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

- Fran Lebowitz
I never can hear a crowd of people singing and gesticulating, all together, at an Italian opera, without fancying myself at Athens, listening to that particular tragedy, by Sophocles, in which he introduces a full chorus of turkeys, who set about bewailing the death of Meleager.

- Poe, Edgar Allan
Dance like no one is watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like no one is listening, Live like it's heaven on earth.

- Purkey, William
The word is half his that speaks, and half his that hears it.

- Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
No one every listened themselves out of a job.

- Coolidge, Calvin
Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.

- Dorothy Sarnoff
It may make your blood boil and your mind may not be changed, but the practice of listening to opposing views is essential for effective citizenship. It is essential for our democracy.

- President Barack Obama
Once you get people laughing, they're listening and you can tell them almost anything.

- Gardner, Herbert
What is opportunity, and when does it knock? It never knocks. You can wait a whole lifetime, listening, hoping, and you will hear no knocking. None at all. You are opportunity, and you must knock on the door leading to your destiny. You prepare yourself to recognize opportunity, to pursue and seize opportunity as you develop the strength of your personality, and build a self-image with which you are able to live -- with your self-respect alive and growing.

- Maltz, Maxwell
Listen. Do not have an opinion while you listen because frankly, your opinion doesn't hold much water outside of Your Universe. Just listen. Listen until their brain has been twisted like a dripping towel and what they have to say is all over the floor.

- Hugh Elliott
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?

To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Are you really listening... or are you just waiting for your turn to talk?

- Montgomery, Robert
God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we can hear twice as much as we say.

Listen. Don't explain or justify.

- Dyer, William G.
A new lens to look through. Hear the pain in people's speaking. People who have an ear to hear can hear. You will no longer tolerate what you used to tolerate. A second point of reality. Declare a new future. There are no right answers. There is no is. Give people breakdowns. It's the loving thing to do. What's being revealed here? Dogs don't have things wrong. Wrong disempowers people. Upsets indicate a right that's been violated. Notice when you are angry that you are the only one around. The only constant thing is you. Business is made up. It's invented. We invent our world through language. If it really turns you on, you may want to inform your face. There is no right way. A chair is only a chair because we say it's a chair.

- Pancoast, Mal
A sweeping statement is the only statement worth listening to. The critic without faith gives balanced opinions, usually about second-rate writers.

- Kavanagh, Patrick
The ideas that come out of most brainstorming sessions are usually superficial, trivial, and not very original.They are rarely useful.The process, however, seems to make uncreative people feel that they are making innovative contributions and that others are listening to them.

- Block, A Harvey
Let others confide in you. It may not help you, but it surely will help them.

- Imhoff, Roger G.
After listening to a lecture on evolution by a science professor, a student wrote a poem and titled it The Amazing Professor. The poem read: Once I was a tadpole when I began to begin. Then I was a frog with my tail tucked in. Next I was a monkey on a coconut tree. Now I am a doctor with a Ph.D.

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