Listening Quotes

A.J. Darkholme

Sometimes the best way to learn a lesson isn't just hearing the words, but putting it into practice by experimenting with it and finding its truth for yourself instead of taking someone else’s word for it.

Tim Fargo

Good advice is not often served in our favorite flavor.

Amit Kalantri

To assess the quality of thoughts of people, don't listen to their words, but watch their
To assess the quality of thoughts of people, don't listen to their words, but watch their actions.

C. Kennedy

One can learn from what is not said.

Eudora Welty

Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it’s an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, like a mouse from its hole.

Michael Bassey Johnson

The impression in the colors of your profound words evokes an everlasting impression in the mind of whosoever hears it.

Mark Nepo

To walk quietly until the miracle in everything speaks is poetry, whether we write it down or not.

Gustave Flaubert

I tried to discover, in the rumor of forests and waves, words that other men could not hear, and I pricked up my ears to listen to the revelation of their harmony.

Madeleine L'Engle

When the work takes over, then the artist is enabled to get out of the way, not to interfere. When the work takes over, then the artist listens.

Mark Nepo

I was born with the ability to see in metaphor.

Richelle E. Goodrich

We forget that the sweetest joys are found in the simplest acts: hugs, laughter, quiet observation, basic movements, holding hands, pleasant music, shared stories, a listening ear, an unhurried visit, and selfless service. It is sad we forget a truth so elementary.

A.J. Darkholme

We stay the same as we've always been, keeping to the path we've walked our whole lives. Paths that carry so much importance and perceived stability that we are utterly convinced it is the only one to walk – that anyone not walking it with us is being misled.

A.J. Darkholme

Every man walks his own path, and every path has its fair share of locked doors. You never know who holds the key to a door you’ll need to open one day, so you best treat people as if they are all keyholders.

Amaka Imani Nkosazana

Talking is great, but don't ignore the value of listening. Pay attention to the words being spoken. Some people just love the sound of their own voice. And, when another person speaks, they are only anticipating to compete, challenge, or question what is being said. You can miss out on some important wisdom always running your mouth.

Dejan Stojanovic

Vandals listen only when others are stronger.
If vandals are equal or stronger
Their word is the last word.

Meredith Duran

For a woman's words to wound would require a man to listen first!

Michael Bassey Johnson

Focus your attention on the quality of your words, and not the quantity, because few sensible talks attracts millions of listeners more than a thousand gibberish.

Michael Bassey Johnson

When you start listening to side talks, you begin to behave like a child, and you must kill the child to sustain the man, the man is always overlooking and philosophical.

Rachel Simon

Silence made space for other people's words, which was important for those who needed to be listened to.

Shaun Hick

Nothing listens as well as a blank page.

Henry David Thoreau

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


Whoever is going to listen to the philosophers needs a considerable practice in listening.

Calvin Coolidge

It takes a great man to be a good listener.


Spend your leisure time in cultivating an ear attentive to discourse, for in this way you will find that you learn with ease what others have found out with difficulty.

Ashish Patel

Listen to your own intuit. Have stronger wisdom to judge your own belief and things that you desire to do NOT what others want you to do.

Ursula K. Le Guin

For a word to be spoken, there must be silence. Before, and after.

Frank C. Laubach

Prayer at its highest is a two-way conversation-and for me the most important part is listening to God's replies.

Annie Dillard

What have we been doing all these centuries but trying to call God back to the mountain, or, failing that, raise a peep out of anything that isn't us? What is the difference between a cathedral and a physics lab? Are not they both saying: Hello? We spy on whales and on interstellar radio objects; we starve ourselves and pray till we're blue.

Rachel Joyce

There was a patient who sat with her family in a circle around her, all holding hands. Sister Philomena asked if they would like to join her for prayers and they said yes, they would. They closed their eyes as Sister Philomena whispered the words and I thought this must be the nearest humans get to whatever God is, when they hold hands and listen.

Caitlyn Paige

We talk, even if no one listens, because we never know when someone will.

Sarah J. Maas

To listen to what I'd heard - as if I'd already learned everything I needed.

Rudyard Kipling

To hear is one thing, to know is another.

Cindy Ann Peterson

A key to the art of conversation is learning how to be an effective and active listener.

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

so many sounds do come close to our ears each moment. What we allow into our mind and how we interpret what we listen to is what propels our thought and actions

Amit Kalantri

An advice is truly valuable when people not just give it their ears but also their obedience.

Vironika Tugaleva

In some ways, we will always be different. In other ways, we will always be the same. There is always room to disagree and blame, just as there is always room to take a new perspective and empathize. Understanding is a choice.

Steve Goodier

The key to good listening isn't technique, it's desire. Until we truly want to understand the other person, we'll never listen well.

Jim George

Listening is an act of love. When you listen to people, you are communicating non-verbally that they are important to you.

Bryant McGill

When the voices of doubt start whispering, turn-up the volume of faith and listen to your heart.

Chris Murray

That which is currently beyond your capabilities now, does not have to be so forever

Abigail Roux

Zane raised his brow. “Didn’t I say that yesterday?” he asked, forcing
himself to be patient. Somehow.
“You say that like you think I listen to you,” Ty responded instantly, a
smile pulling at his lips.

A.J. Darkholme

Remain open-minded, even when you believe yourself to be a king among peasants. You never know what blessings can be gained or crises averted just by listening.

Paulo Coelho

A Warrior of the Light does not waste his time listening to provocations; he has a destiny to fulfill.

