163 Effective Communication Quotes to Help You Be a Good Communicator

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The Most Famous Communication Quotes (Best in 2024)

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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

Communication works for those who work at it. — John Powell

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

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

Communication - the human connection - is the key to personal and career success. — Paul J. Meyer

Humans cannot communicate; not even their brains can communicate; not even their conscious minds can communicate. Only communication can communicate. — Niklas Luhmann

Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers. — Les Brown

The more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate. — J. B. Priestley

If you just communicate, you can get by. But if you communicate skillfully, you can work miracles. — Jim Rohn

We are in a world that is connected, but is not communicating. — Tariq Ramadan

Short Communication Quotes

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  • The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said. — Peter Drucker
  • The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't being said. — Unknown
  • The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. — George Bernard Shaw
  • Music is the one thing that has been consistently there for me. It hasn’t let me down. — Jimmy Page
  • Leadership is a way of thinking, a way of acting and, most importantly, a way of communicating. — Simon Sinek
  • There's a lot of different forms of communication, but music is absolutely the purest one. — Duane Allman
  • Graphic Design is the communication of information in an appropriate visual manner. — Massimo Vignelli
  • Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. — William Butler Yeats
  • The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak. — Baruch Spinoza
  • Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know. — Jim Rohn

Communication Image Quotes

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Communication quote by Peter Drucker

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said. — Peter Drucker

Communication quote by William Butler Yeats

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

Communication quote by Martha Graham

Misery is a communicable disease. — Martha Graham

Communication quote by Abraham Maslow

Language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and preventing communication. — Abraham Maslow

Communication quote by Jacques Derrida

I always dream of a pen that would be a syringe. — Jacques Derrida

Communication quote by Jim Rohn

The only healthy communication style is assertive communication. — Jim Rohn

Communication quote by Leonard Bernstein

Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable. — Leonard Bernstein

Communication quote by Leonard Bernstein

Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable. — Leonard Bernstein

Communication quote by Marcel Marceau

To communicate through silence is a link between the thoughts of man. — Marcel Marceau

Communication quote by Ross Perot

Talk is cheap. Words are plentiful. Deeds are precious. — Ross Perot

Communication quote by Carlos Fuentes

Writing is a struggle against silence. — Carlos Fuentes

Communication quote by Larry Burkett

Money is either the best or the worst area of communication in our marriages. — Larry Burkett

Communication quote by Theodore White

Power in America today is control of the means of communication. — Theodore White

Communication quote The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to undrstand. We listen to
The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to undrstand. We listen to reply.

Lack Of Communication Quotes

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Technology is a compulsive and addictive way to live. Verbal communication cannot be lost because of a lack of skill. The ability to listen and learn is key to mastering the art of communication. If you dont use your verbal skills and networking, it will disappear rapidly. Use technology wisely. — Rick Pitino

We need men and women to sit down and talk to each other about sex honestly and openly. That would help us fight Aids so immediately. But our lack of communication is hugely problematic. — Emma Thompson

It's (the lack of communication between the people in his paintings, ed.) probably a reflection of my own, if I may say, loneliness. I don't know. It could be the whole human condition. — Edward Hopper

Communication quote Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable
Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seen important to you.

Every citizen's vote should count in America, not just the votes of partisan insiders in the Electoral College. The Electoral College was necessary when communications were poor, literacy was low and voters lacked information about out-of-state figures, which is clearly no longer the case. — Gene Green

Sometimes there is a greater lack of communication in facile talking than in silence. — Faith Baldwin

As a writer I have always fought for the right to write. For writing is a time-honored means of communication. Lack of communication, the refusal of some to understand, or outright refusal to learn about other human beings is based on fear. Fear is what keeps people apart. — Piri Thomas

Communication quote The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.

