112 Best Communication Quotes for effective relationships

By Derek Wydra

Discover the power of words with our handpicked collection of the best quotes about communication. Whether for relationships, work, leadership, or teamwork, these quotes shed light on how communication is key to achieving success. Dive in to find the inspiration you need to transform your communication skills.

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πŸ”‘ Quotes about how communication is key

Communication shapes our world and connections, making it the foundation of all successful relationships and endeavors. These quotes emphasize the importance of communication in creating understanding and collaboration.

  1. “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.
    β€” Peter Drucker, Renowned Management Consultant
  2. “Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.”
    β€” Paul J. Meyer, Pioneer of Self-Improvement
  3. “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
    β€” George Bernard Shaw, Nobel Prize-winning Playwright
  4. “Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”
    β€” Yehuda Berg, Leading Authority on Kabbalah
  5. “Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively.”
    β€” Gerald R. Ford, 38th President of the United States
  6. “A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations they are willing to have.”
    β€” Timothy Ferriss, Bestselling Author & Entrepreneur
    πŸ‘‰ Read our summary of his book “The 4-Hour Workweek”!
  7. “We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of thought.”
    β€” Oliver Sacks, Celebrated Neurologist & Writer
  8. “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”
    β€” Buddha, Founder of Buddhism
  9. “Deliberate much before saying or doing anything, for you will not have the power of recalling what is said or done.”
    – Epictetus, Influential Stoic Philosopher
    πŸ‘‰ Read our summary of his book “Discourses of Epictetus”!
  10. “Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.”
    β€” Hermann Hesse, Nobel Prize-winning Author
  11. “The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy.”
    β€” Florence Scovel Shinn, Influential Metaphysical Author of “The Game of Life and How to Play It”
  12. “Good words are worth much and cost little.”
    β€” George Herbert, Distinguished Poet & Clergyman
  13. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
    β€” Crucial Conversations, renowned business book

πŸ‘‚ Quotes about listening in communication

Listening is the silent hero of effective communication. These quotes delve into the art of truly hearing others, revealing that listening is the gateway to deeper understanding and connection.

  1. “The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.”
    β€” Stephen R. Covey, Author & Leadership Expert
    πŸ‘‰ Read our summary of his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”
  2. “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”
    β€” Epictetus, Influential Stoic Philosopher
    πŸ‘‰ Read our summary of his book “Discourses of Epictetus”!
  3. “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
    β€” Ernest Hemingway, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning Novelist
  4. “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
    β€” Dale Carnegie, Self-Help Author
    πŸ‘‰ Read our summary of his book “How to Win Friends and Influence People”
  5. “The way to truly win friends and influence the best people is to be more interested in listening to them than you are in impressing them.”
    β€” Mark Goulston, Psychiatrist & Author, in “Just Listen”
  6. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
    ― Winston Churchill, Former British Prime Minister & Nobel Laureate
  7. “Being charismatic does not depend on how much time you have but on how fully present you are in each interaction.”
    β€” Olivia Fox Cabane, Author, in “The Charisma Myth”
  8. “Listening is often the only thing needed to help someone.”
    β€” Unknown
  9. “Communication sometimes is not what you first hear, listen not just to the words, but listen for the reason.”
    β€” Catherine Pulsifer, Inspirational Author
  10. “There is only one rule for being a good talker – learn to listen.”
    β€” Christopher Morley, Journalist & Novelist
  11. Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.”
    β€” Doug Larson, Newspaper Columnist
  12. β€œ[Your] measure of self-assurance is how deeply and sincerely interested you are in others; [your] measure of insecurity is how much you try to impress them with you.”
    β€” Mark Goulston, Psychiatrist & Author, in “Just Listen”
  13. “The best thing to do when someone is venting, whining, or complaining is to avoid interrupting.” β€”Mark Goulston, Psychiatrist & Author, in “Just Listen”
  14. “There’s a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak.”
    β€” Simon Sinek, Leadership Guru & Author
    πŸ‘‰ Read our summary of his book “Start With Why”
  15. “There are two kinds of people in this life. Those who walk into a room and say, β€˜Well, here I am!’ And those who walk in and say, β€˜Ahh, there you are.’
    β€” Leil Lowndes, Communication Skills Expert and Author, in “How to Talk to Anyone”
  16. “When we listen to someone with the intention of helping that person suffer less, this is deep listening.”
    β€” Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Master & Peace Activist, in “The Art of Communicating”
    πŸ‘‰ Read our summary of his book “The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching”
  17. The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.”
    β€” Ralph G. Nichols, Pioneer in Listening Research
  18. “We are stronger when we listen, and smarter when we share.”
    β€” Rania Al-Abdullah, Queen of Jordan & Advocate

πŸ‘₯ Quotes about communication for relationships

Strong relationships are built on the pillars of open and honest communication. Here, discover quotes that illuminate the significance of sharing and connecting with those we hold dear.