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

the ultimate meaning of words cannot be found in what the listener hears but in what he listens to upon hearing

Emily Andrews

Ricky just listens. He isn't shocked. He isn't surprised. He listens to me because he knows. He knows the shame and the guilt and the sorrow and the rage. And he does not judge me. He just listens.

Aspen Baker

I want a future abortion conversation known for its openness, respect and empathy, so instead of generating more heat, anger and conflict, I practice pro-voice.

Aspen Baker

I have witnessed how the power of listening, storytelling and embracing gray areas breaks through the rigid 'us vs. them.

Orrin Woodward

Since a leader cannot rise above his thinking, he must assault his limiting beliefs daily thru reading, listening & associating.

Lisa M. Cronkhite

Surround yourself with music. Just be sure to turn the radio on.

Charles Olson

If he stays inside himself, if he is contained within his nature as he is participant in the larger force, he will be able to listen, and his hearing through himself will give him secrets objects share.

Na'ama Yehuda

When hearts speak, they touch each other and transform the deepest sorrow.

Amit Kalantri

The mind is more sensible than heart, if you are sure listen to your heart, if you are confuse listen to your mind.

Marie Sabillo

The best listeners are often those with the quietest heart.

Atiq Rahimi

هل نستطيع ، نحن الذين غير جديرين بالكلمة، أن نكون جديرين بالاستماع فقط! كلّ قول هو أمر ضر%

Suzanne Palmieri

The only problem is the heart is quiet. It takes a very special kind of person to hear what the heart says. Most can't hear it at all and they have to guess. There are a lot of people walking around just guessing.

John Geddes listen first with the ears - then, you wait and listen for what your heart feels - then you consider what they've said - then, you reply ...

Raphael Zernoff

When you ask for assistance from your guides and the Masters of Light
Know that they already help you as much as they can.
It is you who must come to meet them halfway.
Do not ask them as if they had power to change your life.
They only can guide you to be your own best guide.

Gary Hopkins

Never allow your ego to diminish your ability to listen.

Randy Alcorn

Yanked out of the present, Adam discovered the richness of the past in people's stories.

Bill Maher

New Rule: If you're one of the one-in-three married women who say your pet is a better listener than your husband, you talk too much. And I have some bad news for you: Your dog's not listening, either; he's waiting for food to fall out of your mouth.

William Shawcross

Elizabeth was so sweet this afternoon trying to show P.B. his sitting room. He became absorbed in some jungle prints along the passage and would not come. The corners of her mouth went down after the third attempt & putting both hands on his shoulders she said angelically: ‘Bertie do listen to me.’ He kissed her and came at once.

Bryant McGill

If you can sit with your pain, listen to your pain and respect your pain - in time you will move through your pain.

Bryant McGill

The source calls to you. Find a quiet place and listen for the voice of creation. Look upon the horizon and see the future of your new life, where you are again a natural soul living in joy and peace.

Aspen Baker

Infusing the cultural war with love, respect and empathy is the responsibility of every one who cares about the health and wellbeing of women, our families and communities, and our democracy.

A.J. Darkholme

When all seems hopeless and all has gone silent, that’s Destiny turning down the music so that all may hear our response to life’s great storms, giving our response the chance to echo throughout eternity with the level of greatness it deserves.

Terry Tempest Williams

Listening over and over to the voices through a family of instruments allowed us to recognize and appreciate the dignity and uniqueness of each living thing in the meadow and forest.

David W. Earle

Other people feel love when we listen without judging and accept them without demanding change. We all desperately require these basic needs. When we can do this for another, we are indeed that person’s angel.

Edmond Mbiaka

I love listening to wise old people talk about their past experiences. They truly have so many valuable lessons to teach about life, and I never get tired of listening and learning from them.

Emilie Autumn

I love to write and to get to know the people who are listening.

Ed Cunningham

Friends are those rare people who ask how we are, and then wait to hear the answer.

Richard Paul Evans

Sometimes its not the strength but gentleness that cracks the hardest shells.

Malcolm Forbes

The art of conversation lies in listening

J. Benson

Anyone can talk,
   but to listen is a gift,
     we should all exchange

John Green

For so long, I hadn't really heard Margo - I'd seen her screaming and thought her laughing - that now I figured it was my job. To try, even at this great remove, to hear the opera of her.

Richard Rohr

A skilled listener can help people tap into their own wisdom.

S.E. Hinton

I guess he had listened to more beefs and more problems from more people than any of us. A guy that'll really listen to you, listen and care about what you're saying, is something rare.

Madelaine Standing

In order to understand the impact you can have on another's life by listening you need to first be intimate with the experience of being heard.

Reif Larsen

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.

Cornelia Funke

Children, they're the same everywhere. Greedy little creatures but the best listeners in the world -any world. The very best of all.

Wess Stafford

If God places a child before you, and you are too busy to wield either a positive or negative just did the later! You communicated that the child doesn't matter and isn't important.

Dean M. Schroeder

People with power listen less carefully, and have difficulty taking into account what others already know.

Dejan Stojanovic

Be aware of the high notes, of the blissful faces and their soft messages, and listen for the silent message of a highly decorated gift.

Marlon James

I think that’s what Toni Morrison and Alice Walker understand, the secret language of women. That it’s not a secret at all; men just don’t know how to listen.

Aaron Woodall

When others cannot find something to hold onto … we can reach out and be their anchor in that moment.

A.J. Darkholme

We all need to humble ourselves from time to time and expose ourselves to new perspectives and ideas, even those of the non-experts, or else our growth potential gets weighed down with the ignorance of ego and habit.

Irene Tomkinson

We teach what we need to learn. And we teach it until we get it.

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