Socrates saw dialogue as a path to learning and knowledge in pursuit of truth energized by divine inspiration.
The serious address and response between two or more persons in which the being and truth of each is confronted with the being and truth of the other.
When meaning flows through our communication, we are in dialogue.
A certain kind of dialogue holds the key to creating greater cohesiveness among groups of Americans increasingly separated by differences in values, interests, status, politics, professional backgrounds, ethnicity, language, and convictions.
In dialogue, there is a cool energy like that associated with a superconductor. With wasted energy (heat) diminished, paradoxically hot topics can be discussed and can become windows to deeper insights.
Dialogue is a conversation with a center, not sides. It is a way of taking the energy of our differences and channeling it toward something that has never been created before. … Like the Total Quality Movement, it seeks not to correct defects after they have occurred but to alter processes so that they do not occur in the first place.
Transformational dialogue matures you, and it leaves its mark on you for life.
When we lower our façades and open our minds to the perspectives of others, we allow ourselves to connect and work together on a level we never have before.
Dialogue is the means by which God’s Spirit opens us to truth.
You and I share a reality that is not designed or concocted by us, but that simply is. It is not easy to put into words, yet it is manifested through dialogue.
Most conversations are shallow and do not reach the depth necessary to be qualified as dialogue. For those who have truly participated in and understand dialogue, good questions lead to deeper questions.
Dialogue enabled members to realize that often each participant actually had some segment of the best solution and collectively the final decision turned out to be the best possible course of action.
The “dialogical person” is a totally authentic person, an open person, a disciplined person, and a related person.
We have to create cultures where people feel safe — where their belonging is not threatened by speaking out, and they are supported when they make the decision to brave the wilderness, stand alone, and speak truth to bullshit while maintaining civility.
The spirit of dialogue is one of free play, a sort of collective dance of the mind that, nevertheless, has immense power and reveals coherent purpose. Once begun it becomes a continuing adventure that can open the way to significant and creative change.