Tête-à-tête: The art of conversation

 Brazil

The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.
― William Hazlitt, Selected Essays, 1778-1830

 Italy

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

― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

Korea

 

Morocco

A single conversation can completely change the trajectory of our lives.
 – Kaye Earle

Los Angeles, California, USA

Conversation should be like juggling;
up go the balls and plates, up and over, in and out,

good solid objects that glitter in the footlights and
fall with a bang if you miss them.

― Evelyn Waugh

Angkor, Cambodia

 

Turkey

Lettuce is like conversation.   It must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling
that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.
– Charles Dudley Warner

Karelia, Russia

 

France
Golden Temple, Amritsar, India

My idea of good company is the company of clever,
well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation;
that is what I call good company.
– Jane Austen

France
Nouakchott, Mauritania

Love without conversation is impossible.
– Mortimer Adler

Morocco
Kashmir

 

Afghanistan

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is
better than ten years mere study of books.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Yugoslavia

The most fruitful and natural exercise
for our minds is, in my opinion, conversation.

― Michel de Montaigne, The Essays: A Selection

Afghanistan

 

Peshawar, Pakistan

Conversation. What is it? A Mystery!
It’s the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of
pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all.

― Guy de Maupassant

 

Paris, France

Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility,
witty without affectation, free without indecency,
learned without conceitedness,
novel without falsehood. 
– William Shakespeare

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42 thoughts on “Tête-à-tête: The art of conversation

  1. Grazie Steve !! La tua capacità di saper trasmettere mille sensazioni con una sola foto è unica e rara !!
    Sei un grande !!
    Thanks Steve !! Your ability to convey a thousand sensations with only one photo is unique and rare !!
    You are a great !!

  2. Thank you for sharing your great photos. To me, it is not important to hear the conversations. The beauty is in seeing the conversants, and you have captured that perfectly.

    1. Exactly what I was thinking! But to be honest I do wish I could have overheard the two ladies in Turkey that are sitting down together on the bench with a fantastic wall and struggling tree behind them.

  3. I can drown in each and everyone of these photos, trying to find out what they are talking about. It’s like a perfect novel, stimulating my fantasy.

  4. Thank you for posting these photographs. They give instant and poignant insight into so many other lives.

  5. I can just imagine what each conversation was. You’ve captured the moments perfectly. Intriguingly. Well done!

  6. I always try to look at a photograph first being aware of how it makes me feel and secondly the composition. Kudos on every level – of course. Thank you.

  7. As usual, you share such beautiful photos/quotes that always make me feel better about the World and the condition that it is. Thank you. You lifted my heart.

  8. Beautifully captured photos of people so engrossed in deep conversations . Thank you Stevebhai.

    ”Conversation is an exercise of the mind; gossip is merely an exercise of the tongue.”

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