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Quotes about the Critical Skill of Listening

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Quote: One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say. by author Bryant McGill overlaid on photo of two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge
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One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.


Quote: Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk. by author Doug Larson overlaid on photo of group of people sitting on white sand during daytime
Photo Credit: Amir Hosseini

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


Quote: Wrong perceptions cannot be removed by guns and bombs. They should be removed by deep listening, compassionate listening, and loving space. by author Thích Nhất Hạnh overlaid on photo of galaxy
Photo Credit: Shot by Cerqueira

Wrong perceptions cannot be removed by guns and bombs. They should be removed by deep listening, compassionate listening, and loving space.


Quote: You can practice deep listening in order to relieve the suffering in us, and in the other person. That kind of listening is described as compassionate listening. You listen only for the purpose of relieving suffering in the other person. by author Thích Nhất Hạnh overlaid on photo of Thích Nhất Hạnh quote: You can practice deep listening in order to relieve the suffering in us, and in the other person. That kind of listening is described as compassionate listening. You listen only for the purpose of relieving suffering in the other person.- black text on quotes background

You can practice deep listening in order to relieve the suffering in us, and in the other person. That kind of listening is described as compassionate listening. You listen only for the purpose of relieving suffering in the other person.


Quote: Effective listening is something that can absolutely be learned and mastered. Even if you find attentive listening difficult and, in certain situations, boring or unpleasant, that doesn't mean you can't do it. You just have to know what to work on. by author Travis Bradberry overlaid on photo of Travis Bradberry quote; white text on black background

Effective listening is something that can absolutely be learned and mastered. Even if you find attentive listening difficult and, in certain situations, boring or unpleasant, that doesn't mean you can't do it. You just have to know what to work on.




Quote: The humble listen to their brothers and sisters because they assume they have something to learn. They are open to correction, and they become wiser through it. by author Fr. Thomas Dubay overlaid on photo of silhouette of two person sitting on chair near tree
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The humble listen to their brothers and sisters because they assume they have something to learn. They are open to correction, and they become wiser through it.


Quote: In today's climate, listening is so compelling because it is so rare. Give the gift of listening to the kid in your life. Put down your phone and have a real conversation. Get to know him. Look him in the eyes. by author Sharilee Swaity overlaid on photo of two boy's walking on green grass field
Photo Credit: Kevin Gent

In today's climate, listening is so compelling because it is so rare. Give the gift of listening to the kid in your life. Put down your phone and have a real conversation. Get to know him. Look him in the eyes.


Quote: The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them. by author Ralph G. Nichols overlaid on photo of two people standing on grey rock under white clouds
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The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.


No man would listen to you talk if he didn't know it was his turn next.


Quote: Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and speaker. When someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand. by author Sue Patton Thoele overlaid on photo of couple sitting back to back
Photo Credit: Gemma Chua-Tran

Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and speaker. When someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand.


Quote: Let your body call you back into yourself, into your most deeply embodied self. Land, dive, soar. Find the crumbs that lead back home. by author Cheryl Pallant overlaid on photo of people holding shoulders sitting on wall
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Let your body call you back into yourself, into your most deeply embodied self. Land, dive, soar. Find the crumbs that lead back home.


Quote: When I speak of the gifted listener, I am thinking of the nonmusician primarily, of the listener who intends to retain his amateur status. It is the thought of just such a listener that excites the composer in me. by author Aaron Copland overlaid on photo of photo of author Aaron Copland with quote

When I speak of the gifted listener, I am thinking of the nonmusician primarily, of the listener who intends to retain his amateur status. It is the thought of just such a listener that excites the composer in me.


Quote: When we genuinely want to listen, we are bound to hear, as well as be heard. by author Abhijit Naskar overlaid on photo of woman in white dress and brown hat standing on green grass field during daytime
Photo Credit: Rendy Novantino

When we genuinely want to listen, we are bound to hear, as well as be heard.


Quote: An appreciative listener is always stimulating. by author Agatha Christie overlaid on photo of photo of author Agatha Christie with quote

An appreciative listener is always stimulating.


Quote: Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again. by author Andre Gide overlaid on photo of photo of author Andre Gide with quote

Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.


Quote: Listening is not just hearing what someone tells you word for word. You have to listen with a heart. I don't want that to sound touchy-feely; it is not. It is very hard work. by author Anna Deavere Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Anna Deavere Smith with quote

Listening is not just hearing what someone tells you word for word. You have to listen with a heart. I don't want that to sound touchy-feely; it is not. It is very hard work.


Quote: To be agreeable you must learn to be a good listener. A man who monopolizes a conversation is a bore, no matter how great his knowledge. by author Anonymous overlaid on photo of man and woman sitting on white bed reading book
Photo Credit: Anastasiia Rozumna

To be agreeable you must learn to be a good listener. A man who monopolizes a conversation is a bore, no matter how great his knowledge.


Quote: When you talk to yourself, at least you know that someone is listening. by author Craig Bruce overlaid on photo of silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff
Photo Credit: Karl Magnuson

When you talk to yourself, at least you know that someone is listening.


Quote: It's a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn't want to hear. by author Dick Cavett overlaid on photo of four men sitting beside table
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It's a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn't want to hear.


Quote: It's only through listening that you learn, and I never want to stop learning. by author Drew Barrymore overlaid on photo of woman in blue denim jacket leaning on man's shoulder near body of water
Photo Credit: Milan Popovic

It's only through listening that you learn, and I never want to stop learning.