Our lack of intimacy is due to our refusal to unplug and shut off communication from all others so we can be alone with Him. — Francis Chan

I think there's a lack of understanding which is partly our fault as scientists and physicians in not communicating well enough with the public. But there's a lack of understanding of how important biomedical research is. — Laurie Glimcher

Mass communication communicates massively: its language lacks precise articulation and avoids demanding terms; it argues for the kind of behavior in life which will make a "good program": ethic equals showbiz. — Frederic Raphael

Always communicate no matter how hard it is to tell someone something's wrong. It's worse not to talk about it. I learn this every few years. The truth hurts for 3 days. Lack of truth hurts your whole life. — James Marsters

Importance Of Communication Quotes

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The essence of cross-cultural communication has more to do with releasing responses than with sending messages. It is more important to release the right response than to send the right message. — Edward T. Hall

I understood the importance in principle of public key cryptography but it's all moved much faster than I expected. I did not expect it to be a mainstay of advanced communications technology — Whitfield Diffie

Often, lectins can get in the way of important cells communicating with one another. And when that happens, the body's response is usually inflammation or some other type of reaction to toxicity, like nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting. — Steven Gundry

Communication quote The hardest thing to say is usually worth saying
The hardest thing to say is usually worth saying

The most important kind of human communication happens when our brains send information to other brains through complex patterns of air pressure waves. Have you ever stopped and thought about how incredible that is? — Tim Urban

Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people. — Jim Rohn

The way I make art, the way a lot of people make art, is as an extension of language and communication, where references are incredibly important. — Shepard Fairey

Communication quote The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.

Important leadership skill is precisely communicating your intent — that is, proposing what the properties of successful execution would be, while leaving the choices of how to achieve those goals for the team to propose in return. — Greg Brockman

A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country? — George Washington

There are five fundamental qualities that make every team great: communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring and pride. I like to think of each as a separate finger on the fist. Any one individually is important. But all of them together are unbeatable — Mike Krzyzewski

Dreams, puns, elisions, plays on words and similar tricks that we ordinarily think of as frivolous, all play a surprising and somewhat disconcerting role in the communication of important and serious feelings. — Milton H. Erickson

Team Communication Quotes

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The most important thing in coaching is communication. It's not what you say as much as what they absorb. — Red Auerbach

Team members need to feel trusted and valued, and micromanaging communicates the opposite. Founders who are prone to manage every detail of their businesses will ultimately kill themselves as well as lose the support of team members. Learn to delegate key tasks and give credit. — Martin Zwilling

Building a strong team around you and being able to really communicate well with them is part of what’s going to bring you a higher level of success. — Meghan Markle

Communication quote Communication is only effective when we communicate in a way that is meaningful
Communication is only effective when we communicate in a way that is meaningful to the recipient, not ourselves.

The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for a common goal. — Dave DeBusschere

Your ability to communicate to your young people will determine your success. — Jim Harrick

Storyboarding is what I call an "idea landscape" - one that can help unleash creativity, improve communication, and identify practical solutions to complex problems. The beauty of storyboarding is that ideas from an entire team are harnessed, not just those from the extroverts or vocal members. — Bill Capodagli

Communication quote Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.
Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.

A great football team is the right balance and the right mixture of players. Good leaders, good communicators and good technicians. You need people that are strategically astute. People need passion, desire and most importantly, a willingness to keep learning. — Hope Powell

Most of the time when there's a communication problem, it's because the message being received is not the message you want. It's not that they don't know what they need to do, how we need to act as a team, whatever. If you don't like the message, then you go say there's a communication problem. — Mike D'Antoni

If someone is difficult to talk to, if someone cannot communicate clearly, it's a real problem in terms of their likelihood to work out. — Sam Altman

I see my job simply as helping disseminate the message of Barack Obama, working with the communications team to make sure that we're true to the ideals and the values and the programs that he wants to advance in this country. And that's the extent of my involvement. — David Axelrod

Bad Communication Quotes

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A good DJ is always looking at the crowd, seeing what they’re like, seeing whether it’s working; communicating with them. Smiling at them. And a bad DJ is always looking down at what they’re doing all the time and just doing their thing that they practiced in their bedroom — Fatboy Slim

No communication is always a bad sign. — Chris Voss

I agree that it is not just the extremists who harbor bad thoughts or engage in bad acts, but they are usually the source of the polarization and try to keep education and communication of the main stream from moving forward. — Joichi Ito

Communication quote Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom.
Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom.

