Quotes_Listening

Enjoy this collection of quotes on listening and hearing.

“Hearing is a form of touch. You feel it through your body, and sometimes it almost hits your face.” – Evelyn Glennie

“There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.” ― G. K. Chesterton

“Looking but not seeing is the hearing but not understanding of the eye.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“We have two ears and only one tongue in order that we may hear more and speak less.” ― Diogenes Laertius

“Listen thrice. Think twice. Speak once.” – Anonymous

“Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” ― Bernard M. Baruch

“It takes a great man to be a good listener.” ― Calvin Coolidge

“The art of conversation lies in listening” ― Malcolm Forbes

“The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.” ― William Hazlit

“The word ‘listen’ contains the same letters as the word ‘silent’.” ― Alfred Brendel

“Listening is about being present, not just about being quiet.” Krista Tippett

“You can’t fake listening. It shows.” ― Raquel Welch

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” ― Ernest Hemingway

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” ― Stephen R. Covey

“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.” ― Roy T. Bennett

“It takes two to speak the truth – one to speak and another to hear.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“How do you listen? Do you listen with your projections, through your projection, through your ambitions, desires, fears, anxieties, through hearing only what you want to hear, only what will be satisfactory, what will gratify, what will give comfort, what will for the moment alleviate your suffering? If you listen through the screen of your desires, then you obviously listen to your own voice; you are listening to your own desires. And is there any other form of listening? Is it not important to find out how to listen not only to what is being said but to everything – to the noise in the streets, to the chatter of birds, to the noise of the tramcar, to the restless sea, to the voice of your husband, to your wife, to your friends, to the cry of a baby? Listening has importance only when on is not projecting one’s own desires through which one listens. Can one put aside all these screens through which we listen, and really listen?” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti

“The most basic of all human needs is to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” Ralph Nichols

“Sometimes all a person wants is an empathetic ear; all he or she needs is to talk it out. Just offering a listening ear and an understanding heart for his or her suffering can be a big comfort.” ― Roy T. Bennett

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ― Leo Buscaglia

“Compassionate listening is to help the other side suffer less. If we realize that other people are the same people as we are, we are no longer angry at them.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.” ― Brené Brown

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” – Bryant H. McGill

“Listening is being able to be changed by the other person.” – Alan Alda

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

“Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of another person. You can call it compassionate listening. You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Listening is often the only thing needed to help someone.” Anonymous

“Friends are those rare people who ask how we are, and then wait to hear the answer.” – Ed Cunningham

“The first duty of love is to listen.” – Paul Tillich

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

“The worst of all listeners is the man who does nothing but listens.” Charles Dickens

“Part of doing something is listening.” ― Madeleine L’Engle

“Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.” – Jane Goodall

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.” – Harper Lee

“Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening.” – Lisa M. Hayes

“You need to listen to your body because your body is listening to you.” – Phil McGraw

“Listening to and understanding our inner sufferings will resolve most of the problems we encounter.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen.” – Proverb

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain


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