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78 Lack of Communication Quotes and Sayings

As humans, verbal and non-verbal communications (including gestures, body language, tone of voice, and facial expression) are crucial for building stronger and healthier relationships.

The opposite ― lack of communication ― is the basis of misunderstandings, wrong assumptions, doubt, and mistrust.

For this reason, improving communication with others or preventing communication breakdown should be top of mind for anyone looking to enjoy better relationships.

In this regard, I’ve collected 70 lack of communication quotes and sayings to help you re-examine how you relate with others and engage in more effective communication― be it a romantic partner, your spouse, or people in your workplace.

Best Lack of Communication Quotes and Sayings

  1. “Lack of communication destroys everything!” – Iti Sharma
  2. “All forms of poor communication have one thing in common: They ask the person on the other end of the line to do more work than they should have to.” – Jonathan Raymond
  3.  “If there was any great lesson in life, it was this: No battle was ever won with silence.” – Shannon L. Alder
  4.  “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw
  5.  “Sometimes there is a greater lack of communication in facile talking than in silence.” – Faith Baldwin
  6.  “A lack of communication leaves fear and doubt.” – Kellan Lutz
  7. Lack of accountability equates to lack of trust, which equates to lack of opportunity, which equates to lack of happiness.” – Unknown 
  8. “People have character strength, but they lack communication skills, and that undoubtedly affects the quality of relationships as well.” – Stephen Covey
  9.  “Poor is the manifestation of the absence of communication.” – Meir Ezra
  10.  “Lack of communication leads to a lack of trust that leaves room for doubt.” – Unknown 
  11. “There are many reasons our prayers may lack power. Sometimes they become routine. Our prayers become hollow when we say similar words in similar ways over and over so often that the words become more of a recitation than a communication.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin
  12. “Lack of communication leaves too much room for the imagination.” – Anonymous
  13. “The worst distance between two people is misunderstanding.” – Ritu Ghatourey
  14.  “Be sensitive to your loved one’s feelings. If something you say seems to upset them, take the time to find out what’s wrong. They may be having some issues you weren’t aware of.” – Unknown
  15. “Lack of skill of communication makes oneself handicapped of sharing views and knowledge.” – Andrew Guzaldo
  16. “Lack of communication will eventually kill any type of attachment.” – Anonymous 
  17. “The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand, we listen to reply.” – Stephen Covey
  18. “Communication is a lifeline of two souls, and a bridge that connects two hearts.” – Cathrine Reddy
  19. “We need men and women to sit down and talk to each other about sex honestly and openly. That would help us fight Aids so immediately. But our lack of communication is hugely problematic.” – Emma Thompson
  20. “Until men and women start having honest conversations about who they truly are, what demons they battle with, where they lack, and what they truly want, love will continue to be a temporary emotion. Honesty and communication are key. Stop being afraid to speak about where you are.” – Unknown
  21.  “The very damaging, frightening part of postpartum is the lack of perspective and the lack of priority and understanding what is really important.” – Brooke Shields
  22. “Poor communication doesn’t disconnect souls. It’s the disconnected souls who poorly communicate.” – Ann Voskamp
  23. “Relationships never die a natural death. They are always murdered, either by ego or by lack of communication.” – Anonymous 
  24. “Sometimes all you need to brighten your day is a beautiful poem or an inspiring quote or an intimate communication with that special someone in your life.” – Terry Mark
  25. “I think our biggest problem is lack of real, honest communication between black men and black women. A lot of men talk amongst men, and a lot of women speak amongst women.” – Hill Harper
  26. “Communication is the lifeline of any relationship. When you stop communicating, you start losing your valuable relationship.” – Unknown 
  27.  “Lack of communication can drive a spike between two people wider than any physical distance.” – Mark W. Boyer
  28. “I think it’s a deeper issue on the lack of communication in our culture in general. It’s not abnormal to see a family out to dinner, and every person is on their phone instead of communicating with each other, and that’s pretty sad.” – Laura Benanti
  29. “Technology is a compulsive and addictive way to live. Verbal communication cannot be lost because of a lack of skill. The ability to listen and learn is key to mastering the art of communication. If you don’t use your verbal skills and networking, it will disappear rapidly. Use technology wisely.” – Rick Pitino
  30. “Any problem, big or small, within a family always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn’t listening.” – Emma Thompson
  31. “Lack of communication ruins everything because instead of knowing how the other person is feeling, we just assume.” – Unknown  
  32. “Communication works for those who work at it.” – John Powell

Lack of Communication Quotes and Sayings: True Communication

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  1.  “Communication must be HOT. That’s Honest, Open, and Two-way.” – Dan Oswald
  2. “It’s important to make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.” – Barack Obama
  3. “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” – Mark Twain
  4. “Communications without intelligence is noise. Intelligence without communications is irrelevant.” – Alfred M. Gray
  5. “Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.” – Charlie Kaufman
  6.  “No pleasure is fully delightful without communications, and no delight absolute except imparted.” – Michel de Montaigne
  7.  “Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.” – Paul J. Meyer
  8. “As a writer, I have always fought for the right to write. For writing is a time-honored means of communication. Lack of communication, the refusal of some to understand, or outright refusal to learn about other human beings is based on fear. Fear is what keeps people apart.” – Piri Thomas
  9. “No pleasure has any savor for me without communication.” – Michel de Montaigne
  10. “Without communication, there is no relationship. Without respect, there is no love. Without trust, there’s no reason to continue.” – Becca 
  11. “When we don’t tell those we love what’s really going on or listen carefully to what they have to say, we tend to fill in the blanks with stories.” – Sharon Salzberg
  12. “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” – Peter Drucker
  13. “Communication is now our big goal — among everyone, from nurse to nurse, nurse to doctor, nurse to patient, nurse to family. Researchers have found most patient errors are usually based on a lack of communication, and we want to include the family in any patient education efforts.” – Mary Egan

Lack of Communication Quotes and Sayings: Marriage & Romantic Relationship

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Here are some relationship quotes you can use to inspire you to cultivate a healthy relationship. For a more successful relationship, there must be a level of effective listening and proper communication.