It's logical that people from bad times will reflect their feelings in their communication. Music is part of the communication. If you lived it, you can do it. — Nina Simone

Evil communication corrupts good manners. I hope to live to hear that good communication corrects bad manners. — Benjamin Banneker

The best thing you can give as a leader is a reason to trust. People want to trust. They're hungry for it. But they're selective. They'll only give it to a motivator, a communicator, a teacher, a real person. Someone who in good times and bad always does the right thing. — Jeffrey R. Immelt

Communication quote Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective commu
Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that hold all relationships.

In order to develop love - universal love, cosmic love, whatever you would like to call it one must accept the whole situation of life as it is, both the light and the dark, the good and the bad. One must open oneself to life, communicate with it. — Chogyam Trungpa

Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn't listening. — Emma Thompson

Language exists to communicate whatever it can communicate. Some things it communicates so badly that we never attempt to communicate them by words if any other medium is available. — C. S. Lewis

People live longer today than they ever have. They live happier lives, have more knowledge, more information. All this is the result of communications technology. How is any of that bad? — Tom Clancy

Open Communication Quotes

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Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible - the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. — Virginia Satir

A gentle word opens an iron gate. — Bulgarian Proverbs

One gentle word opens a gate of iron. — Bulgarian Proverbs

Communication quote Passion is nothing without action or communication.
Passion is nothing without action or communication.

An open ear is the only believable sign of an open heart. — David W Augsburger

I just think that if you use materials that have an ability to communicate directly, you open up a channel and you can work through that. So you are using the power of materials. — Marc Quinn

If you have a built-in level of respect and trust and openness to essentially be yourself, it allows for a deeper uncensored communication [with your partner]. — Richard Gere

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

Honest, open communication is the only street that leads us into the real world... We then begin to grow as never before. And once we are on this road, happiness cannot be far away. — John Powell

The anointing of the Holy Spirit is given to illuminate His Word, to open the Scriptures, and to place the spiritual man in direct communication with the mind of God. — Charles Fox Parham

Great communicators have an appreciation for positioning. They understand the people they're trying to reach and what they can and can't hear. They send their message in through an open door rather than trying to push it through a wall. — John P. Kotter

Commerce changes entirely the fate and genius of nations, by communicating arts and opinions, circulating money, and introducing the materials of luxury; she first opens and polishes the mind, then corrupts and enervates both that and the body. — Thomas Gray

Nonverbal Communication Quotes

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Truly effective negotiators are conscious of the verbal, paraverbal — Chris Voss

Nonverbal communication is an elaborate secret code that is written nowhere, known by none, and understood by all. — Edward Sapir

The chimpanzees taught me a lot about nonverbal communication. The big difference between them and us is that they don't have spoken language. Everything else is almost the same: Kissing, embracing, swaggering, shaking the fist. — Jane Goodall

Nonverbal communication forms a social language that is in many ways richer and more fundamental than our words. — Leonard Mlodinow

My drawing, like that of most cartoonists, is intended first of all to be functional: to create believable space, and communicate information. My strongest point in drawing has always been my ability to show characters' nonverbal communication through facial expression and posture. — Jessica Abel

I was analyzing the guys' nonverbal communication. — Glen Davis

All that we know about the interaction between leaders and constituents or followers tells us that communication and influence flow in both directions; and in that two-way communication, nonrational, nonverbal, and unconscious elements play their part. — John W. Gardner

