101 inspiring quotes
about communication
Curated by Jeremy Balius
www.jeremybalius.com
@JeremyBalius
I hope these quotes inspire you and that you'll
inspire others by using them in your own
communications and presentations....
“It’s not all about content. It’s all
about stories. It’s not all about
stories. It’s all about great stories.” 
– Mitch J...
“The single biggest problem 
in communication 
is the illusion 
that it has taken place.” 
- George Bernard Shaw
4
“To effectively communicate, 
we must realize that we are all different
in the way we perceive the world and
use this unde...
“The most important thing 
in communication 


is hearing what isn’t said.” 
- Peter Drucker
6
“COMMUNICATION 
LEADS TO COMMUNITY, THAT IS, 
TO UNDERSTANDING, 
INTIMACY AND MUTUAL VALUING.”
- ROLLO MAY
7
“Write to be understood,
speak to be heard, 
read to grow.” 
- Lawrence Clark Powell
8
"Precision of communication 
is important, more important than ever,
in our era of hair trigger balances,
when a false or ...
"The basic building block of good
communications is the feeling that
every human being is unique and of
value." - Unknown
...
"The difference between the right
word and the almost right word is the
difference between lightning and the
lightning bug...
"The art of communication 
is the language of leadership." 
- James Humes
12
"The less people know, 
the more they yell." 
- Seth Godin
13
“The way we
communicate with others
and with ourselves
ultimately determines
the quality of our lives” 
- Tony Robbins
14
“Kind words can be short 
and easy to speak, 
but their echoes are truly
endless.” 
- Mother Theresa
15
“Storytellers, by the very
act of telling, communicate
a radical learning that
changes lives and the
world: telling storie...
“Don’t use words too big for the
subject. Don’t say infinitely when you
mean very; otherwise you’ll have no
word left when...
“Communication and Trust are
two main ingredients for a
successful RELATIONSHIP.” 
- Unknown
18
“Communication
 is the real work
of leadership.” 
- Nitin Nohria
19
“I'm a great believer that any tool
that enhances communication has
profound effects in terms of how
people can learn from...
“Skill in the art of communication is
crucial to a leader's success.  He can
accomplish nothing unless he can
communicate ...
@JeremyBalius
22
“Music is the greatest communication in
the world.  Even if people don't
understand the language that you're
singing in, t...
“What is the shortest word in the
English language that contains the
letters: abcdef? Answer: feedback.
 Don't forget that...
"Years ago, I tried to top everybody, but
I don't anymore. I realized it was killing
conversation. When you're always
tryi...
The two words 'information' and
'communication' are often used
interchangeably, but they signify
quite different things.  ...
“Communication - the human
connection - is the key to personal
and career success.” 
- Paul J. Meyer
27
“The more elaborate our means
of communication, the less we
communicate.” - Joseph Priestley
28
“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...
“The five essential entrepreneurial skills
for success are concentration,
discrimination, organization, innovation
and com...
“I speak to everyone in the same
way, whether he is the garbage man
or the president of the university.” 
- Albert Einstei...
“Communication is not only the
essence of being human, but also a
vital property of life.” 
- John A. Piece
32
“Good communication is as
stimulating as black coffee, and
just as hard to sleep after.” 
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
33
“The art of communication 
is the language of leadership.” 
- James Humes
34
“Effective communication is 
20% what you know and 
80% how you feel about what
you know.” 
- Jim Rohn
35
“In many ways, effective communication
begins with mutual respect,
communication that inspires, encourages
others to do th...
“Speak when you are
angry and you’ll make
the best speech you’ll
ever regret.” 
- Dr. Laurence J. Peter
37
“Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and
speaker. When someone receives us with open-
hearted, non-judging, int...
“Communication. It's the first thing
we really learn in life. Funny thing is,
once we grow up, learn our words
and really ...
“Many relationship problems are rooted in a
communication break-down. These can be as
simple as not really hearing what th...
“The art of effective listening is
essential to clear communication, and
clear communication is necessary to
management su...
@JeremyBalius
42
"Be sincere; 
be brief; 
be seated."

- Franklin D. Roosevelt
43
“I don't start with a design objective, I start
with a communication objective. I feel my
project is successful if it comm...
“People who connect and build fluid
relationships are trust agents.” 
- Chris Brogan & Julien Smith
45
“The goal is to provide inspiring
information that moves people to action.”
- Guy Kawasaki
46
"Developing excellent COMMUNICATION
skills is absolutely essential to effective
leadership. The leader must be able to
sha...
