epictetus

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

“The greatest communication skill is paying value to others.” Denis Waitley

“Give me the gift of a listening heart.” King Solomon

“Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity.” Nat Turner

“When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.” Stephen R. Covey

“The first problem of communication is getting people's attention.” Chip Heath

“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere.” Lee Iacocca

“Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.” William Butler Yeats

“A lot of problems in the world would be solved if we talked to each other instead of about each other.” Nickey Gumbel

“Communication works for those who work at it.” John Powell

“Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.” Robert Greenleaf

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” Peter Drucker

“Effective communication starts with listening.” Robert Gately

“Art is communication.” Madeleine L’Engle

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

“Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success." Paul J. Meyer

Keep learning and growing as a communicator. Remember…

“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

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