Conversation is a form of interactive, spontaneous communication
Communication is the activity of conveying meaningful information. Communication requires a sender, a message, and an intended recipient, although the receiver need not be present or aware of the sender's intent to communicate at the time of communication; thus communication can occur across vast...

 between two or more people who are following rules of etiquette
Etiquette is a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group...


Conversation analysis
Conversation analysis
Conversation analysis is the study of talk in interaction . CA generally attempts to describe the orderliness, structure and sequential patterns of interaction, whether institutional or in casual conversation.Inspired by ethnomethodology Conversation analysis (commonly abbreviated as CA) is the...

 is a branch of sociology which studies the structure and organization of human interaction, with a more specific focus on conversational interaction.
Conversations are interactive because contributions to a conversation are response reactions to what has previously been said.

Conversations are spontaneous because a conversation proceeds, to some extent, and in some way, unpredictably.

(wife) "Are you listening to me?" -(Steve Sayles)"yes"-(wife)" Well you are not looking at me"-(Steve Sayles) "I listen to the radio, but I don't sit looking at it!" (2004) Steve Sayles

Egotists cannot converse, they talk to themselves only.

A. Bronson Alcott

"Many can argue, not many converse."

A. Bronson Alcott

The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit.


The less men think, the more they talk.

Charles de Montesquieu

When we are in the company of sensible men, we ought to be doubly cautious of talking too much, lest we lose two good things, their good opinion and our own improvement; for what we have to say we know, but what they have to say we know not.


Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

G. A. Sala

The conversational overachiever is someone whose grasp exceeds his reach. This is possible but not attractive.

Fran Lebowitz

One thing which makes us find so few people who appear reasonable and agreeable in conversation is, that there is scarcely any one who does not think more of what he is about to say than of answering precisely what is said to him.

François de La Rochefoucauld

The extreme pleasure we take in talking of ourselves should make us fear that we give very little to those who listen to us.

François de La Rochefoucauld