“Communication works 
for those who work at it.” 
- John Powell
48
“Two monologues do not
make a dialogue.” - Jeff Daly
49
“Many attempts to communicate
are nullified by saying too much.” 
- Robert Greeleaf
50
“Bad human communication
leaves us less room to grow.”
- Rowan D. Williams
51
“The spoken word belongs half to
him who speaks, and half to him
who listens.” - French Proverb
52
“How well we communicate
is determined not by how
well we say things but how
well we are understood.” 
- Andrew Grove
53
“If you don't give people information, they'll
make up something to fill the void.” 
- Carla O'Dell
54
“Communication without
compassion is brutality.”
- Sharon Johnson
55
“The ability to express an idea is
well nigh as important as the
idea itself.” - Bernard Baruch
56
“Everything becomes a little different
as soon as it is spoken out loud.” 
- Hermann Hesse
57
“Good writing does not succeed or
fail on the strength of its ability to
persuade. It succeeds or fails on the
strength of...
“First learn the meaning 
of what you say, and then speak.” 
- Epictetus
59
“Speak clearly, if you speak at all;
carve every word before you let it fall.” 
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
60
“The basic building block
of good communications
is the feeling that every
human being is unique
and of value.” - Unknown
...
@JeremyBalius
62
“Audiences forget facts, but they
remember stories. Once you get past
the jargon, the corporate world is an
endless source...
“What information consumes is
rather obvious. It consumes the
attention of its recipients. Hence a
wealth of information c...
“Communication must be
HOT. That’s Honest, Open,
and Two-way.” - Dan Oswald
65
“Before you write – remember that
every speech has something of ‘you’ in
the writing. Don’t take that away when
you write....
“Keep it short and simple
(KISS). Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg
Address took only two minutes and 246
words, most of them o...
“When you forget yourself and
your fear, when you get beyond
self-consciousness because your
mind is thinking about what y...
“Make sure you are understood.
Don't blame the other person for not
understanding. Instead, look for ways
to clarify or re...
“A lie gets halfway around the world
before the truth has a chance to get
its pants on.” – Winston Churchill
70
“Everything you do or say is
public relations.” – Unknown
71
“Without publicity there can be no
public support, and without public
support every nation must decay.” 
– Benjamin Disrae...
"If I was down to the last dollar
of my marketing budget I'd
spend it on PR!" – Bill Gates
73
“Publicity is absolutely critical.
A good PR story is infinitely
more effective than a front
page ad.” – Richard Branson
74
“When you enchant people, your goal is
not to make money from them or to get
them to do what you want, but to fill them
wi...
"In crisis management, be quick
with the facts, slow with the
blame." - Leonard Saffir
76
“How, when, and where you say
something can actually be more
important than the message itself.” 
– Anne Bruce & James S. ...
“To be persuasive we must be
believable; to be believable we must
be credible; to be credible we must
be truthful.” – Edwa...
“It is striking how our language reveals
the visual nature of our thoughts about
the future state of affairs. When we
inve...
“Setting a good example is truly the most
effective means of communication – and
setting a poor one is disastrous!” 
– Jan...
“Fortunately, you can control your words –
which means that you have the ability to
build a positive belief system… and to...
@JeremyBalius
82
“In our rush to be heard and understood,
we focus way too much on ourselves
doing the talking. We are the critical factor
...
“Effective communication is
built on the cement of trust.
And trust is based on
trustworthiness, not politics.”
– Steven R...
“The ultimate pitch for an era of short
attention spans begins with a single
word – and doesn’t go any further.” 
– Dan H....
"Of all the life skills available to us,
communication is perhaps the most
empowering."
- Brett Morrison
86
"Effective communication is an essential
component of professional success whether
it is at the interpersonal, inter-group...
"Constant self-promotion gets tuned out.
Share and give credit for other people's
wisdom and ideas 6-12 times as often as
...
"Brevity. Short sticks."
- Jesse Lahey
89
"Leaders need to give real clarity on
a regular basis rather than just a
burst of news, good or bad"
- Adam Powick
90
"The moment our discourse rises above the ground-line of familiar
facts, and is inflamed with passion or exalted thought, ...
"We should be as careful of our words
as of our actions." 
- Cicero
92
"The difference is conflict, an
important yet overlooked aspect of
all good communications."
- David Meerman Scott
93
"As financial market players know, advantage
comes from reacting to news first. The same
thing is true for all companies. ...
"Communication is the
cornerstone of effective project
management, and yet most of
it is done ad hoc, driven by
individual...
