[Stefano] Guazzo [author of The Civil Conversation] focused on urbanity, the art of living together with decency, without quarrels or violence. He advised honesty and kindness, attentiveness to a woman's feelings, winning her love by discovering her good qualities, using words not force. Guazzo insisted, "A man cannot be a right man without conversation."

Theodore Zeldin, Stefano Guazzo, Conversation by Theodore Zeldin