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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021


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


We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. ~Epictetus


One of the safest and most successful talents I know of is to be a good listener. ~Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw, 1818–1885)  [spelling standardized —tg]


Lenin could listen so intently that he exhausted the speaker. ~Isaiah Berlin


An orator's power is largely drawn from his hearers; be ye therefore "eloquent listeners," if ye would be entertained. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882


Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf. ~American Indian proverb


Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ~Author unknown


You never get people's fuller attention than when you're listening to them. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


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


I tell you everything that is really nothing, and nothing of what is everything, do not be fooled by what I am saying. Please listen carefully and try to hear what I am not saying. ~Charles C. Finn


If you look like someone who's willing to listen, you hear a lot of explanations owed to other people. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Where Eager Talks form the Major Faction,
A Listener finds himself the Chief Attraction.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Human Phenomena," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924


Home is where you can say anything you like cause nobody listens to you anyway. ~Author unknown


One way to meet new people is to listen more carefully to the people you see every day. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said. ~Peter F. Drucker


"Silent" and "listen" are spelled with the same letters. ~Author unknown


If animals could talk, the world would lose its best listeners. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


My wife says I never listen to her. At least I think that's what she said. ~Author Unknown


Free speech is a blessing to men, without it no race can advance; but talkers should pause now and then, and give other fellows a chance. ~Walt Mason (1862–1939), "The Poor Listener"


The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. ~Thich Nhat Hanh


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


If you will think it over you will find that the most popular man of your acquaintance is a good listener. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1908, George Horace Lorimer, editor


Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. ~Robert Fulghum


If I had it to do again, I'd ask more questions and interrupt fewer answers. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Lots of people talk to animals.... Not very many listen, though.... That's the problem. ~Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh


Apelles post tabulam: (Lat. prov.) "Apelles behind the picture," a secret listener. ~A Manual of Quotations, from the Ancient, Modern, and Oriental Languages, including Law Phrases, Maxims, Proverbs, and Family Mottoes, forming a new and considerably enlarged edition of Macdonnel's Dictionary of Quotations, by E.H. Michelsen, 1856


The easiest way to meet people is to just look like someone who is willing to listen. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. ~James Baldwin


No one is listening until you fart. ~Author Unknown


Women like silent men. They think they're listening. ~Marcel Achard, Quote, 4 November 1956


Not all my day can I spend in listening, for I, too, must evolve, ere the night comes on. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904



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