"Whether the communication is written or
verbal, formal or informal, the question must
be asked as to whether or not it wa...
"It always comes back to the audience
you're trying to reach, and the way they
think about their problems and desires."
- ...
"How can I help you? This question alone has
brought me more connections and more profits than
any other question I have e...
"Words aren't enough."
- Helio Fred Garcia
99
"I know that you believe you understand
what you think I said, but I am not sure
you realise that what you heard is not
wh...
"Effective communication also requires a mutual
understanding of needs, wants and desires."
- Kirk Hazlett
101
"I believe community management
is the new PR."
- Martin Waxman
102
"Knowing when you're ready to hire a PR
firm is the first step in your success."
- Gini Dietrich
103
"Be brief and to-the-point. Always. Everywhere."
- Rosemary O'Neill
104
"In a world of constant change, the fundamentals
are more important than ever."
- Jim Collins
105
"The words a leader speaks
are important, of course. But
how they're delivered can
make all the difference,
especially in ...
@JeremyBalius
107
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101 inspiring quotes about communication

  1. 1. 101 inspiring quotes about communication Curated by Jeremy Balius www.jeremybalius.com @JeremyBalius
  2. 2. I hope these quotes inspire you and that you'll inspire others by using them in your own communications and presentations. If the '101 inspiring quotes about communication' is helpful to you, come join the conversation on my new communications and corporate affairs website, as well as on Twitter. - Jeremy www.JeremyBalius.com @JeremyBalius 2
  3. 3. “It’s not all about content. It’s all about stories. It’s not all about stories. It’s all about great stories.” – Mitch Joel 3
  4. 4. “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” - George Bernard Shaw 4
  5. 5. “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 5
  6. 6. “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” - Peter Drucker 6
  7. 7. “COMMUNICATION LEADS TO COMMUNITY, THAT IS, TO UNDERSTANDING, INTIMACY AND MUTUAL VALUING.” - ROLLO MAY 7
  8. 8. “Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow.” - Lawrence Clark Powell 8
  9. 9. "Precision of communication is important, more important than ever, in our era of hair trigger balances, when a false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act.“ - James Thurber 9
  10. 10. "The basic building block of good communications is the feeling that every human being is unique and of value." - Unknown 10
  11. 11. "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." - Mark Twain 11
  12. 12. "The art of communication is the language of leadership." - James Humes 12
  13. 13. "The less people know, the more they yell." - Seth Godin 13
  14. 14. “The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives” - Tony Robbins 14
  15. 15. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” - Mother Theresa 15
  16. 16. “Storytellers, by the very act of telling, communicate a radical learning that changes lives and the world: telling stories is a universally accessible means through which people make meaning.” - Chris Cavanaugh 16
  17. 17. “Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say infinitely when you mean very; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.” ― C.S. Lewis 17
  18. 18. “Communication and Trust are two main ingredients for a successful RELATIONSHIP.” - Unknown 18
  19. 19. “Communication  is the real work of leadership.” - Nitin Nohria 19
  20. 20. “I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in.” - Bill Gates 20
  21. 21. “Skill in the art of communication is crucial to a leader's success.  He can accomplish nothing unless he can communicate effectively.” - Anonymous 21
  22. 22. @JeremyBalius 22
  23. 23. “Music is the greatest communication in the world.  Even if people don't understand the language that you're singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.” - Lou Rawls 23
  24. 24. “What is the shortest word in the English language that contains the letters: abcdef? Answer: feedback.  Don't forget that feedback is one of the essential elements of good communication.” - Anonymous 24
  25. 25. "Years ago, I tried to top everybody, but I don't anymore. I realized it was killing conversation. When you're always trying for a topper you aren't really listening.  It ruins communication." - Groucho Marx25
  26. 26. 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 26
  27. 27. “Communication - the human connection - is the key to personal and career success.” - Paul J. Meyer 27
  28. 28. “The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.” - Joseph Priestley 28
  29. 29. “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 29
  30. 30. “The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success are concentration, discrimination, organization, innovation and communication.” - Michael Faraday 30
  31. 31. “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” - Albert Einstein 31
  32. 32. “Communication is not only the essence of being human, but also a vital property of life.” - John A. Piece 32
  33. 33. “Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” - Anne Morrow Lindbergh 33
  34. 34. “The art of communication is the language of leadership.” - James Humes 34
  35. 35. “Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.” - Jim Rohn 35
  36. 36. “In many ways, effective communication begins with mutual respect, communication that inspires, encourages others to do their best.” - Zig Ziglar 36
  37. 37. “Speak when you are angry and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.” - Dr. Laurence J. Peter 37
  38. 38. “Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and speaker. When someone receives us with open- hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand.” - Sue Patton Thoele 38
  39. 39. “Communication. It's the first thing we really learn in life. Funny thing is, once we grow up, learn our words and really start talking, the harder it becomes to know what to say. Or how to ask for what we really need.” - Meredith Grey 39
  40. 40. “Many relationship problems are rooted in a communication break-down. These can be as simple as not really hearing what the other person is saying, because we get caught up in our own fixed perspectives.” - Sumesh Nair 40
  41. 41. “The art of effective listening is essential to clear communication, and clear communication is necessary to management success.” - James Cash 41
  42. 42. @JeremyBalius 42
  43. 43. "Be sincere; be brief; be seated."
