Listening Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old listening quotes, listening sayings, and listening proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Much silence makes a powerful noise. African Proverb
Man who know little say much. Man who know much say little. unknown
Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much. Robert Greenleaf
Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals. J. Isham
There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for. And questions are the breath of life for a conversation. James Nathan Miller
A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird? Chinese Proverbs
Listening to both sides does not necessarily bring about a correct judgment. Donald Rumsfeld
And he goes through life, his mouth open, and his mind closed. William Shakespeare
The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention. Richard Moss
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer. Henry David Thoreau
There are people who, instead of listening to what is being said to them, are already listening to what they are going to say themselves. Albert Guinon
Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly. Plutarch
It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen. Oliver Wendell Holmes
No man ever listened himself out of a job. Calvin Coolidge
My parents taught me how to listen to everybody before I made up my own mind. When you listen, you learn. You absorb like a sponge-and your life becomes so much better than when you are just trying to be listened to all the time. Steven Spielberg
No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen. Yiddish Proverb
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said. Peter Drucker
Only if we can restrain ourselves is good conversation possible. Good talk rises upon much discipline. John Erskine
One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other's stories. Rebecca Falls
One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other's stories. Roger G. Imhoff
By listening, a leader assumes the humble position. Don't confuse this with weakness or defeat. Randall Huntsberry
Listen with marvelous awe as if you were an astronaut observing this lovely sphere from outer space. Randall Huntsberry
When you are listening, others cannot refute what you aren't saying. Randall Huntsberry
Put away what is in your head and listen to what is actually happening. Randall Huntsberry
Listen, for your tongue makes you deaf. Native American Saying
It would be better to listen to other people in order to become enlightened rather than to speak so as to shine in front of them, Madame de Sable
And listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too, have their story. Max Ehrmann
Give your ears, hear the sayings, / Give your heart to understand them; / It profits to put them in your heart. Amenemope
When you seem to be listening to my words, they seem to be your words, with me listening. Antonio Porchia
By far, the most important form of attention we can give our loved one is listening...True listening is love in action. M. Scott Peck