Quote: The big secret in acting is listening to people. by author Eli Wallach overlaid on photo of woman hugging other woman while smiling at beach
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The big secret in acting is listening to people.


Quote: The best way to make a long story short is to stop listening. by author Evan Esar overlaid on photo of men walking on road
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The best way to make a long story short is to stop listening.


Quote: Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble. by author Frank Tyger overlaid on photo of person sitting on black surface looking to sky
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Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.


Quote: The subconscious is ceaselessly murmuring, and it is by listening to these murmurs that one hears the truth. by author Gaston Bachelard overlaid on photo of woman in black jacket sitting on green grass field near body of water during daytime
Photo Credit: Cathy Mü

The subconscious is ceaselessly murmuring, and it is by listening to these murmurs that one hears the truth.


Quote: Lives are changed by a moment's listening to conscience, by a single and quiet inclination of the mind. by author George A. Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author George A. Smith with quote

Lives are changed by a moment's listening to conscience, by a single and quiet inclination of the mind.


Quote: Many people make the mistake of confusing information with knowledge. They are not the same thing. Knowledge involves the interpretation of information. Knowledge involves listening. by author Henning Mankell overlaid on photo of pen on brown board
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Many people make the mistake of confusing information with knowledge. They are not the same thing. Knowledge involves the interpretation of information. Knowledge involves listening.


Quote: In Africa, listening is a guiding principle. It's a principle that's been lost in the constant chatter of the Western world, where no one seems to have the time or even the desire to listen to anyone else. by author Henning Mankell overlaid on photo of yellow and white abstract painting
Photo Credit: J Lee

In Africa, listening is a guiding principle. It's a principle that's been lost in the constant chatter of the Western world, where no one seems to have the time or even the desire to listen to anyone else.


Quote: Leaders can get stuck in groupthink because they're really not listening, or they're listening only to what they want to listen to, or they actually think they're so right that they're not interested in listening. And that leads to a lot of suboptimal solutions in the world. by author Jacqueline Novogratz overlaid on photo of Jacqueline Novogratz quote: Leaders can get stuck in groupthink because they're really not listening, or they're listening only to what they want to listen to, or they actually think they're so right that they're not interested in listening. And that leads to a lot of suboptimal solutions in the world.- black text on quotes background

Leaders can get stuck in groupthink because they're really not listening, or they're listening only to what they want to listen to, or they actually think they're so right that they're not interested in listening. And that leads to a lot of suboptimal solutions in the world.


Quote: Ultimately, the best speakers are the ones who have put 10,000 hours into listening. by author James Altucher overlaid on photo of white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair
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Ultimately, the best speakers are the ones who have put 10,000 hours into listening.


Quote: The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to their dream. by author Joan Didion overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on persons hand
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The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to their dream.


Quote: You're short on ears and long on mouth. by author John Wayne overlaid on photo of silhouette photography of persons raising hands while standing on island
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You're short on ears and long on mouth.


Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.


Quote: Let's use our stories to encourage listening to one another and to hear not just the good news, but also the pain that lies at the back of a lot of people's stories and histories. by author Karen Armstrong overlaid on photo of red wine digital wallpaper
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Let's use our stories to encourage listening to one another and to hear not just the good news, but also the pain that lies at the back of a lot of people's stories and histories.


Quote: I only wish I could find an institute that teaches people how to listen. Business people need to listen at least as much as they need to talk. Too many people fail to realize that real communication goes in both directions. by author Lee Iacocca overlaid on photo of Lee Iacocca quote: I only wish I could find an institute that teaches people how to listen. Business people need to listen at least as much as they need to talk. Too many people fail to realize that real communication goes in both directions.- white text on starry pic background

I only wish I could find an institute that teaches people how to listen. Business people need to listen at least as much as they need to talk. Too many people fail to realize that real communication goes in both directions.


Quote: You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time. by author M. Scott Peck overlaid on photo of photo of author M. Scott Peck with quote

You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.


Quote: Part of doing something is listening. We are listening. To the sun. To the stars. To the wind. by author Madeleine L'Engle overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine L'Engle with quote

Part of doing something is listening. We are listening. To the sun. To the stars. To the wind.


If you want to be listened to, you should put in time listening.


Quote: Listening to people keeps them entertained. by author Mason Cooley overlaid on photo of brown and white dog in close-up photography
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Listening to people keeps them entertained.


Quote: Conversely, beware the man who does nothing but ask you questions about yourself and offers no information about himself. Not only is he keeping you at bay, he is probably not listening to your answers. by author Merrill Markoe overlaid on photo of solid background
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Conversely, beware the man who does nothing but ask you questions about yourself and offers no information about himself. Not only is he keeping you at bay, he is probably not listening to your answers.


Quote: Listening to other people's needs is listening to God. Noticing simple, natural beauty, hearing music, even confronting the challenge of pain and problems -- that can all be listening to God too. by author Peter Kreeft overlaid on photo of woman in black tank top
Photo Credit: Estefania Cortes

Listening to other people's needs is listening to God. Noticing simple, natural beauty, hearing music, even confronting the challenge of pain and problems -- that can all be listening to God too.


Quote: Anyone who takes the time to listen is either an old soul or a romantic one. by author Richelle E. Goodrich overlaid on photo of close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset
Photo Credit: Tyler Nix

Anyone who takes the time to listen is either an old soul or a romantic one.