 - Franklin D. Roosevelt 43
  44. 44. “I don't start with a design objective, I start with a communication objective. I feel my project is successful if it communicates what it is supposed to communicate.” - Mike Davidson 44
  45. 45. “People who connect and build fluid relationships are trust agents.” - Chris Brogan & Julien Smith 45
  46. 46. “The goal is to provide inspiring information that moves people to action.” - Guy Kawasaki 46
  47. 47. "Developing excellent COMMUNICATION skills is absolutely essential to effective leadership. The leader must be able to share knowledge and ideas to transmit a sense of urgency and enthusiasm to others. If a leader can't get a message across clearly and motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn't even matter." - Gilbert Amelio 47
  48. 48. “Communication works for those who work at it.” - John Powell 48
  49. 49. “Two monologues do not make a dialogue.” - Jeff Daly 49
  50. 50. “Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.” - Robert Greeleaf 50
  51. 51. “Bad human communication leaves us less room to grow.” - Rowan D. Williams 51
  52. 52. “The spoken word belongs half to him who speaks, and half to him who listens.” - French Proverb 52
  53. 53. “How well we communicate is determined not by how well we say things but how well we are understood.” - Andrew Grove 53
  54. 54. “If you don't give people information, they'll make up something to fill the void.” - Carla O'Dell 54
  55. 55. “Communication without compassion is brutality.” - Sharon Johnson 55
  56. 56. “The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself.” - Bernard Baruch 56
  57. 57. “Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.” - Hermann Hesse 57
  58. 58. “Good writing does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else’s head.” - Malcolm Gladwell 58
  59. 59. “First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.” - Epictetus 59
  60. 60. “Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes 60
  61. 61. “The basic building block of good communications is the feeling that every human being is unique and of value.” - Unknown 61
  62. 62. @JeremyBalius 62
  63. 63. “Audiences forget facts, but they remember stories. Once you get past the jargon, the corporate world is an endless source of fascinating stories.” - Ian Griffin 63
  64. 64. “What information consumes is rather obvious. It consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” - Herbert Simon 64
  65. 65. “Communication must be HOT. That’s Honest, Open, and Two-way.” - Dan Oswald 65
  66. 66. “Before you write – remember that every speech has something of ‘you’ in the writing. Don’t take that away when you write. Be yourself. Be comfortable in your own skin.” - Phil Collins, former speechwriter to Tony Blair 66
  67. 67. “Keep it short and simple (KISS). Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address took only two minutes and 246 words, most of them of one or two syllables. Before Lincoln, then-famous orator Edward Everett’s spoke for two hours and 13,607 words, many of them multi-syllabic. Simplicity is more memorable.” - David Kusnet, former speechwriter to Bill Clinton 67
  68. 68. “When you forget yourself and your fear, when you get beyond self-consciousness because your mind is thinking about what you are trying to communicate, you become a better communicator” - Peggy Noonan, former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan 68
  69. 69. “Make sure you are understood. Don't blame the other person for not understanding. Instead, look for ways to clarify or rephrase what you are trying to say so it can be understood.” - Joel Garlfinkle, Executive Coach 69
  70. 70. “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” – Winston Churchill 70
  71. 71. “Everything you do or say is public relations.” – Unknown 71
  72. 72. “Without publicity there can be no public support, and without public support every nation must decay.” – Benjamin Disraeli 72
  73. 73. "If I was down to the last dollar of my marketing budget I'd spend it on PR!" – Bill Gates 73
  74. 74. “Publicity is absolutely critical. A good PR story is infinitely more effective than a front page ad.” – Richard Branson 74
  75. 75. “When you enchant people, your goal is not to make money from them or to get them to do what you want, but to fill them with great delight.” – Guy Kawasaki 75
  76. 76. "In crisis management, be quick with the facts, slow with the blame." - Leonard Saffir 76
  77. 77. “How, when, and where you say something can actually be more important than the message itself.” – Anne Bruce & James S. Pepitone 77
  78. 78. “To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful.” – Edward R. Murrow 78