  1. “Communication to a relationship is like what oxygen is to life.” – Unknown 
  2. “She had died; I just never told her. So still, we walk, eat and sleep together, in fear one day she’ll come to realize it.” – Anthony Liccione
  3. “He could go back and take her in his arms. If only he knew how to do this. But they had lost the language of their affections; they had lost the style.” – Iris Murdoch
  4.  “It is lack of communication that leads to an unhappy marriage.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
  5. “So many relationships can be saved if partners try to explain themselves to each other instead of keeping things to themselves and expecting to be understood.” – Terry Mark
  6. “A good relationship needs communication like the sea shore and the wave’s constant communication. The waves are there to talk, and the sea is there to listen.” – Unknown 
  7. “A wise man said it’s not a lack of love that ruins a marriage relationship; it’s a lack of friendship.” – Rev Run
  8. “A single moment of misunderstanding is so poisonous that it makes us forget the hundred lovable moments spent together within a minute.” – Anonymous
  9. “Many relationship problems are rooted in a communication breakdown. These can be as simple as not really hearing what the other person is saying because we get caught up in our own fixed perspectives.” – Sumesh Nair
  10. “You don’t have to cheat to lose someone. You can lose someone from a lack of communication, attention, and disrespect. It’s not always what you do; sometimes it’s about what you didn’t do.” – Anonymous
  11. “I come from the mindset that, if you want it to work, it will work, whether it’s a friendship or a relationship. If you’re both in the same mindset, and you want to be together, and you want to make it work, you can make it work. It just takes dedication and knowing that there might be some miscommunication and lack of communication sometimes.” – Chloe Grace Moretz
  12. “Don’t assume your partner knows about everything you expect in a relationship. Let him know. A relationship should be based on communication, not on assumption.” – Anonymous 
  13. “Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” – Henry Winkler
  14. “Lack of communication can be costly. Too often, it leads to a host of problems, like stress and distrust, which only breeds more negativity. Not surprisingly, it’s one of the main reasons behind many break-ups.” – Anonymous
  15. “Without good communication, a relationship is merely a hollow vessel carrying you along a frustrating journey fraught with the perils of confusion, projection, and misunderstanding.” – Cherie Carter-Scott
  16. “Two things can destroy any relationship: Unrealistic expectations and poor communication.” – Anonymous
  17. “A relationship with a lack of communication won’t work. There has to be vulnerability. Your partner is not a mind reader. If you let your ego/pride keep you from expressing how you feel, nothing will ever get fixed. Stop ignoring them and learn about each other, so you can grow together.” – Anonymous
  18. “Distance is not a hindrance in a relationship, it’s just the test of time and how you are going to survive in that situation. Trust, love and communication is the key.” – Anonymous
  19. “If both of you don’t keep trying new things to revive the relationship, eventually boredom and lack of newness will cause it to die.” – Unknown 
  20.  “Being overprotective, moving too fast, lack of trust, lack of communication, and being immature can definitely ruin your relationship.” – Unknown 
  21. “A beautiful thing happens when we start paying attention to each other. It is by participating more in your relationship that you breathe life into it.” – Steve Maraboli
  22. “Communication is key in a relationship; sometimes we cause pointless arguments because of not communicating.” – Unknown 
  23. “Things will kill your relationship: Insecurity, trust issues, jealousy, lack of communication, assumptions.” – Unknown 
  24. “Relationships never work when the other person uses a social network as a way to vent instead of addressing you.” – Ronald Oliver
  25. “Distance makes the heart grow fonder? How does love grow in a vacuum? Distance makes the heart wander. For without communication, without companionship and distance long enough. Love will cease to grow.” – Unknown
  26. “Lack of communication will destroy a relationship.” – Sayam Asjad
  27.  “Communication is key to any relationship. Speak your mind, and don’t hold things in because that will only cause problems for you.” – Unknown
  28. “Keep in mind that every couple has ups and downs, every couple argues, and that’s the way it should be. You’re a partnership, and partnerships can’t function without regular communication and compromise. When you don’t talk it out, there’s a lot of important stuff that ends up not getting said.” – Melchor Lim
  29. “Lack of communication is the main reason for misunderstanding in any relationship.” – Prabha
  30. “Arguments and disagreements in any relationship are inevitable. Communication breakdown happens. The test of a real relationship based on love comes when the lines of communication get crossed” – Kemmy Nola
  31. “It’s not the lack of love, but it’s the lack of communication that makes unhappy relationships.” – Unknown 
  32. “Romeo and Juliet killed themselves for their love, so I think you can at least answer my text message.” – Unknown 
  33. “Relationships last longer if the two of you know how to communicate well with each other.” – Joanne Lobedica
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