Quote: I'd say that what we hear is the quality of our listening. by author Robert Fripp overlaid on photo of two woman sitting on beach sand while facing sunlight
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I'd say that what we hear is the quality of our listening.


Quote: There is a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak. by author Simon Sinek overlaid on photo of man and woman hugging each other
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There is a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak.


Quote: Listening is active. At its most basic level, it's about focus, paying attention. by author Simon Sinek overlaid on photo of smiling couple
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Listening is active. At its most basic level, it's about focus, paying attention.


Quote: The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. 
We listen to reply. by author Stephen Covey overlaid on photo of woman about to kiss a tan puppy
Photo Credit: Daniel Lincoln

The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand.
We listen to reply.


Quote: Good listeners, like precious gems, are to be treasured. by author Walter Inglis Anderson overlaid on photo of boy and girl playing on three tree log
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Good listeners, like precious gems, are to be treasured.


Quote: While the right to talk may be the beginning of freedom, the necessity of listening is what makes that right important. by author Walter Lippmann overlaid on photo of smiling woman
Photo Credit: Christian Bowen

While the right to talk may be the beginning of freedom, the necessity of listening is what makes that right important.


Quote: One learns more from listening than speaking. And both the wind and the people who continue to live close to nature still have much to tell us which we cannot hear within university walls. by author Thor Heyerdahl overlaid on photo of pink and white abstract painting
Photo Credit: Pawel Czerwinski

One learns more from listening than speaking. And both the wind and the people who continue to live close to nature still have much to tell us which we cannot hear within university walls.


Listening is being able to be changed by the other person.


Quote: I do do a lot of talking, because it saves me listening. by author David Hockney overlaid on photo of photo of author David Hockney with quote

I do do a lot of talking, because it saves me listening.


Quote: Listening is a positive act: you have to put yourself out to do it. by author David Hockney overlaid on photo of black porsche 911 on road during daytime
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Listening is a positive act: you have to put yourself out to do it.


It's about listening first, then selling.


Quote: Again and again one can listen: this is my opinion, I think this or that... As if it matters, what one or the other thinks! The point is much more to what the truth is! by author Rudolf Steiner overlaid on photo of silhouette of two person sitting on chair near tree
Photo Credit: Harli Marten

Again and again one can listen: this is my opinion, I think this or that... As if it matters, what one or the other thinks! The point is much more to what the truth is!


Quote: When someone tells you something big, it's like you're taking money from them, and there's no way it will ever go back to being the way it was. You have to take responsibility for listening. by author Banana Yoshimoto overlaid on photo of man and woman kissing under blue sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Jakob Owens

When someone tells you something big, it's like you're taking money from them, and there's no way it will ever go back to being the way it was. You have to take responsibility for listening.


Quote: As a doctor, I've learned the importance and value of listening. by author Ami Bera overlaid on photo of Ami Bera quote: As a doctor, I've learned the importance and value of listening.- black text on quotes background

As a doctor, I've learned the importance and value of listening.


Quote: The word 'listen' contains the same letters as the word 'silent'. by author Alfred Brendel overlaid on photo of blue sky with stars during night time
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The word 'listen' contains the same letters as the word 'silent'.


Quote: Listening is not merely not talking, though even that is beyond most of our powers; it means taking a vigorous, human interest in what is being told us. by author Alice Duer Miller overlaid on photo of gray short coated dog lying on gray concrete floor
Photo Credit: Kendall Peña

Listening is not merely not talking, though even that is beyond most of our powers; it means taking a vigorous, human interest in what is being told us.


Quote: There's something to be learned by listening and absorbing and watching before you start telling the people who have been there how to rearrange chairs. by author Anne Northup overlaid on photo of two people standing on grey rock under white clouds
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There's something to be learned by listening and absorbing and watching before you start telling the people who have been there how to rearrange chairs.


Quote: Listening and being curious and wide-eyed in the world, I think, is what allows us to move forward, progress, evolve and learn and alter our behavior and become more self-aware. I think that listening is kind of what it's all about. by author Andrew Zuckerman overlaid on photo of Andrew Zuckerman quote: Listening and being curious and wide-eyed in the world, I think, is what allows us to move forward, progress, evolve and learn and alter our behavior and become more self-aware. I think that listening is kind of what it's all about.printed in white text on seashore background

Listening and being curious and wide-eyed in the world, I think, is what allows us to move forward, progress, evolve and learn and alter our behavior and become more self-aware. I think that listening is kind of what it's all about.


Quote: I like people, and I like listening to them because something that'll happen out of that conversation could be the title or the subject of the song. by author Babyface overlaid on photo of cute labradoron rocks wallpaper
Photo Credit: Yannick Wittwer

I like people, and I like listening to them because something that'll happen out of that conversation could be the title or the subject of the song.


Quote: Listening to something is an act of surrender. by author Brian Eno overlaid on photo of man smiling while facing other person
Photo Credit: Sherman Yang

Listening to something is an act of surrender.


Quote: If you want to make someone feel emotion, you have to make them let go. Listening to something is an act of surrender. by author Brian Eno overlaid on photo of woman in white dress walking on pathway between trees during daytime
Photo Credit: Greg Rosenke

If you want to make someone feel emotion, you have to make them let go. Listening to something is an act of surrender.


Quote: Sometimes listening is of greater value than speaking. by author Benjamin Watson overlaid on photo of two person on the tunnel
Photo Credit: Jason Lam

Sometimes listening is of greater value than speaking.