  79. 79. “It is striking how our language reveals the visual nature of our thoughts about the future state of affairs. When we invent the future, we try to get a mental picture of what things will be like long before we have begun the journey. Visions are our windows on the world of tomorrow.” – James M. Kouzes & Barry Z. Posner 79
  80. 80. “Setting a good example is truly the most effective means of communication – and setting a poor one is disastrous!” – Jan Carlzon 80
  81. 81. “Fortunately, you can control your words – which means that you have the ability to build a positive belief system… and to produce the results you want.” – Jeff Keller 81
  82. 82. @JeremyBalius 82
  83. 83. “In our rush to be heard and understood, we focus way too much on ourselves doing the talking. We are the critical factor in communication, it is true. But our listening is much more important than our talking, because our listening determines whether we learn anything, and actual communication occurs.” – Harvey Robbins & Michael Finley 83
  84. 84. “Effective communication is built on the cement of trust. And trust is based on trustworthiness, not politics.” – Steven R. Covey 84
  85. 85. “The ultimate pitch for an era of short attention spans begins with a single word – and doesn’t go any further.” – Dan H. Pink 85
  86. 86. "Of all the life skills available to us, communication is perhaps the most empowering." - Brett Morrison 86
  87. 87. "Effective communication is an essential component of professional success whether it is at the interpersonal, inter-group, intra- group, organisational or external level." - Mike Myatt 87
  88. 88. "Constant self-promotion gets tuned out. Share and give credit for other people's wisdom and ideas 6-12 times as often as you share your own gems." - Jesse Lahey 88
  89. 89. "Brevity. Short sticks." - Jesse Lahey 89
  90. 90. "Leaders need to give real clarity on a regular basis rather than just a burst of news, good or bad" - Adam Powick 90
  91. 91. "The moment our discourse rises above the ground-line of familiar facts, and is inflamed with passion or exalted thought, it clothes itself in images. A man conversing in earnest, if he watch his intellectual processes, will find that always a material image, more or less luminous, arises in his mind, contemporaneous with every thought, which furnishes the vestment of the thought.... This imagery is spontaneous. It is the blending of experience with the present action of the mind. It is proper creation." - Ralph Waldo Emerson 91
  92. 92. "We should be as careful of our words as of our actions." - Cicero 92
  93. 93. "The difference is conflict, an important yet overlooked aspect of all good communications." - David Meerman Scott 93
  94. 94. "As financial market players know, advantage comes from reacting to news first. The same thing is true for all companies. When you start the conversation, you are recognised as someone who is plugged into the marketplace of ideas. If you talk about an idea early, you naturally get more exposure because the threads of conversation stem from what you have said. If you're in late you get lost in the cacophony." - David Meerman Scott 94
  95. 95. "Communication is the cornerstone of effective project management, and yet most of it is done ad hoc, driven by individuals, personalities, and preferences, rather than by needs, protocols, processes, and procedures." - Carl Pritchard 95
  96. 96. "Whether the communication is written or verbal, formal or informal, the question must be asked as to whether or not it was effective." - Carl Pritchard 96
  97. 97. "It always comes back to the audience you're trying to reach, and the way they think about their problems and desires." - Brian Clark 97
  98. 98. "How can I help you? This question alone has brought me more connections and more profits than any other question I have ever asked. It is more than a question; it is a way of being. It is a lifestyle." - Larry Benet 98
  99. 99. "Words aren't enough." - Helio Fred Garcia 99
  100. 100. "I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant." - Robert McCloskey 100
  101. 101. "Effective communication also requires a mutual understanding of needs, wants and desires." - Kirk Hazlett 101
  102. 102. "I believe community management is the new PR." - Martin Waxman 102
  103. 103. "Knowing when you're ready to hire a PR firm is the first step in your success." - Gini Dietrich 103
  104. 104. "Be brief and to-the-point. Always. Everywhere." - Rosemary O'Neill 104
  105. 105. "In a world of constant change, the fundamentals are more important than ever." - Jim Collins 105
  106. 106. "The words a leader speaks are important, of course. But how they're delivered can make all the difference, especially in tough times." - John Baldoni 106
  107. 107. @JeremyBalius 107
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