By Somali K Chakrabarti
Some conversations flow spontaneously, create uplifting vibes, and leave you upbeat and energized. These conversations go beyond the icebreakers, normal pleasantries, small talks and jokes, discussions on mundane matters, or venting out problems and happen to be more engaging, and mentally stimulating. Possibly because these conversations are around things that we may care deeply about or may help us to discover new things about ourselves, or to develop new perspectives. While silly chatter with close friends often help to unwind, engaging conversations reveal the depth of one’s personality and sometimes they may leave a deep impression on the mind.
Good conversation is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. — Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
Good questions and the willingness to listen are at the foundation of a stimulating conversation. It is hard to fake an engaging conversations, and not everybody wants to have deep conversations. Some may not have the inclination or find it too taxing or boring to have an engaging conversation on a topic that may interest the other person. While social conversations help us to connect with a broad set of people, engaging conversations can help us to broaden our outlook.
Here’s a collection of my favourite quotes on the joys of a good conversation:
One good conversation can shift the direction of change forever. ~ Linda Lam
A conversation is so much more than words, a conversation is eyes, smiles, the silences between the words. ~ Annika Thor
I love when conversations and energies just flow. Not forced. Not coerced. Just present. ~ Dav Voire
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. ~ Dorothy Nevil
Let the conversation flow at its own pace. Don’t try to rush it or control it. You need to let go and be a part of the conversation. ~ Max Weiss
The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man’s observation, not overturning it. ~ Edward G Bulwer-Lytton
Good conversations turn me on. A connection between two people. A mental one first. ~ Brian Molko
The right word at the right time will unlock the door to treasures – the wrong one will close it forever. ~ Rasheed Ogunlaru
The last two are almost poetic
Conversation may be compared to a lyre with seven chords – philosophy, art, poetry, love, scandal, and the weather. ~ Anna Jameson
Night air, good conversation, and a sky full of stars can heal almost any wound. ~ Beau Taplin
When was it that you last felt elated after having a good conversation?
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