Quote: Just the act of listening means more than you can imagine to most employees. by author Bob Nelson overlaid on photo of brown short coated dog sitting on gray carpet
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Just the act of listening means more than you can imagine to most employees.


Quote: Sticking to your values, listening to your instincts, making your own choices is so important. by author Brittany Murphy overlaid on photo of brass quilt pen
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Sticking to your values, listening to your instincts, making your own choices is so important.


Quote: There is nothing wrong with listening. You can listen to people; you can hear people's concerns. You can keep an open mind and still be perfectly strong. by author Bill de Blasio overlaid on photo of black and yellow wall sconce
Photo Credit: Jarrod Reed

There is nothing wrong with listening. You can listen to people; you can hear people's concerns. You can keep an open mind and still be perfectly strong.


Quote: People will feel safer around you and speak truthfully to you when they feel you are listening intently to them. by author Brian Koslow overlaid on photo of woman in white and black striped shirt standing on yellow sunflower field during daytime
Photo Credit: Antonino Visalli

People will feel safer around you and speak truthfully to you when they feel you are listening intently to them.


Quote: You have to master not only the art of listening to your head, you must also master listening to your heart and listening to your gut. by author Carly Fiorina overlaid on photo of blue sky and white clouds
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You have to master not only the art of listening to your head, you must also master listening to your heart and listening to your gut.


Quote: The essence of meditation is a period of time set aside to contemplate the Lord, listen to Him, and allow Him to permeate our spirits. by author Charles Stanley overlaid on photo of brown short coated dog lying on white and pink floral textile
Photo Credit: Joy Christian

The essence of meditation is a period of time set aside to contemplate the Lord, listen to Him, and allow Him to permeate our spirits.


Quote: Listening is more important than anything else because that's what music is. Somebody is playing something and you're receiving it. It is sending and receiving. by author Carla Bley overlaid on photo of woman carrying baby while walking
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Listening is more important than anything else because that's what music is. Somebody is playing something and you're receiving it. It is sending and receiving.


Quote: Listening to others does not mean you should sound like them; find your own voice by telling stories as authentically as possible. by author Carmen Agra Deedy overlaid on photo of white and brown cat lying on brown wooden floor
Photo Credit: Daria Shatova

Listening to others does not mean you should sound like them; find your own voice by telling stories as authentically as possible.


Quote: Storytelling is about listening in any media. by author Chris Vance overlaid on photo of white spiral notebook on black wooden table
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Storytelling is about listening in any media.


Quote: For me, masculinity is about control, and femininity is more of an embrace, the art of listening. It's very inspiring to explore the shadows of masculinity and femininity, and the tensions between both, and the place of women in the world right now. by author Denis Villeneuve overlaid on photo of Denis Villeneuve quote: For me, masculinity is about control, and femininity is more of an embrace, the art of listening. It's very inspiring to explore the shadows of masculinity and femininity, and the tensions between both, and the place of women in the world right now.printed in white text on seashore background

For me, masculinity is about control, and femininity is more of an embrace, the art of listening. It's very inspiring to explore the shadows of masculinity and femininity, and the tensions between both, and the place of women in the world right now.


Quote: Listening to both sides does not necessarily bring about a correct judgment. by author Donald Rumsfeld overlaid on photo of sunset
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Listening to both sides does not necessarily bring about a correct judgment.


Quote: The measure of a conversation is how much mutual recognition there is in it; how much shared there is in it. If you're talking about what's in your own head, or without thought to what people looking and listening will feel, you might as well be in a room talking to yourself. by author Dylan Moran overlaid on photo of Dylan Moran quote: The measure of a conversation is how much mutual recognition there is in it; how much shared there is in it. If you're talking about what's in your own head, or without thought to what people looking and listening will feel, you might as well be in a room talking to yourself.- black text on quotes background

The measure of a conversation is how much mutual recognition there is in it; how much shared there is in it. If you're talking about what's in your own head, or without thought to what people looking and listening will feel, you might as well be in a room talking to yourself.


Quote: One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears by listening to them. by author Dean Rusk overlaid on photo of Dean Rusk quote; white text on black background

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


Quote: The best way to persuade people is with your ears -- by listening to them. by author Dean Rusk overlaid on photo of Dean Rusk quote: The best way to persuade people is with your ears -- by listening to them.- white text on starry pic background

The best way to persuade people is with your ears -- by listening to them.


Quote: There is as much wisdom in listening as there is in speaking -- and that goes for all relationships, not just romantic ones. by author Daniel Dae Kim overlaid on photo of couple holding hands wallpaper
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There is as much wisdom in listening as there is in speaking -- and that goes for all relationships, not just romantic ones.


Quote: Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable. by author David W Augsburger overlaid on photo of blue and black butterfly on pink and yellow flower
Photo Credit: William Warby

Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.


Quote: Listening is the essence of anything. by author David Lyons overlaid on photo of landscape photography of mountain
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Listening is the essence of anything.


Quote: Listening to what people were saying wasn't even important. But it was important to look as if you were listening to what people were saying. Actually, listening to what people are saying, to me, interferes with looking as if you were listening to what people are saying. by author Errol Morris overlaid on photo of Errol Morris quote; white text on black background

Listening to what people were saying wasn't even important. But it was important to look as if you were listening to what people were saying. Actually, listening to what people are saying, to me, interferes with looking as if you were listening to what people are saying.


