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Listening quotes and quotations

There are people who, instead of listening to what is being said to them, are already listening to what they are going to say themselves.
Albert Guinon

No man ever listened himself out of a job.
Calvin Coolidge

Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.
Robert Greenleaf

The opposite of talking is not listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.
Fran Lebowitz

The first duty of love is to listen.
Paul Tillich

Listen, every one That listen may, unto a tale That's merrier than the nightingale.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

It takes two to speak the truth - one to speak and another to hear.
Thoreau

I have learned as much about writing about my people by listening to blues and jazz and spirituals as I have by reading novels.
Ernest J. Gaines

A good listener is not someone with nothing to say. A good listener is a good talker with a sore throat.
Katharine Whitehorn

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

The best time to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust.
Josh Billings

Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf. -Native American.
Native American

Man who know little say much. Man who know much say little. -Unknown.
Author Unknown

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

It is the province of knowledge to speak And it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.
Frank Tyger

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

Well done is better than well said.
Author Unknown

A good listener is a good talker with a sore throat.
Katharine Whitehorn

A good listener is usually thinking about something else.
Kin Hubbard

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

No man would listen to you talk if he did not know that it was his turn next.
Edgar Watson Howe

Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter because nobody listens.
Nick Diamos

There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for. And questions are the breath of life for a conversation.
James Nathan Miller

No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why.
Mignon McLaughlin

Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.
Plutarch

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

He holds him with his glittering eye-- . . . . And listens like a three years' child.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

But yet she listen'd--'tis enough-- Who listens once will listen twice; Her heart, be sure, is not of ice, And one refusal no rebuff.
Lord Byron

In listening mood she seemed to stand, The guardian Naiad of the strand.
Sir Walter Scott

And therefore 'tis called a sensible tale, and this cuff was but to knock at your ear, and beseech listening.
William Shakespeare

Listen. Don't explain or justify.
William G. Dyer

Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.
Epictetus

From listening comes wisdom, and from speaking repentance.
Italian Proverb

And he goes through life, his mouth open, and his mind closed.
William Shakespeare

The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.
Richard Moss

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
Ernest Hemingway

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

It is only by closing the ears of the soul, or by listening too intently to the clamors of the sense, that we become oblivious of their utterances.
Alexander Crummell

The first duty of love is to listen.
Paul Tillich

Listening to both sides does not necessarily bring about a correct judgment.
Donald Rumsfeld

Wisdom is the reward for a lifetime of listening ... when you'd have preferred to talk.
D.j. Kaufman

Much silence makes a powerful noise.
African Proverb

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
Henry David Thoreau

The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Take care what you say before a wall, as you cannot tell who may be behind it.
Sa'di

The ear is something we cannot close at will, and we are the poorer for it.
E. Brian

It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all.
Democritus of Abdera

Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.
J. Isham

Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.
Nancy Kerrigan

We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.
Diogenes