The Best Quotes About Listening 

Updated June 14, 2019 125 votes 77 voters 13.4k views 32 items

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A list of the best listening quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous listening quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic listening quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational listening quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about listening?" and "What are inspirational listening quotes?"

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I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. Ernest Hemingway
One of the hardest things to do in life is to listen without intent to reply.
There is only one rule to become a good talker, learn how to listen.
Listening: A wise old owl sat in an oak. The longer he sat, the less he spoke. The less he spoke, the more he heard. Why can't we be like that wise old bird?
Opportunities are often missed because we are broadcasting when we should be listening.
Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak. Epictetus
Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery. Joyce Brothers
No one every listened themselves out of a job. Calvin Coolidge
A person hears only what they understand. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
People should talk less and draw more. Personally, I would like to renounce speech altogether and, like organic nature, communicate everything I have to say visually. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Never speak of yourself to others; make them talk about themselves instead; therein lies the whole art of pleasing. Everybody knows it, and everyone forgets it.
When a woman is speaking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes. Victor Hugo
The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously. Hubert Humphrey
Listening well and answering well is one of the greatest perfections that can be obtained in conversation. Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld
When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say. Abraham Lincoln
No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why. Mignon McLaughlin
A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something. Wilson Mizner
The word is half his that speaks, and half his that hears it. Michel de Montaigne
Set up the listening. Prepare who you are talking to for what you want them to hear. Get people to listen as a possibility rather than a problem. Mal Pancoast
A new lens to look through. Hear the pain in people's speaking. People who have an ear to hear can hear. You will no longer tolerate what you used to tolerate. A second point of reality. Declare a new future. There are no right answers. There is no is. Give people breakdowns. It's the loving thing to do. What's being revealed here? Dogs don't have things wrong. Wrong disempowers people. Upsets indicate a right that's been violated. Notice when you are angry that you are the only one around. The only constant thing is you. Business is made up. It's invented. We invent our world through language. If it really turns you on, you may want to inform your face. There is no right way. A chair is only a chair because we say it's a chair. Mal Pancoast
We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting. Blaise Pascal
Never tell your story to a deaf man.
A hungry stomach has no ears.
No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen.
Give every man your ear, but few thy voice. Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment William Shakespeare