Quote: Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory. by author Emily Post overlaid on photo of Light blue to dark blue gradient
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Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory.


Quote: It is silent, an anagram for listen. 
That is what I do. Listen while she remains silent. by author Eric Jerome Dickey overlaid on photo of man and woman sitting on hanging bridge at daytime
Photo Credit: Daniel J. Schwarz

It is silent, an anagram for listen.
That is what I do. Listen while she remains silent.


Quote: One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody's listening. by author Franklin P. Jones overlaid on photo of two women walking together outdoor during daytime
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One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody's listening.


Quote: Authenticity is the ability to listen to what nature tells us. Listening isn't the same thing as never making a mistake, but the important thing is to learn. by author Gerard Depardieu overlaid on photo of purple textile in close up photography
Photo Credit: Tamanna Rumee

Authenticity is the ability to listen to what nature tells us. Listening isn't the same thing as never making a mistake, but the important thing is to learn.


Quote: Tone is often the most important part of a conversation -- and listening is so much more important than what you say. by author Hoda Kotb overlaid on photo of brown and white ceramic dog figurine
Photo Credit: Karsten Winegeart

Tone is often the most important part of a conversation -- and listening is so much more important than what you say.


Quote: There is something very basic to the sense of listening. The sense of hearing is the only one that operates totally from vibrations, without other physical or chemical reactions to receive the sensations. by author Henry Reed overlaid on photo of silhouette of woman hugging mna under starry night sky
Photo Credit: Dilan NaGi

There is something very basic to the sense of listening. The sense of hearing is the only one that operates totally from vibrations, without other physical or chemical reactions to receive the sensations.


Quote: Just because I didn't do what you told me, doesn't mean I wasn't listening to you! by author Hank Ketcham overlaid on photo of silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky
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Just because I didn't do what you told me, doesn't mean I wasn't listening to you!


Quote: One of the most important elements in teaching, conducting, and performing, all three, is listening. by author Itzhak Perlman overlaid on photo of photo of author Itzhak Perlman with quote

One of the most important elements in teaching, conducting, and performing, all three, is listening.


Quote: To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well. by author John Marshall overlaid on photo of man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge
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To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well.


Quote: Without credible communication, and a lot of it, the hearts and minds of others are never captured. by author John P. Kotter overlaid on photo of gray concrete surface
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Without credible communication, and a lot of it, the hearts and minds of others are never captured.


Quote: The first rule of my speaking is: listen! by author Larry King overlaid on photo of photo of author Larry King with quote

The first rule of my speaking is: listen!


Quote: When you talk, you repeat what you already know; when you listen, you often learn something. by author Jared Sparks overlaid on photo of group of people sitting on white sand during daytime
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When you talk, you repeat what you already know; when you listen, you often learn something.


Quote: I have often heard that the outstanding man is he who thinks deeply about a problem, and the next is he who listens carefully to advice. by author Livy overlaid on photo of man and woman sitting on white bed reading book
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I have often heard that the outstanding man is he who thinks deeply about a problem, and the next is he who listens carefully to advice.


Quote: When you stop learning, stop listening, stop looking and asking questions, always new questions, then it is time to die. by author Lillian Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Lillian Smith with quote

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


Quote: Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. by author Karl A. Menninger overlaid on photo of Karl A. Menninger quote; white text on black background

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.


Quote: A healthy state encourages many voices -- and lots of listening. by author Kathleen Sebelius overlaid on photo of photo of author Kathleen Sebelius with quote

A healthy state encourages many voices -- and lots of listening.


Quote: I think a lot of making art is listening to yourself. by author Kiki Smith overlaid on photo of photo of author Kiki Smith with quote

I think a lot of making art is listening to yourself.


Quote: Listening moves us closer, it helps us become more whole, more healthy, more holy. Not listening creates fragmentation, and fragmentation is the root of all suffering. by author Margaret J. Wheatley overlaid on photo of man in red shirt sitting on white suv during daytime
Photo Credit: Alexandre Barbosa

Listening moves us closer, it helps us become more whole, more healthy, more holy. Not listening creates fragmentation, and fragmentation is the root of all suffering.


Quote: There are many benefits to this process of listening. The first is that good listeners are created as people feel listened to. Listening is a reciprocal process -- we become more attentive to others if they have attended to us. by author Margaret J. Wheatley overlaid on photo of Margaret J. Wheatley quote; white text on black background

There are many benefits to this process of listening. The first is that good listeners are created as people feel listened to. Listening is a reciprocal process -- we become more attentive to others if they have attended to us.


Quote: Listening is such a simple act. It requires us to be present, and that takes practice, but we don't have to do anything else. We don't have to advise, or coach, or sound wise. We just have to be willing to sit there and listen. by author Margaret J. Wheatley overlaid on photo of Margaret J. Wheatley quote; white text on black background

Listening is such a simple act. It requires us to be present, and that takes practice, but we don't have to do anything else. We don't have to advise, or coach, or sound wise. We just have to be willing to sit there and listen.


Quote: Reading is more of a left-brain process, and listening to music is a right-brain function. by author Maynard James Keenan overlaid on photo of photo of author Maynard James Keenan with quote

Reading is more of a left-brain process, and listening to music is a right-brain function.


