65 Best Listening Quotes On Success In Life

These Listening quotes will inspire you.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, knowledgeable, and encouraging listening quotes, listening sayings, and listening proverbs.

Inspirational Listening Quotes

  1. “I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
  2. “Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.” ~ Doug Larson
  3. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia
  4. “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” ~ Stephen Covey

  5. “We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.” ~ Carl Rogers
  6. “With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing.” ~ Catherine Doherty
  7. “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” ~ Jimi Hendrix
  8. “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” ~ Robert Fulghum

  9. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Winston Churchill
  10. “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
  11. “The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.” ~ Woodrow Wilson , Leadership listening quotes
  12. “We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.” ~ Diogenes
  13. “One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” ~ Bryant H. McGill

  14. “The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention” ~ Richard Moss
  15. “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
  16. “All things and all people, so to speak, call on us with small or loud voices. They want us to listen. They want us to understand their intrinsic claims, their justice of being. But we can give it to them only through the love that listens.” ~ Paul Tillich
  17. “Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.” ~ Plutarch

  18. “Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.” ~ Nancy Lopez , Listening quotes inner voice
  19. “A person hears only what they understand.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  20. “The first duty of love is to listen.” ~ Paul Tillich
  21. “One who cares is one who listens.” ~ J. Richard Clarke

  22. “Be a good listener…It makes the person who’s speaking to you feel loved, cared for, and worthy of being heard.” ~ Wayne Dyer
  23. “It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
  24. “The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.” ~ Rachel Naomi Remen , Listening quotes power
  25. “I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.” ~ Larry King
  26. “Good listeners, like precious gems, are to be treasured.” ~ Walter Anderson

  27. “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” ~ Epictetus
  28. “Hear much; speak little.” ~ Bias of Priene
  29. “It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
  30. “Listen with your heart, you will understand.” ~ Pocahontas
  31. “Before you speak, listen.” ~ William Arthur Ward

  32. “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” ~ Stephen Covey
  33. “It takes a great man to be a good listener.” ~ Calvin Coolidge
  34. “If animals could talk, the world would lose its best listeners.” ~ Robert Breault
  35. “Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” ~ Bernard Baruch
  36. “Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” ~ Shel Silverstein

  37. “A good leader leads from the front. Don’t get stuck in the office. Get out, meet people and listen to their stories.” ~ Richard Branson
  38. “Passion is listening.” ~ Rahul Gandhi
  39. “Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.” ~ Nelson Mandela
  40. “I’ve had so many people tell me that they are shocked that AM radio still even exists with all the different listening options.” ~ Rush Limbaugh
  41. “The word ‘listen’ contains the same letters as the word ‘silent.'” ~ Alfred Brendel

  42. “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
  43. “One of the best ways to persuade others is by listening to them.” ~ Dean Rusk
  44. “The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
  45. “Silence is a sounding thing, To one who listens hungrily” ~ Gwendolyn B. Bennett

  46. “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 N. Miller
  47. “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” ~ James A. Baldwin
  48. “Being receptive, being able to listen openly and well, is a crucial skill for creative problem-solving.” ~ Paul A. Kaufman
  49. “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” ~ Robert Frost

  50. “You learn when you listen. You earn when you listen – not just money, but respect.” ~ Harvey Mackay
  51. “We never listen when we are eager to speak.” ~ Louise von Francois
  52. “Good listening works magic… Listen intently intentionally!” ~ Frank Bettger
  53. “Listening to both sides does not necessarily bring about a correct judgment.” ~ Donald Rumsfeld

  54. “Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn.” ~ Alice Miller
  55. “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” ~ C. S. Lewis
  56. “To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common – this is my symphony.” ~ William Ellery Channing
  57. “Clean out your ears, don’t listen for what you already know.” ~ Rumi

  58. “The silence of prayer is the silence of listening.” ~ Elizabeth O’Connor
  59. “Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.” ~ George Washington Carver
  60. “There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.” ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton , Listening quotes & hearing
  61. “One of my patients told me that when she tried to tell her story people often interrupted her to tell her that they once had something just like that happen to them. Subtly her pain became a story about themselves. Eventually, she stopped talking to most people. It was just too lonely. We connect through listening. When we interrupt what someone is saying to let them know that we understand, we move the focus of attention to ourselves. When we listen, they know we care. Many people with cancer talk about the relief of having someone just listen.” ~ Rachel Naomi Remen
  62. “Yet no one hears his own remarks as prose.” ~ W. H. Auden

  63. “The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft; and gathering swallows twitter in the skies.” ~ John Keats
  64. “When I speak of the gifted listener, I am thinking of the nonmusician primarily, of the listener who intends to retain his amateur status. It is the thought of just such a listener that excites the composer in me.” ~ Aaron Copland
  65. “Again and again one can listen: this is my opinion, I think this or that… As if it matters, what one or the other thinks! The point is much more to what the truth is!” ~ Rudolf Steiner

Summary: Effective Listening, in today’s high-tech, high-speed, high-stress world, communication is more important than ever, yet we seem to devote less and less time to really listening to one another. Genuine listening has become a rare gift—the gift of time.

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