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.

Learn to be quiet enough to hear the sound of the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in other people. Marion Wright Edelman
So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it. Jiddu Krishnamurti
What we hear is the quality of our listening. Robert Fripp
I'm glad I understand that while language is a gift, listening is a responsibility. Nikki Giovanni
Listening, not imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery. Joyce Brothers
Man has been given two ears and only one tongue that he might listen twice as much as he speaks. Walter Colton
One of the best ways to demonstrate God's love is to listen to people. Bruce Larsen
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. Simone Weil
Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. Isaiah 55-3
Discourses on subjects above our comprehension... it's like listening to an unknown language. Henry Fielding
Whether the other is an adult or a child, our engagement in listening to who that person is can often be our greatest gift to that person. Whether that person is speaking or playing or dancing, building, or singing or painting, if we care we can do our best to listen. Fred Rogers
Listening and trying to understand the needs of those we would communicate with seems to me to be the essential prerequisite of any real communication. And we might as well aim for real communication. Fred Rogers
I assure you that you can pick up more information when you are listening than when you are talking. E.B. White
Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. They must, they have no other models. James Baldwin
I listen to the stillness of you, / My dear, among it all; / I feel your silence touch my words as I talk, / And take them in thrall. David Herbert
And my soul, attending, / Through my listening ears / In those strains heartrending / Its own history hears — / All too sweet for words, too terrible for tears. Ada Cambridge
Listen to your heart when he's calling for you / Listen to your heart, there's nothing else you can do / I don't know where you're going and I don't know why / But listen to your heart before you tell him goodbye Per Hakan Gessle
Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. Stephen R. Covey
Sometimes all a person wants is an empathetic ear; all he or she needs is to talk it out. Just offering a listening ear and an understanding heart for his or her suffering can be a big comfort. Roy T. Bennett
If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can't survive. Brené Brown
It takes a great man to be a good listener. Calvin Coolidge
Half the time you think your thinking you're actually listening. Terence McKenna