Top 22 Small Talk Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Small Talk Quotes from famous people such as Charles K. Kao, Alex Kapranos, Gyles Brandreth, Ellen DeGeneres, Gary Numan, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Maybe it was the home tutoring, or the late start to fo

Maybe it was the home tutoring, or the late start to formal schooling, or an overly cautious and protective upbringing, but in any case, I never became a talkative person. As an adult, I am not always comfortable in social gatherings with small talk. I must have inherited my father’s gentle nature.
Charles K. Kao
Just because you can leap off a drum kit doing a scissors kick while hitting a chord, people expect you to be an extrovert socially. But I’m not always comfortable with the idea of small talk at a party.
Alex Kapranos
And the purpose of small talk is not to be controversial, clever or even interesting. It’s simply to fill the silent void with a small gesture of common humanity. It’s a spoken smile, a verbal handshake.
Gyles Brandreth
I hate having to do small talk. I’d rather talk about deep subjects. I’d rather talk about meditation, or the world, or the trees or animals, than small, inane, you know, banter.
Ellen DeGeneres
I’m hopeless at small talk and have a problem making eye contact.
Gary Numan
Intimacies between women often go backwards, beginning in revelations and ending in small talk.
Elizabeth Bowen
Making small talk about what someone is wearing is just another form of unsolicited feedback.
Sophia Amoruso
That’s all small talk is – a quick way to connect on a human level – which is why it is by no means as irrelevant as the people who are bad at it insist. In short, it’s worth making the effort.
Lynn Coady
In spite of being professionally gregarious, in my nonpaid hours I’m a bit of a hermit. After being around a crew of fifty people for twelve hours a day on a film set, I really like my alone time, and as always, I abhor small talk.
Rob Lowe
I can’t abide small talk.
Matt Roper
My English is closer to the literary English, and I’m not very familiar with jokes in English or with, you know, with small talk in English.
J. M. G. Le Clezio
In a way, we tried to make ‘The Salvation’ a contemporary film with contemporary emotions. At the same time, in the script, you get a feel that all the small talk is not a part of our universe. It’s more precise talk.
Mads Mikkelsen
It’s hard to do a variety show. It’s hard to do all that small talk and make it sound real.
Bob Einstein
I’m not a fan of small talk but if you want to get into the big questions of life – your deepest regret, your greatest joy – then we’re going to have a great chat.
Anh Do
My father took me to see Hank Williams on December 14th, 1952. I was two years and four months of age. And I remember a little cool eddy of hair hitting my cheek, and I remember the smell of his hair oil, and I remember the mingling tonality of the small talk before the show started. Those are my memories.
Rodney Crowell
Don’t like small talk, love rainy days.
Melissa Gilbert
I am not good at small talk. I will hide in a cupboard to avoid chitty-chat.
Caitlin Moran
I love it when someone starts a conversation – romantic, platonic, small talk – as long as it’s related to food.
Rohit Saraf
I haven’t got the patience for small talk, although I once saw a woman standing on her own in the corner, and I realised it was Monica Lewinsky, and I had the nicest evening with her – she was charming.
Sandi Toksvig
During the Samuel Johnson days they had big men enjoying small talk; today we have small men enjoying big talk.
Fred Allen
I meet people, and we can get past small talk pretty quickly if they’ve read my books. It’s a great shortcut.
Ruth Reichl
I’m not an ace at small talk.
Peter Falk