Quote: Grace, respect, reserve, and empathetic listening are qualities sorely missing from the public discourse now. by author Meryl Streep overlaid on photo of four person hands wrap around shoulders while looking at sunset
Photo Credit: Helena Lopes

Grace, respect, reserve, and empathetic listening are qualities sorely missing from the public discourse now.


Quote: When a man interrupts a woman in mid-sentence, it reveals much about him. First, it shows he hasn't been listening to what she is saying, and secondly, it indicates that he doesn't want to listen to what she will say. Her views are not important. by author Madeleine M. Kunin overlaid on photo of photo of author Madeleine M. Kunin with quote

When a man interrupts a woman in mid-sentence, it reveals much about him. First, it shows he hasn't been listening to what she is saying, and secondly, it indicates that he doesn't want to listen to what she will say. Her views are not important.


Quote: People, by and large, would rather be talking than listening. by author Mike Nichols overlaid on photo of photo of author Mike Nichols with quote

People, by and large, would rather be talking than listening.


Quote: Women like silent men. They think they're listening. by author Marcel Achard overlaid on photo of photo of author Marcel Achard with quote

Women like silent men. They think they're listening.


Quote: Insight into character comes from listening intently to the spoken word. The physical person, their charisma, charm and dramatic flair is more often used to persuade audiences, as they use these stealth tools of disguise and deception. by author Maximillian Degenerez overlaid on photo of Maximillian Degenerez quote; white text on black background

Insight into character comes from listening intently to the spoken word. The physical person, their charisma, charm and dramatic flair is more often used to persuade audiences, as they use these stealth tools of disguise and deception.


Quote: Those who still think listening isn't an art should see if they can do it half as well. by author Michael Ende overlaid on photo of photo of author Michael Ende with quote

Those who still think listening isn't an art should see if they can do it half as well.




Quote: You need to listen to your body because your body is listening to you. by author Phil McGraw overlaid on photo of photo of author Phil McGraw with quote

You need to listen to your body because your body is listening to you.


Quote: The thing about improvisation is that it's not about what you say. It's listening to what other people say. It's about what you hear. by author Paul Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Paul Merton with quote

The thing about improvisation is that it's not about what you say. It's listening to what other people say. It's about what you hear.


Quote: Listening is the key to everything good in music. by author Pat Metheny overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Metheny with quote

Listening is the key to everything good in music.


Quote: Not listening to people who care about you, not to be open or transparent, will make you isolated. by author Ofra Strauss overlaid on photo of photo of author Ofra Strauss with quote

Not listening to people who care about you, not to be open or transparent, will make you isolated.




Quote: If there's one thing I've learned about women, which I try to pass on to my boys, it's listening. Listen to the other side of the story first. by author Rod Stewart overlaid on photo of photo of author Rod Stewart with quote

If there's one thing I've learned about women, which I try to pass on to my boys, it's listening. Listen to the other side of the story first.


Quote: Passion is listening. by author Rahul Gandhi overlaid on photo of photo of author Rahul Gandhi with quote

Passion is listening.


Quote: You can't fake listening. It shows. by author Raquel Welch overlaid on photo of photo of author Raquel Welch with quote

You can't fake listening. It shows.


Quote: You have to do a lot of listening, you don't just learn out of yourself. by author Ruggiero Ricci overlaid on photo of photo of author Ruggiero Ricci with quote

You have to do a lot of listening, you don't just learn out of yourself.


Quote: Look at the product pipeline, look at the fantastic financial results we've had for the last five years. You only get that kind of performance on the innovation side, on the financial side, if you're really listening and reacting to the best ideas of the people we have. by author Steve Ballmer overlaid on photo of Steve Ballmer quote; white text on black background

Look at the product pipeline, look at the fantastic financial results we've had for the last five years. You only get that kind of performance on the innovation side, on the financial side, if you're really listening and reacting to the best ideas of the people we have.


Quote: Trust your instincts: they tend to see you right. By listening to them, at least you can sleep at night. by author Sophie Ellis-Bextor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophie Ellis-Bextor with quote

Trust your instincts: they tend to see you right. By listening to them, at least you can sleep at night.


Quote: The art of entrepreneurship and the science of Customer Development is not just getting out of the building and listening to prospective customers. It's understanding who to listen to and why. by author Steve Blank overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Blank with quote

The art of entrepreneurship and the science of Customer Development is not just getting out of the building and listening to prospective customers. It's understanding who to listen to and why.


John Kennedy won the first televised presidential debate among those watching it, while Richard Nixon won among those listening on the radio.


Quote: There's only one thing more boring than listening to other people's dreams, and that's listening to their problems. by author Sue Townsend overlaid on photo of photo of author Sue Townsend with quote

There's only one thing more boring than listening to other people's dreams, and that's listening to their problems.


Quote: There's something about the silence of people listening to someone or watching someone -- I just... I love that. by author Sam Heughan overlaid on photo of photo of author Sam Heughan with quote

There's something about the silence of people listening to someone or watching someone -- I just... I love that.


Quote: From now on, the technology companies that succeed will be those that have developed skills at listening and a sophisticated understanding of their customers' industries. by author Samuel J. Palmisano overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel J. Palmisano with quote

From now on, the technology companies that succeed will be those that have developed skills at listening and a sophisticated understanding of their customers' industries.




Quote: If people are not listening to you as individuals, it's always good to get together and make a stand for something. by author Tinie Tempah overlaid on photo of photo of author Tinie Tempah with quote

If people are not listening to you as individuals, it's always good to get together and make a stand for something.