  1. “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”
    ― Fred Rogers, Beloved Television Host & Educator
  2. Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.”
    β€” Rollo May, Existential Psychologist
  3. “A lot of problems in the world would be solved if we talked to each other instead of about each other.”
    β€” Nicky Gumbel, Anglican priest and author
  4. “Children don’t need to have their feelings agreed with; they need to have them acknowledged.”
    β€” Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, Acclaimed Parenting Experts, in “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk”
  5. “Verbal communication is essential in order to understand what is going on inside other people. If they do not tell us their thoughts, their feelings, and their experiences, we are left to guess.”
    β€” Dr. Gary Chapman, Renowned Marriage Counselor and Author
    πŸ‘‰ Read our summary of his book “The 5 Love Languages”
  6. β€œGreat communication begins with connection.”
    β€” Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul & Philanthropist
  7. Vulnerability is about sharing our feelings and our experiences with people who have earned the right to hear them. Being vulnerable and open is mutual and an integral part of the trust-building process.”
    β€” BrenΓ© Brown, Researcher and Author, in “Daring Greatly”
  8. “Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.
    β€” Oscar Wilde, Celebrated Playwright & Novelist
  9. “Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn’t listening.
    β€” Emma Thompson, Award-Winning Actress & Screenwriter
  10. “We’re often afraid of being vulnerable, but vulnerability creates genuine connection.”
    β€” Gabby Bernstein, Motivational Speaker & Author
  11. “What we can do is set limits on our own exposure to people who are behaving poorly; we can’t change them or make them behave right.”
    β€” Henry Cloud and John Townsend, Bestselling Authors, in “Boundaries”

❀️ Quotes about communication for love

The language of love is nuanced and profound. Explore quotes that capture the essence of how communication acts as the heartbeat of romantic connections.

  1. “You can talk with someone for years, everyday, and still, it won’t mean as much as what you can have when you sit in front of someone, not saying a word, yet you feel that person with your heart, you feel like you have known the person for forever… connections are made with the heart, not the tongue.”
    β€” C. JoyBell C., Inspirational Author & Poet
  2. “You cannot, nor should you ever try to, change your partner. That is his or her job. your job is to change the ways you communicate, react, and respond to your partner.”
    β€” John Gray, Relationship Expert & Author
    πŸ‘‰ Read our summary of his book “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”
  3. “Most of us grew up speaking a language that encourages us to label, compare, demand, and pronounce judgments rather than to be aware of what we are feeling and needing.”
    β€” Marshall B. Rosenberg, Psychologist & Author
    πŸ‘‰ Read our summary of his book “Nonviolent Communication”
  4. “The two biggest mistakes we make in relating to the opposite sex: men mistakenly offer solutions and invalidate feelings while women offer unsolicited advice and direction.”
    β€” John Gray, Relationship Expert & Author
  5. “The 3 C’s of healthy relationships: communication, compromise, commitment.”
    β€” Unknown
  6. “I think for any relationship to be successful, there needs to be loving communication, appreciation and understanding.”
    β€” Miranda Kerr, Model & Wellness Entrepreneur
  7. “Most men have little awareness of how important it is to a woman to feel supported by someone who cares. Women are happy when they believe their needs will be met. When a woman is upset, overwhelmed, confused, exhausted, or hopeless what she needs most is simple companionship. She needs to feel she is not alone. She needs to feel loved and cherished.”
    β€” John Gray, Relationship Expert & Author
  8. “Men need to remember that women talk about problems to get close and not necessarily to get solutions.”
    β€” John Gray, Relationship Expert & Author

πŸ’Ό Quotes about communication for work & business

In the realm of work and business, clear communication fuels progress and innovation. These quotes highlight the power of articulate expression and mutual understanding in the workplace and professional settings.

