So if you aspire to be a good conversationalist, be an attentive listener. To be interesting, be interested. Ask questions that other persons will enjoy answering. Encourage them to talk about themselves and their accomplishments. Remember.
Let's do as General Eisenhower does: let's never waste a minute thinking about people we don't like.
Remember that other people may be totally wrong. But they don't think so.
And it might be well to assume and state openly that other people have the virtue you want them to develop. Give them a fine reputation to live up to, and they will make prodigious efforts rather than see you disillusioned.
Plato said that the greatest mistake physicians make is that they attempt to cure the body without attempting to cure the mind; yet the mind and body are one and should not be treated separately!
Letting the other person feel that the idea is his or hers not only works in business and politics, it works in family life as well.
If you tell me how you get your feeling of importance, I'll tell you what you are. That determines your character. That is the most significant thing about you.
When you seek friendships with those who are successful, there is no guarantee they will want success for you too. You might have to work to overcome being perceived as a relational leech. On the other hand, when you seek success for those who are already friends, you can just about guarantee that these same people will want success for you.
Charles Evans Hughes, former Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, said: Men do not die from overwork. They die from dissipation and worry. Yes, from dissipation of their energies—and worry because they never seem to get their work done.