Quote: There are ways to stimulate being prolific, and part of that is making pilgrimages, and being open to listening, changing up the routine. by author Tori Amos overlaid on photo of photo of author Tori Amos with quote

There are ways to stimulate being prolific, and part of that is making pilgrimages, and being open to listening, changing up the routine.


Quote: A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something. by author Wilson Mizner overlaid on photo of photo of author Wilson Mizner with quote

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something.




Quote: By listening, you acknowledge and embrace the world that is going on outside your head, which helps you sort out what's going on inside your head. by author Kate Murphy overlaid on photo of photo of author Kate Murphy with quote

By listening, you acknowledge and embrace the world that is going on outside your head, which helps you sort out what's going on inside your head.




Quote: People start to heal the moment they feel heard. by author Cheryl Richardson overlaid on photo of four people sitting on wooden stair
Photo Credit: Gaelle Marcel

People start to heal the moment they feel heard.


Quote: I don't remember having ever learned anything while I was talking. Every single thing I've ever learned in my life, I've learned by listening or reading. by author Art Rios overlaid on photo of man in red shirt sitting on white suv during daytime
Photo Credit: Alexandre Barbosa

I don't remember having ever learned anything while I was talking. Every single thing I've ever learned in my life, I've learned by listening or reading.


Quote: I just think there's a real art in listening. I need to listen. by author Becky Hammon overlaid on photo of photo of author Becky Hammon with quote

I just think there's a real art in listening. I need to listen.


Quote: I had trouble listening to adults who didn't really mean anything that they said; it was as if their language poured into my ears only to drain right out a little spigot in the back of my head. by author Reif Larsen overlaid on photo of Reif Larsen quote; white text on black background

I had trouble listening to adults who didn't really mean anything that they said; it was as if their language poured into my ears only to drain right out a little spigot in the back of my head.


Quote: If I bother to listen, I can navigate by failure just as much as I can navigate by success. by author Sharon Weil overlaid on photo of group of people sitting on white sand during daytime
Photo Credit: Amir Hosseini

If I bother to listen, I can navigate by failure just as much as I can navigate by success.


Quote: The practice of deep listening is the practice of open inquiry, without assumption or judgement. by author Sharon Weil overlaid on photo of group of people sitting on white sand during daytime
Photo Credit: Amir Hosseini

The practice of deep listening is the practice of open inquiry, without assumption or judgement.


Quote: No one wants to listen. They all just want to spout opinions and then get offended that you don't agree with them. Conversations only work if both parties are wiling and open to learn from each other. by author George Stamatis overlaid on photo of two boy's walking on green grass field
Photo Credit: Kevin Gent

No one wants to listen. They all just want to spout opinions and then get offended that you don't agree with them. Conversations only work if both parties are wiling and open to learn from each other.






Quote: To talk less and be a better listener is the lifelong quest of a good friend. by author Judy Dippel overlaid on photo of two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge
Photo Credit: Ian Schneider

To talk less and be a better listener is the lifelong quest of a good friend.


Quote: To self-righteously project without a thought of listening is a form of constant selfishness. by author Paul Isaacs overlaid on photo of group of people sitting on white sand during daytime
Photo Credit: Amir Hosseini

To self-righteously project without a thought of listening is a form of constant selfishness.


Quote: Humans are emotional beings. They love when they are listened to, motivated, and nurtured. by author Pooja Agnihotri overlaid on photo of two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge
Photo Credit: Ian Schneider

Humans are emotional beings. They love when they are listened to, motivated, and nurtured.


Quote: Deep listening is experiencing heightened awareness or expanded awareness of sound and of silence, of quiet, and of sounding -- making sounds. by author Pauline Oliveros overlaid on photo of photo of author Pauline Oliveros with quote

Deep listening is experiencing heightened awareness or expanded awareness of sound and of silence, of quiet, and of sounding -- making sounds.


Quote: There's more than one way to tell each other things, and there's more than one way to listen, too. by author Katherine Hannigan overlaid on photo of group of people sitting on white sand during daytime
Photo Credit: Amir Hosseini

There's more than one way to tell each other things, and there's more than one way to listen, too.


Quote: Looking at art is one way of listening to God. by author Wendy Beckett overlaid on photo of unknown persons standing outdoors
Photo Credit: Dim Hou

Looking at art is one way of listening to God.


Quote: A little more listening to understand, a little less trying to convince, and a lot more intellectual humility would do everyone a world of good. by author Tania Israel overlaid on photo of photo of author Tania Israel with quote

A little more listening to understand, a little less trying to convince, and a lot more intellectual humility would do everyone a world of good.


Quote: Listening may not be the most exciting part of conversation, but it's essential if you want to have a meaningful exchange with another person. by author Tania Israel overlaid on photo of photo of author Tania Israel with quote

Listening may not be the most exciting part of conversation, but it's essential if you want to have a meaningful exchange with another person.


Quote: There's a deep humility in listening because the focus is more on understanding the other person than on saying everything that comes into your mind. by author Tania Israel overlaid on photo of photo of author Tania Israel with quote

There's a deep humility in listening because the focus is more on understanding the other person than on saying everything that comes into your mind.


Quote: Your silence creates a vacuum for others to fill The key is to stay present and keep listening. The silence of holding steady is different from the silence of holding back. by author Ronald Heifetz overlaid on photo of photo of author Ronald Heifetz with quote

Your silence creates a vacuum for others to fill The key is to stay present and keep listening. The silence of holding steady is different from the silence of holding back.