So much of marriage was implicit and nonverbal. Had I gotten so complacent I'd forgotten to communicate? — Jodi Picoult

Languages Communication Quotes

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. — Charles Dickens

A language is not just words. It's a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is. It's all embodied in a language. — Noam Chomsky

Symbolism is the language of the Mysteries. By symbols men have ever sought to communicate to each other those thoughts which transcend the limitations of language. — Manly Hall

The divine communicates to us primarily through the language of the natural world. Not to hear the natural world is not to hear the divine. — Thomas Berry

Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language. — Walt Disney

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Language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and preventing communication. — Abraham Maslow

Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true. — Salman Rushdie

We have one language, and two ears for a reason: we need to listen more than we speak. — Arabic Proverbs

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Writing is a struggle against silence. — Carlos Fuentes

This overall flow of genetic information—from DNA to RNA to protein—is known as the central dogma of molecular biology, and it is the language used to communicate and express life. — Jennifer Doudna

Relationship Communication Quotes

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Prayer is spiritual communication between man and God, a two-way relationship in which man should not only talk to God but also listen to Him. Prayer to God is like a child's conversation with his father. It is natural for a child to ask his father for the things he needs. — Billy Graham

Clear communication. Respect. A lot of laughter. And a lot of orgasms. That's what makes a marriage work. — Dr. Dre

If someone does not smile at you, be generous and offer your own smile. Nobody needs a smile more than the one that cannot smile to others. — Dalai Lama

When you like someone, you like them in spite of their faults. When you love someone, you love them with their faults. — Hermann Hesse

The wise stand out because they see themselves as part of the Whole. They shine because they don't want to impress. They achieve great things because they don't look for recognition. Their wisdom is contained in what they are, not their opinions. They refuse to argue, so no-one argues with them. — Lao Tzu

Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships. — Stephen Covey

I speak with my father about everything in my life. — Jared Kushner

Don’t allow the grass to grow on the path of friendship. — American Proverbs

We must establish a personal connection with each other. Connection before content. Without relatedness, no work can occur. — Peter Block

You cannot ask anyone for things you don’t already give them. — Alex Hormozi

No Communication Quotes

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Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible. — Carl Jung

If globalization is to succeed, it must succeed for poor and rich alike. It must deliver rights no less than riches. It must provide social justice and equity no less than economic prosperity and enhanced communication. — Kofi Annan

A person isn't considered insane if there are a number of people who believe the same way. Insanity isn't supposed to be a communicable disease. If one other person starts to believe him, or maybe two or three, then it's a religion. — Robert M. Pirsig

In the future no human being is to find peace in the enjoyment of happiness if others beside him are unhappy. — Rudolf Steiner

The tongue has no bones. — Moroccan Proverbs

Music means communication to me. I say 'listen you people out there, listen to my music, let's be one.' Music is a friend to me when I am lonely, when I am blue. You can't define music 'cause music is cosmos and it knows no barrier or definition. You have to feel music to dig it. — Robert Plant

The poor prey on one another because their lives offer no hope and communicate the tragic message to these human beings that they have no possibility to attain a decent standard of living. — Thabo Mbeki

Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication can to the humanizing of international relations — J. William Fulbright

What we had learned over time is that we could no longer communicate with government agencies. We actually couldn’t even communicate with our propagandized colleagues in major medical centers, all of which appear to be under a spell, almost as if they are hypnotized right now. — Peter A. McCullough

I often speak publicly, and when I do, I also get to listen to other presenters. The most memorable are the ones that hit an emotional chord with a tight story and a punch line. No fluff. Keep it creative and concise. Greatness exists in quality, not quantity. — Lewis Howes

Effective Communication Quotes

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Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can't miss. — Lee Iacocca

The key to success is to get out into the store and listen to what the associates have to say. It's terribly important for everyone to get involved. Our best ideas come from clerks and stockboys. — Sam Walton

Man's inability to communicate is a result of his failure to listen effectively. — Carl Rogers

