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Quotations about Listening



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


Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; it is also what it takes, on occasion, to sit down and listen. ~William Arthur Ward, Thoughts of a Christian Optimist, 1968


Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk. ~Doug Larson, United Feature Syndicate, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1986


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


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


Where Eager Talks form the Major Faction,
A Listener finds himself the Chief Attraction.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Human Phenomena," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924


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


One of the safest and most successful talents I know of is to be a good listener. ~Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw, 1818–1885)  [spelling standardized —tg]


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


If you look like someone who's willing to listen, you hear a lot of explanations owed to other people. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


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


Free speech is a blessing to men, without it no race can advance; but talkers should pause now and then, and give other fellows a chance. ~Walt Mason (1862–1939), "The Poor Listener"


Skillful listening is the best remedy for loneliness, loquaciousness and laryngitis. ~William Arthur Ward (1921–1994)


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, rbrault.blogspot.com


If you will think it over you will find that the most popular man of your acquaintance is a good listener. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1908, George Horace Lorimer, editor


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


Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. They must, they have no other models. ~James Baldwin


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,  Thomas Paine McLaughlin


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


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


No one is listening until you fart. ~Author unknown





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