Listening quotes

No one knows who is listening, say nothing you would not wish put in the newspapers.

- Spurgeon, Charles Haddon

We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of the Americans.

- Askew, Ruben

As I get older, I've learned to listen to people rather than accuse them of things.

- Po Bronson

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.

- Murphy, Robert C.

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.


Skillful listening is the best remedy for loneliness, loquaciousness, and laryngitis.

- Ward, William A.

Were we as eloquent as angels we still would please people much more by listening rather than talking.

- Colton, Charles Caleb

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.

- Ernest Hemingway

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.

- Pooh's Little Instruction Book

By listening to his language of his locality the poet begins to learn his craft. It is his function to lift, by use of imagination and the language he hears, the material conditions and appearances of his environment to the sphere of the intelligence where they will have new currency.

- William Carlos Williams

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.

- West, Jessamyn

Give every man your ear, but few thy voice. Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment. [Hamlet]

- Shakespeare, William

[T]here's no bad day that can't be overcome by listening to a barbershop quartet; this is just truth, plain and simple.

- Chuck Sigars

Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.

- Dorothy Sarnoff

It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

I make progress by having people around me who are smarter than I am and listening to them. And I assume that everyone is smarter about something than I am.

- Kaiser, Henry J.

When you stop learning, stop listening, stop looking and asking questions, always new questions, then it is time to die.

- Smith, Lillian

What this country needs is more free speech worth listening to.

- Hansell B. Duckett

Maybe I wanted to hear it so badly that my ears betrayed my mind in order to secure my heart.

- Margaret Cho

One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears - by listening to them.

- Rusk, Dean

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