  1. “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.”
    β€” Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple
    πŸ‘‰ Read our summary of his biography “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson
  2. “When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.”
    β€” Stephen R. Covey, Author & Leadership Expert
  3. “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.”
    β€” Dale Carnegie, Influential Self-Help Author
    πŸ‘‰ Read our summary of his book “How to Win Friends and Influence People”
  4. Criticism is futile because it puts a person on the defensive and usually makes him strive to justify himself. Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person’s precious pride, hurts his sense of importance, and arouses resentment.”
    β€” Dale Carnegie, Influential Self-Help Author
  5. “People who are skilled at dialogue do their best to make it safe for everyone to add their meaning to the shared poolβ€”even ideas that at first glance appear controversial, wrong, or at odds with their own beliefs. Now, obviously they don’t agree with every idea; they simply do their best to ensure that all ideas find their way into the open.”
    β€” Crucial Conversations, bestselling business book
  6. “He who has learned to disagree without being disagreeable has discovered the most valuable secret of negotiation.”
    β€” Chris Voss, Former FBI Lead Negotiator & Author
    πŸ‘‰ Read our summary of his book “Never Split the Difference”
  7. “How well we communicate is not determined by how well we say things but how well we are understood.”
    β€” Andrew Grove, Engineer & CEO of Intel
  8. “In many ways, effective communication begins with mutual respect, communication that inspires, and encourages others to do their best.”
    β€” Zig Ziglar, Motivational Speaker & Author
  9. “Excellent communication doesn’t just happen naturally. It is a product of process, skill, climate, relationship and hard work.”
    β€” Pat McMillan, Leadership Development Expert
  10. “An absence of effective communication will ultimately lead to conflict.”
    β€” John Hoover, Organizational Behavior Expert, in The Art of Constructive Confrontation

πŸ’‘ Quotes about effective communication

Mastering the art of communication is a journey towards impact and clarity. This collection showcases insights into making every word count and every interaction meaningful.

  1. “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.”
    β€” Tony Robbins, Motivational Speaker & Author
  2. “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.”
    β€” Brian Tracy, Self-Development Author
    πŸ‘‰ Read our summary of his book “The Psychology of Selling”
  3. “It’s the most talented, not the least talented, who are continually trying to improve their dialogue skills. As is often the case, the rich get richer.”
    β€” Crucial Conversations, Bestselling business book
  4. “Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.”
    β€” Jim Rohn, Motivational Speaker & Author
  5. Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.”
    β€” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Jurist & Poet
  6. “Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” β€” Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Renowned Writer & Aviator
  7. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
    β€” Albert Einstein, Genius Theoretical Physicist
  8. The more words it takes you to describe the topic, the less prepared you are to talk.”
    β€” Crucial Conversations, Bestselling business book
  9. “If you just communicate, you can get by. But if you communicate skillfully, you can work miracles.” β€” Jim Rohn, Motivational Speaker & Author
  10. “If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.”
    β€” Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister & Orator
  11. “The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.”
    β€” Sydney J. Harris, Journalist & Author
  12. “Communication is not about speaking what we think. Communication is about ensuring others hear what we mean.”
    β€” Simon Sinek, Leadership Guru & Author
  13. Replacing paper with a PC screen doesn’t change the need for clear, precise communication.”
    β€” Kenneth Roman & Joel Raphaelson, Authors of “Writing That Works”

❌ Quotes about lack of communication

The absence of communication can lead to misunderstandings and missed opportunities. These quotes reflect on the challenges and consequences of communication gaps.

  1. “Many times in life I’ve regretted the things I’ve said without thinking. But I’ve never regretted the things I said nearly as much as the words I left unspoken.”
    β€” Lisa Kleypas, Award-Winning Novelist
  2. “Conflict avoidance is not the hallmark of a good relationship. On the contrary, it is a symptom of serious problems and poor communication.”
    β€” Harriet B. Braiker, Psychologist & Author
  3. Lack of communication is the key to any successful relationship going wrong.”
    β€” Pepa, Rapper and Philosopher
  4. “A lack of communication breeds assumptions of what the other person is thinking or feeling. Assumptions are, more often than not, incorrect.”
    β€” Misty Lynn Walker
  5. Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.”
    β€” Charlie Kaufman, Screenwriter & Director
  6. “There is no communication that is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.”
    ― Luigina Sgarro
  7. “Communication to a relationship is like oxygen is to life. Without it, it dies.”
    β€” Tony A. Gaskins Jr., Life Coach

πŸ—£οΈ Quotes about communication for leadership

Leadership thrives on the ability to communicate vision, values, and direction. Discover quotes that emphasize communication as a cornerstone of effective leadership.

