Listening Quotes

Best selected listening quotes by some famous people of their times. These quotes about listening will motivate and inspire you and will make you much wiser about the subject.


Set up the listening. Prepare who you are talking to for what you want them to hear. Get people to listen as a possibility rather than a problem. Mal Pancoast
Listen to life, and you will hear the voice of life crying. James Dillet Freeman
The older I grow the more I listen to people who don't talk much. Germain G. Glien
Never speak of yourself to others; make them talk about themselves instead; therein lies the whole art of pleasing. Everybody knows it, and everyone forgets it. Edmond and Jules De Goncourt
The word is half his that speaks, and half his that hears it. Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak. Epictetus
The less you talk, the more you're listened to. Abigail Van Buren
When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say. Abraham Lincoln
Opportunities are often missed because we are broadcasting when we should be listening. Anonymous
Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery. Dr. Joyce Brothers
Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly. Frank Tyger
One who cares is one who listens. J. Richard Clarke
A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something. Wilson Mizner
No one every listened themselves out of a job. Calvin Coolidge
It is a rare person who wants to hear want he doesn't want to hear. Dick Cavett
When a woman is speaking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes. Victor Hugo
Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue-to the end that we should hear and see more than we speak. Socrates
His thoughts were slow. His words were few and never formed to glisten. But he was a joy to all his friends, you should have heard him listen. Anonymous
Hear much, speak little. Anonymous
A good listener tries to understand what the other person is saying. In the end he may disagree sharply, but because he disagrees, he wants to know exactly what it is he is disagreeing with. Kenneth A. Wells
So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it. Jiddu Krishnamurti
Skillful listening is the best remedy for loneliness, loquaciousness, and laryngitis. William A. Ward
The first duty of love is to listen. Paul Tillich
People should talk less and draw more. Personally, I would like to renounce speech altogether and, like organic nature, communicate everything I have to say visually. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Listening well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well. John Marshall
Are you really listening... or are you just waiting for your turn to talk? Robert Montgomery
Listening well and answering well is one of the greatest perfections that can be obtained in conversation. Francois De La Rochefoucauld
When you are in it up to your ears, keep your mouth shut. Anonymous
You can judge a good listener by asking the talker at the end of the conversation what the listener's position is on the topic. If the talker doesn't know, then the listener has probably done a good job of listening. Anonymous
No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen. Jewish Proverb
Let others confide in you. It may not help you, but it surely will help them. Roger G. Imhoff
A hungry stomach has no ears. Proverb
No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why. Mignon McLaughlin
The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention. Richard Moss
Listening: A wise old owl sat in an oak. The longer he sat, the less he spoke. The less he spoke, the more he heard. Why can't we be like that wise old bird? Anonymous
God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we can hear twice as much as we say. Anonymous
Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble. Frank Tyger
Only if we can restrain ourselves is good conversation possible. Good talk rises upon much discipline. John Erskine
I always had one ear offstage, listening for the call from the bookie. Walter Matthau
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. Ernest Hemingway
Give every man your ear, but few thy voice. Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment. William Shakespeare
Every person I work with knows something better than me. My job is to listen long enough to find it and use it. Jack Nichols
To meet at all, one must open ones eyes to another; and there is no true conversation no matter how many words are spoken, unless the eye, unveiled and listening, opens itself to the other. Jessamyn West
A person hears only what they understand. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other's stories. Rebecca Falls
We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting. Blaise Pascal
One of the hardest things to do in life is to listen without intent to reply. Anonymous
Never tell your story to a deaf man. Proverb
Listen. Don't explain or justify. William G. Dyer
To be listened to is, generally speaking, a nearly unique experience for most people. It is enormously stimulating. It is small wonder that people who have been demanding all their lives to be heard so often fall speechless when confronted with one who gravely agrees to lend an ear. Man clamors for the freedom to express himself and for knowing that he counts. But once offered these conditions, he becomes frightened. Robert C. Murphy
There is only one rule to become a good talker, learn how to listen. Anonymous
The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously. Hubert H. Humphrey

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