"Strange about parents. We have such easy access to them and such daunting problems of communication."
"A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation."James Merrill on Mark Twain
"Truthful words are not beautiful beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive persuasive words are not good."James Merrill on Lao Tzu
"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."James Merrill on George Bernard Shaw
"Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true."James Merrill on Charles Dickens
"I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in."James Merrill on Bill Gates
"And, as I have said, it's made me think twice about the imagination. If the spirits aren't external, how astonishing the mediums become! Victor Hugo said of his voices that they were like his own mental powers multiplied by five."