Listening Quotes

Most popular listening quotes

In a man's family, respect and listening are the source of harmony.

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The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.

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To speak is craft; to listen is art.
The first duty of love is to listen.

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Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.

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Give every man thy ear but few thy voice.

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No one ever listened himself out of a job.
Listen, or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.
— American proverb

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The quieter you become the more you can hear.
If speaking is silver, then listening is gold.
— Turkish proverb

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Two great talkers will not travel far together.

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There is no greater loan than a sympathetic ear.


When you know how to listen everyone is the guru.


To entertain some people all you have to do is listen.
Listening is harvesting what is in the speaker's mind.
— Teaching and Researching: Listening
A good listener is one who helps us overhear ourselves.
Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.
An open ear is the only believable sign of an open heart.
From listening comes wisdom and from speaking repentance.

holding your tongue

The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue.
Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
Good listeners don't interrupt—ever—unless the house is on fire.
How many problems would we avoid in life if we learned to listen?
No man would listen to you if he didn't know it was his turn next.


A man is already halfway in love with any woman who listens to him.

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Conversation is a verbal exchange of 90% talking and 10% listening.


The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.


There is always hope when people are forced to listen to both sides.
The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.

Attention dealing with people

Listening is a very dangerous thing. If one listens, one may be convinced.
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.

communication management

The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.


No one really listens to anyone else. Try it for a while, and you'll see why.
The opposite of talking isn't listening.  The opposite of talking is waiting.

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If you love listening you will learn; if you lend an ear, wisdom will be yours.
— Apocrypha—Ecclesiasticus 6:33


Listening is also the capacity to share questions and the search [for answers].
One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears—by listening to them.


Skillful listening is the best remedy for loneliness, loquaciousness and laryngitis.
Most people would rather defend to the death your right to say it than listen to it.
A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something.
Listening is a sacred art.  Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and speaker.
The reason we have two ears and only one tongue is so we may listen more and talk less.
The golden rule of friendship is to listen to others as you would have them listen to you.


Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.

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All of man's life among his kind is nothing other than a battle to seize the ears of others.
A good listener is like a catcher in baseball. He keeps tossing the ball back for you to pitch.
All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.

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Listening to both sides of a story will convince you that there is more to a story than both sides.
Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.
When people talk listen completely. Don't be thinking what you're going to say. Most people never listen.
No siren did ever so charm the ear of the listener as the listening ear has charmed the soul of the siren.


Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and saying it all again.


Sainthood emerges when you can listen to someone's tale of woe and not respond with a description of your own.

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You can listen like a blank wall or like a splendid auditorium where every sound comes back fuller and richer.
When you talk you only say something that you already know; when you listen you learn what someone else knows.
In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.
There is nothing like listening to show you that the world outside your head is different from the one inside your head.
Two evils, of almost equal weight, may befall the man of erudition: never to be listened to, and to be listened to always.
It seemed rather incongruous that in a society of supersophisticated communication, we often suffer from a shortage of listeners.
Were we as eloquent as angels, yet should we please some men, some women, and some children, much more by listening, than by talking.
If you really listen, you will hear people repeating themselves. You will hear their pleading nature or their attacking nature or their asserting nature.

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But oh! The blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely.


A man who listens because he has nothing to say can hardly be a source of inspiration.  The only listening that counts is that of the talker who alternately absorbs and expresses ideas.
Not listening is probably the commonest unkindness of married life, and one that creates — more devastatingly than an eternity of forgotten birthdays and misguided Christmas gifts — an atmosphere of not loving and not caring.
People sinking into self-pity and depression are dreary, but they can't get out of it by themselves. So every now and then, just sit there and listen, and listen, and listen. You're paying your membership dues in the human race.


People sinking into self-pity and depression are dreary, but they can't get out of it by themselves.  So every now and then, just sit there and listen, and listen, and listen.  You're paying your membership dues in the human race.
I have discovered that most people have no one to talk to, no one, that is, who really wants to listen.  When it does at last dawn on a man that you really want to hear about his business, the look that comes over his face is something to see.
It's not always easy to listen. Sometimes it's more comfortable to play deaf, put on the Walkman and not listen to anyone. So easily we replace listening with email, messaging, and "chat," and in this way we deprive ourselves... of faces, looks, and embraces.
When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.  Ideas actually begin to grow within us and come to life.  You know how if a person laughs at your jokes you become funnier and funnier, and if he does not, every tiny little joke in you weazens up and dies. Well, that is the principle of it.
To be able to listen—really, wholly passively, self-effacingly listen—without presupposing, classifying, improving, controverting, evaluating, approving or disapproving, without dueling with what is being said, without rehearsing the rebuttal in advance, without free-associating to portions of what is being said so that succeeding portions are not heard at all—such listening is rare.
Deep listening and loving speech are wonderful instruments to help us arrive at the kind of understanding we all need as a basis for appropriate action. You listen deeply for only one purpose — to allow the other person to empty his or her heart. This is already an act of relieving suffering. To stop any suffering, no matter how small, is a great action of peace. The path to end suffering depends on your understanding and your capacity to act without causing harm or further suffering. This is acting with compassion, your best protection.