But theater, because of its nature, both text, images, multimedia effects, has a wider base of communication with an audience. That's why I call it the most social of the various art forms. — Wole Soyinka

A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective. — Irving Penn

One timely shout is better than constant talk. — Mexican Proverbs

I only storyboard scenes that require special effects, where it is necessary to communicate through pictures. — John Boorman

The number one way a man can succeed in fulfilling a woman's primary love needs is through communication. By learning to listen to a woman's feelings, a man can effectively shower a woman with caring, understanding, respect, devotion, validation, and reassurance. — John Gray

Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively. — Gerald R. Ford

Action speaks louder than words. — English Proverbs

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More Communication Quotes

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Within 2 years Im predicting...that youre going to see a suitcase nuke in this country. Youre probably going to see a release in a few years of something communicable. & I am predicting that you will see a lot of conventional bombings...in the next year or so. — Alex Jones

I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from The Savior of the world is communicated to us through this Book. — Abraham Lincoln

It is now clear to me that the family is a microcosm of the world. To understand the world, we can study the family: issues such as power, intimacy, autonomy, trust, and communication skills are vital parts underlying how we live in the world. To change the world is to change the family. — Virginia Satir

A polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colourful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots can't stay alone; like the communicative life of people, two or three polka-dots become movement... Polka-dots are a way to infinity. — Yayoi Kusama

We must pray without ceasing, in every occurrence and employment of our lives - that prayer which is rather a habit of lifting up the heart to God as in a constant communication with Him. — Elizabeth Ann Seton

To learn a thing in life and through doing is much more developing, cultivating, and strengthening than to learn it merely through the verbal communication of ideas. — Friedrich Frobel

I'm an observer of life. I like to watch people, and I like to watch cactus. I like to talk to mountains and communicate with my friends in the other spheres and dimensions. — Frederick Lenz

People want to talk to other people - not a house, or an office, or a car. Given a choice, people will demand the freedom to communicate wherever they are, unfettered by the infamous copper wire. It is that freedom we sought to vividly demonstrate in 1973. — Martin Cooper

Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true. — Charles Dickens

Between what I think, what I want to say, what I believe I say, what I say, what you want to hear, what you believe to hear, what you hear, what you want to understand, what you think you understand, what you understand...They are ten possibilities that we might have some problem communicating. But let's try anyway... — Bernard Werber

Since every school in India teaches English, why can't it be our link language? Why do Tamils have to study English for communication with the world and Hindi for communications within India? Do we need a big door for the big dog and a small door for the small dog? I say, let the small dog use the big door too! — C. N. Annadurai

One of the most common ways to overcome resistance to change is to educate people about it beforehand. Communication of ideas helps people see the need for and the logic of a change. The education process can involve one-on-one discussions, presentations to groups, or memos and reports. — John P. Kotter

A good score should have a point of view all of its own. It should transcend all that has gone before, stand on its own two feet and still serve the movie. A great soundtrack is all about communicating with the audience, but we all try to bring something extra to the movie that is not entirely evident on screen. — Hans Zimmer

INNATE is God in human beings. INNATE is good in human beings. INNATE cannot be cheated, violated, or tricked. INNATE is always waiting, ready to communicate with you, and when INNATE is in contact you are in tune with the Infinite. — B. J. Palmer

I will go anywhere and do anything in order to communicate the love of Jesus to those who do not know Him or have forgotten Him. — Frances Xavier Cabrini

If I were a dictator, religion and state would be separate. I swear by my religion. I will die for it. But it is my personal affair. The state has nothing to do with it. The state would look after your secular welfare, health, communications, foreign relations, currency and so on, but not your or my religion. That is everybody's personal concern! — Mahatma Gandhi

Nothing exists; even if something exists, nothing can be known about it; and even if something can be known about it, knowledge about it can't be communicated to others. — Gorgias

The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue. — Edward R. Murrow

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