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Quotations about Listening

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

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. ~Epictetus

Lenin could listen so intently that he exhausted the speaker. ~Isaiah Berlin

An orator's power is largely drawn from his hearers; be ye therefore "eloquent listeners," if ye would be entertained. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf. ~American Indian proverb

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ~Winston Churchill

You never get people's fuller attention than when you're listening to them. ~Robert Brault,

The young people who come to me in the hope of hearing me utter a few memorable maxims are quite disappointed. Aphorisms are not my forte, I say nothing but banalities.... I listen to them and they go away delighted. ~Andre Gide

I tell you everything that is really nothing, and nothing of what is everything, do not be fooled by what I am saying. Please listen carefully and try to hear what I am not saying. ~Charles C. Finn

Home is where you can say anything you like cause nobody listens to you anyway. ~Author unknown

One way to meet new people is to listen more carefully to the people you see every day. ~Robert Brault,

No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said. ~Peter F. Drucker

"Silent" and "listen" are spelled with the same letters. ~Author unknown

If animals could talk, the world would lose its best listeners. ~Robert Brault,

My wife says I never listen to her. At least I think that's what she said. ~Author Unknown

The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something. ~Wilson Mizner

Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. ~Robert Fulghum

If I had it to do again, I'd ask more questions and interrupt fewer answers. ~Robert Brault,

Lots of people talk to animals.... Not very many listen, though.... That's the problem. ~Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

I guess I've spent my life listening to what wasn't being said. ~Eli Khamarov, America Explained!

Apelles post tabulam: (Lat. prov.) "Apelles behind the picture," a secret listener. ~A Manual of Quotations, from the Ancient, Modern, and Oriental Languages, including Law Phrases, Maxims, Proverbs, and Family Mottoes, forming a new and considerably enlarged edition of Macdonnel's Dictionary of Quotations, by E.H. Michelsen, 1856

The easiest way to meet people is to just look like someone who is willing to listen. ~Robert Brault,

Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. ~James Baldwin

No one is listening until you fart. ~Author Unknown

Women like silent men. They think they're listening. ~Marcel Achard, Quote, 4 November 1956

Not all my day can I spend in listening, for I, too, must evolve, ere the night comes on. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904

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