  1. “Communication is the real work of leadership.”
    β€” Nitin Nohria, Former Dean of Harvard Business School
  2. “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
    β€” Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Author of “The Little Prince”
  3. “The only reason to give a speech is to change the world.”
    ― John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States
  4. “The difference between mere management and leadership is communication.”
    β€” Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister & Historian
  5. “Great leaders communicate and great communicators lead.”
    β€” Simon Sinek, Leadership Thinker & Author
  6. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
    β€” Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States & General
  7. “In order to convince and inspire others to follow and accomplish a mission, a leader must be a true believer in the mission.”
    β€” Jocko Willink, Retired Navy SEAL and Leadership Author
    πŸ‘‰ Read our summary of his book “Extreme Ownership”
  8. “If you don’t seem confident of what you say or your speech is stuffed with instances of throat-clearing and fillers, why would the listener have any concrete faith in your words either?”
    β€” Grady Roche
  9. Charismatic behavior can be broken down into three core elements: presence, power, and warmth.”
    β€” Olivia Fox Cabane, Author of “The Charisma Myth”
  10. “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.”
    β€” Jim Rohn, Motivational Speaker
  11. “People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.”
    β€” John C. Maxwell, Leadership Author
  12. “Every time I stand to communicate I want to take one simple truth and lodge it in the heart of the listener. I want them to know that one thing and know what to do with it.”
    β€” Andy Stanley, Prominent Speaker & Pastor
  13. “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” β€” Lee Iacocca, CEO of Ford and Chrystler
  14. “The art of communication is the language of leadership.”
    β€” James Humes, Presidential Speechwriter & Author
  15. “This is the Curse of Knowledge. Once we know something, we find it hard to imagine what it was like not to know it. Our knowledge has ‘cursed’ us. And it becomes difficult for us to share our knowledge with others, because we can’t readily recreate our listeners’ state of mind.”
    β€” Chip and Dan Heath, New York Times Bestselling Authors
    πŸ‘‰ Read our summary of their book “Made to Stick”

🀝 Quotes about communication for teams

Teamwork is strengthened by open lines of communication. Here, find quotes that celebrate the role of shared dialogue in achieving collective success.

  1. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”
    β€” Michael Jordan, Basketball Legend
  2. “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”
    β€” Phil Jackson, Renowned NBA Coach
  3. “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”
    β€” Babe Ruth, Hall of Fame Baseball Player
  4. “In teamwork, silence isn’t golden, it’s deadly.”
    β€” Mark Sanborn, Leadership Expert
  5. “It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”
    β€” Charles Darwin, Father of Evolution
  6. “None of us is as smart as all of us.”
    β€” Ken Blanchard, Management Guru
  7. “Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication.”
    β€” Mike Krzyzewski, Olympic Basketball Coach
  8. “Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.”
    β€” Patrick Lencioni, Bestselling Author of “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”

πŸ˜„ Funny quotes about communication

Light-hearted and humorous, these quotes offer a playful take on the complexities and quirks of communicating with others, reminding us not to take it all too seriously.

  1. “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”
    β€” Mark Twain, Legendary American Writer
  2. “Communication is everyone’s panacea for everything.”
    β€” Tom Peters, Management Guru & Author of “In Search of Excellence”
  3. Two monologues do not make a dialogue.”
    β€” Jeff Daly, American Designer
  4. “Conversation, n. A vocal competition in which the one who is catching his breath is called the listener.”
    β€” Ambrose Bierce, Satirist & Writer
  5. “By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.”
    β€” George Carlin, Comedian
  6. “Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”
    β€” Unknown
  7. “I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.”
    β€” Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States
  8. “There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.”
    β€” Dale Carnegie, Personal Success Author
  9. “A group is a bunch of people in an elevator. A team is a bunch of people in an elevator, but the elevator is broken.”
    β€” Bonnie Edelstein
  10. “Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.”
    β€” Robert Frost, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author & Poet

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