When entering a conversation, don't interrupt to ask what the topic is.
Thirdly, politeness forbids us on entering a company to inform ourselves of what has been said in it. If, from ignorance of the subject, we cannot seize the thread of conversation, we should limit ourselves to seeking only a brief explanation, if we can do so without interrupting others; but if we foresee that the explanation may entail a wearisome or embarrassing repetition, let us be silent. Let us whose consecrated life should be a perpetual sacrifice wait till the occasion offers of informing ourselves without inconveniencing anyone. It is the duty of those assembled, or rather of the one that presides, in a few words to inform the newly arrived of the subject of conversation.
We do not love people so much for the good they have done us, as for the good we do them.
Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
[Oprah Winfrey said in one of the interview she was giving :]
"There’s a wonderful phrase by Maya Angelou, from a poem that she wrote called “To our grandmothers”, that she says:
“I come as one, but I stand as ten thousand.”
So when I walk into a room, particularly before I have something really challenging to do, or I’m going to be in a circumstance where I feel I’m going to be you know, up against some difficulties. I will literally sit, and I will call on the 10,000."
Note : the actual phrase in the poem is : "I go forth along, and stand as ten thousand."