"Repose is as necessary in conversation as in a picture." -Hazlitt.
"Conversation shoud be pleasant without scurrility, unity without'affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood." -Shakespeare
"One would think that the larger the company is the greater variety of thoughts and subjects would be started in discourse; but instead of this, we find that conversation is never so much straitened and confined as in large assemblies." -Addison.
"In company it is a vary great fault to be more forward in setting of one's self, and talking to show one's parts them to learn the worth, and be truly acquainted with the abilities of men..He that makes it his business not to know, but to be known, is like a foolish tradesman, who makes all the haste he can to sell off his old stock, but takes no thought of laying in any new." Charron.
"Conversation warms the mind, enlivens the imagination, and is continually starting fresh game that is immediately pursued and taken, which would never have occurred in the, duller intercourse of epistolary correspondence". -Franklin