Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk. Doug Larson
The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people. Woodrow Wilson
Lenin could listen so intently that he exhausted the speaker. Isaiah Berlin
The young people who come to me in the hope of hearing me utter a few memorable maxims are quite disappointed. Aphorisms are not my forte, I say nothing but banalities.... I listen to them and they go away delighted. Andre Gide
The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen. Tommy Smothers
You have to be willing sometimes to listen to some remarkable bad opinions. Because if you say to someone, 'That's the silliest thing I've ever heard; get on out of here!'-then you'll never get anything out of that person again, and you might as well have a puppet on a string or a robot. John Bryan
Effective listeners remember that "words have no meaning - people have meaning." The assignment of meaning to a term is an internal process; meaning comes from inside us. And although our experiences, knowledge and attitudes differ, we often misinterpret each other's messages while under the illusion that a common understanding has been achieved. Larry Barker
To listen fully means to pay close attention to what is being said beneath the words. You listen not only to the 'music,' but to the essence of the person speaking. You listen not only for what someone knows, but for what he or she is. Ears operate at the speed of sound, which is far slower than the speed of light the eyes take in. Generative listening is the art of developing deeper silences in yourself, so you can slow our mind's hearing to your ears' natural speed, and hear beneath the words to their meaning. Peter Senge
The first duty of love is to listen. Paul Tillich
Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.
Native American Proverb
Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again. Andre Gide
It takes a great man to be a good listener.
Research shows that those who take care of themselves first are better listeners and can be with others in a more constructive way.
One must talk little and listen much.
Listen to Everyone. Ideas come from everywhere.
We must be silent before we can listen.
William Arthur Ward
Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking.
Bernard M. Baruch
Bore, n.: A person who talks when you wish him to listen.
Don't listen to friends when the Friend inside you says "Do this".
No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen.
Remember that listening stops the instant someone starts talking to himself or herself silently."
Suzette Haden Elgin, Ph.D., How to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable
In a good conversation, listening is as important as talking.
Steve Brown, How To Talk so People Will Listen
Listening is a high art of loving. Ask yourself, when was the last time I really listened to my child? My parent? My brother or sister? When someone is ready to share, three magic words amplify your connection, and they are: "Tell me more."
Rev. Mary Manin Morrissey