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To Be Human

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2012 by stevemccurry

Conversations are at the heart of what it means to be human.
– Theodore Zeldin

Rajasthan, India
A boy listens as the elders talk at a traditional wedding festival.


The character of a man is known from his conversations.
Menander (342 BCE – 292 BCE)


The most fruitful and natural exercise for our minds is, in my opinion, conversation.
– Michel de Montaigne, The Essays: A Selection

 Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves
than in drawing it out of others.
– Jean De La Bruyere

 California, USA


The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man’s observation,
not overturning it.

– Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton


Druze Elders, Lebanon

Golden Temple, Amritsar, India

Angkor Wat temple complex, Cambodia

When you have spoken the word, it reigns over you.
When it is unspoken you reign over it.
– Arab Proverb

Lourdes, France

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea



Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

Kabul, Afghanistan


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 Nevill



Bursa, Turkey

A single conversation with a wise man is
better than ten years mere study of books.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Dublin, Ireland

Maimana, Afghanistan

Steve McCurry, Afghanistan

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