44 Small Talk Quotes (That Show How Most Feel About It)

If you don’t like small talk and feel alone in craving deep conversation, then these quotes are great for you. Use them as a reminder that you’re not the only one looking for deeper connection. These funny, deep, and relatable quotes about small talk are great to share with your friends.

Here are 44 of the best and most famous quotes about small talk:

1. “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 Degenres

2. “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 chitchat.” —Anh Do

3. “I enjoy conversation. I wasn’t built for small talk” —Unknown

4. “Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.” —Dau Voire

5. “I enjoy people who I can occasionally have really deep conversations with, and at the same time joke around with them” —Unknown

6. “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

7. “I find small talk exhausting, and I don’t like myself when I’m around people.” —Jack Thorne

8. “Small talk needs to get big at some phase.” —Maeve Higgins

9. “Confession. I hate small talk. It gives me anxiety. But if you want to get honest and vulnerable and weird for a little bit, I am totally down for it.” —Unknown

10. “Just contemplating the energy required to make small talk tired him.” —Stewart O’Nan

11. “I’m sorry. I know I said hi, but I wasn’t really prepared for any follow-up conversation” —Unknown

12. “I love it when someone starts a conversation- romantic, platonic, small talk- as long as it’s related to food.” —Rohit Saraf

13. “I have the deepest connection for intellectual conversations. The ability to just sit and talk. About love, life, anything and everything.” —Unknown

14. “Less small talk and more real talk” —Nikki Rowe

15. “Introverts tend to avoid small talk. We’d rather talk about something meaningful than fill the air with chatter just to hear ourselves make noise.” —John Granneman

16. “I’m really boring if I’m not comfortable with someone” —Unknown

17. “Don’t like small talk, love rainy days.” —Melissa Gilbert

18. “When you have nothing to say, say nothing.” —Mokokoma Mokhonoana

19. “I like people who can keep the conversation going, no matter how random the topics get.” —Unknown

20. “Please, no small talk. I’m fine with silence. Let’s just vibe.” —Sylvester Mcnutt

21. “I am not shy. I just don’t like to talk when I have nothing meaningful to say.” —Unknown

22. “Good conversation is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” —Anne Morrow Lindbergh

23. “You can keep your small talk, give me deep conversations. I like riding trains of thought to unknown destinations.” —John Mark Green

24. “Friendship begins with small talks; then grows into a long and deep conversation, the next thing you know you care so much.” —Unknown

25. “I hate small talk. I want to talk about atoms, death, aliens, sex, magic, intellect, the meaning of life, faraway galaxies, music that makes you feel different, memories, the lies you’ve told, your flaws, your favorite scents, your childhood, what keeps you up at night, your insecurities, and fears. I like people with depth, who speak with emotion from a twisted mind. I don’t want to know ‘what’s up’.” —Unknown

26. “Deep conversations with the right people are priceless.” —Unknown

27. “If you feel like you never have anything to say, go out and do something you’ll want to talk about.” —Liz Luyben

28. “Some people need to open their small minds instead of their big mouths.” —Unknown

29. “Teas, where small talk dies in agonies.” —Percy Bysshe Shelley

30. “Our generation has lost the value of romance, the value of trust, the value of conversation. Sadly, small talk is the new deep.” —Unknown

31. “I don’t have time for small talk, small minds nor negativity.” —Unknown

32. “Small talk. Catching up, Thinly veiled hostility.” —Lauren Conrad

33. “Every morning, after a few sips of coffee and a bit of small talk, each of us retreats with our books, and travels centuries away from this place.” —Yxta Maya Murray

34. “Let’s clear one thing up: introverts do not hate small talk because we dislike people. We hate small talk because we hate the barrier it creates between people.” —Laurie Helgo

35. “I’m hopeless at small talk and have a problem making eye contact.” —Gary Numan

36. “Always down for deep conversations, I hate small talk.” —Unknown

37. “I’m not good at small talk. I will hide in a cupboard to avoid chitty-chat.” —Caitlin Moran

38. “So much more was said in the unsaid.” —Unknown

39. “Gone is the era of small talk and deep conversation. Emoji and internet slang is ruling the world.” —Nadeem Ahmed

40. “Our generation has lost the value of romance, the value of trust, the value of conversation. Sadly small talk is the new deep.” —Unknown

41. “I’m trying to elevate small talk to medium talk.” —Larry David

42. “I hate small talk. I wanna talk about death, aliens, sex, the government, what life means and why we’re here.” —Unknown

43. “She’s good at small talk, she excels at it, but when you pair up one small talker to two deep ones, it doesn’t work.” —Unknown

44. “I don’t like small talk. I like long conversations about life, deep and heart to heart talk with my best friend. Whenever we’re together, we discuss life in such a depth that we lose track of time. Not everyone is lucky enough to have such a friend. I guess I am lucky to have such a wonderful best friend.” —CM

If you are someone who constantly feels like they don’t know what to say when making small talk then you came to the right place. To help improve your small talk skills, and learn how to transition from small talk into having deeper conversations then be sure to check out our guide on how to make small talk.

Viktor is a Counselor specialized in interpersonal communication and relationships. He manages Socialpro’s scientific review board. Follow on Twitter or read more.

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