Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
— Francis Bacon

No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.
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A conference is a gathering of people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.
— Fred A. Allen

Could Hamlet have been written by a committee, or the Mona Lisa painted by a club? Could the New Testament have been composed as a conference report? Creative ideas do not spring from groups. They spring from individuals. The divine spark leaps from the finger of God to the finger of Adam, whether it takes ultimate shape in a law of physics or a law of the land, a poem or a policy, a sonata or a mechanical computer.
— Alfred Whitney Griswold

I originated a remark many years ago that I think has been copied more than any little thing that Ive every said, and I used it in the FOLLIES of 1922. I said America has a unique record. We never lost a war and we never won a conference in our lives. I believe that we could without any degree of egotism, single-handed lick any nation in the world. But we cant confer with Costa Rica and come home with our shirts on.
— conference quotation by Will Rogers