Quote: Listen more than you talk. by author Jeff Henderson overlaid on photo of Jeff Henderson quote; white text on black background

Listen more than you talk.


Quote: Good listening works magic... Listen intently intentionally! by author Frank Bettger overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Bettger with quote

Good listening works magic... Listen intently intentionally!


Quote: Hear much; speak little. by author Bias of Priene overlaid on photo of photo of author Bias of Priene with quote

Hear much; speak little.


Quote: The silence of prayer is the silence of listening. by author Elizabeth O'Connor overlaid on photo of two ice cream on glasses
Photo Credit: Heather Barnes

The silence of prayer is the silence of listening.


Quote: Listen with your eyes as well as your ears. by author Graham Speechley overlaid on photo of boy and girl playing on three tree log
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

Listen with your eyes as well as your ears.


Quote: What you have been taught by listening to others' words you will forget very quickly; what you have learned with your whole body you will remember for the rest of your life. by author Gichin Funakoshi overlaid on photo of man in red shirt sitting on white suv during daytime
Photo Credit: Alexandre Barbosa

What you have been taught by listening to others' words you will forget very quickly; what you have learned with your whole body you will remember for the rest of your life.


Quote: Listening is a discipline. It's all about being present at that moment in time. by author Chris Murray overlaid on photo of Chris Murray quote; white text on black background

Listening is a discipline. It's all about being present at that moment in time.


Quote: The aim of talk should be like the aim of a flying arrow -- to hit the mark; but to this end there must be a mark to hit, that is, there must be a listener. by author Charles Dickens overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles Dickens with quote

The aim of talk should be like the aim of a flying arrow -- to hit the mark; but to this end there must be a mark to hit, that is, there must be a listener.




Quote: And the people listened, and their faces were quiet with listening. The story tellers, gathering attention into their tales, spoke in great rhythms, spoke in great words because the tales were great, and the listeners became great through them. by author John Steinbeck overlaid on photo of photo of author John Steinbeck with quote

And the people listened, and their faces were quiet with listening. The story tellers, gathering attention into their tales, spoke in great rhythms, spoke in great words because the tales were great, and the listeners became great through them.


Quote: Life is like music for its own sake. We are living in an eternal now, and when we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present. by author Alan Watts overlaid on photo of photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Life is like music for its own sake. We are living in an eternal now, and when we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present.


Quote: You learn when you listen. You earn when you listen -- not just money, but respect. by author Harvey MacKay overlaid on photo of photo of author Harvey MacKay with quote

You learn when you listen. You earn when you listen -- not just money, but respect.


Quote: You listen to people so that you can imagine them, and you hear all the terrible and wonderful things people do to themselves and to one another, but in the end the listening exposes you even more than it exposes the people you're trying to listen to. by author John Green overlaid on photo of photo of author John Green with quote

You listen to people so that you can imagine them, and you hear all the terrible and wonderful things people do to themselves and to one another, but in the end the listening exposes you even more than it exposes the people you're trying to listen to.


Quote: Deep listening helps us to recognize the existence of wrong perceptions in the other person and wrong perceptions in us. by author Thích Nhất Hạnh overlaid on photo of photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

Deep listening helps us to recognize the existence of wrong perceptions in the other person and wrong perceptions in us.


Quote: May we try to listen and be silent in order to make space for the beauty of God. by author Pope Francis overlaid on photo of photo of author Pope Francis with quote

May we try to listen and be silent in order to make space for the beauty of God.


Quote: There's a lot of difference between listening and hearing. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

There's a lot of difference between listening and hearing.


Quote: Listening doesn't mean trying to understand. Anything, however trifling, may be of use one day. What matters is to know something that others don't know you know. by author Umberto Eco overlaid on photo of photo of author Umberto Eco with quote

Listening doesn't mean trying to understand. Anything, however trifling, may be of use one day. What matters is to know something that others don't know you know.


Quote: Very seldom do we receive any support for trusting ourselves, listening to our own sense of inner truth, and expressing ourselves in a direct and honest way. by author Shakti Gawain overlaid on photo of silhouette of two person sitting on chair near tree
Photo Credit: Harli Marten

Very seldom do we receive any support for trusting ourselves, listening to our own sense of inner truth, and expressing ourselves in a direct and honest way.


Quote: No, it's not a very good story -- its author was too busy listening to other voices to listen as closely as he should have to the one coming from inside. by author Stephen King overlaid on photo of photo of author Stephen King with quote

No, it's not a very good story -- its author was too busy listening to other voices to listen as closely as he should have to the one coming from inside.


Quote: Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him. by author Simone Weil overlaid on photo of photo of author Simone Weil with quote

Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him.


Quote: The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said. by author Peter Drucker overlaid on photo of photo of author Peter Drucker with quote

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.


Quote: A person hears only what they understand. by author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe overlaid on photo of photo of author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe with quote

A person hears only what they understand.


Quote: I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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


Quote: It takes a great man to be a good listener. by author Calvin Coolidge overlaid on photo of photo of author Calvin Coolidge with quote

It takes a great man to be a good listener.


Quote: We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of photo of author Blaise Pascal with quote

We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting.


Quote: Bore, n. A person who talks when you wish him to listen. by author Ambrose Bierce overlaid on photo of photo of author Ambrose Bierce with quote

Bore, n. A person who talks when you wish him to listen.


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