An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown






Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.


Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927-, American psychologist, television and radio personality)


Were we as eloquent as angels we still would please people much more by listening rather than talking.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


It is a rare person who wants to hear want he doesn't want to hear.


Dick Cavett


One who cares is one who listens.


Richard J. Clarke


Listen. Don't explain or justify.


William G. Dyer (American business writer)


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.


Edmond and Jules De Goncourt (1822-1896, French writers)


Only if we can restrain ourselves is good conversation possible. Good talk rises upon much discipline.


John Erskine (1878-1951, American poet, essayist, novelist, musician)


One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other's stories.


Rebecca Falls


Listen to life, and you will hear the voice of life crying, Be!


James Dillet Freeman


The older I grow the more I listen to people who don't talk much.


Germain G. Glien


A person hears only what they understand.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


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 (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


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


I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


When a woman is speaking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.


Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978, American Vice President)


Let others confide in you. It may not help you, but it surely will help them.


Roger G. Imhoff


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 (1895-1986, Indian theosophist)


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 (1895-1986, Indian theosophist)


Listening well and answering well is one of the greatest perfections that can be obtained in conversation.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


I always had one ear offstage, listening for the call from the bookie.


Walter Matthau (1920-, American actor)


No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why.


Mignon McLaughlin (1915-, American author, editor)


The word is half his that speaks, and half his that hears it.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Are you really listening... or are you just waiting for your turn to talk?


Robert Montgomery (1807-1855, American author)


To be listened to is, generally speaking, a nearly unique experience for most people. It is enormously stimulating. It is small wonder that people who have been demanding all their lives to be heard so often fall speechless when confronted with one who gravely agrees to lend an ear. Man clamors for the freedom to express himself and for knowing that he counts. But once offered these conditions, he becomes frightened.


Robert C. Murphy


Every person I work with knows something better than me. My job is to listen long enough to find it and use it.


Jack Nichols


Listen to valuable statements even if they come from your enemy's mouth.


Greek Proverb (Sayings of Greek  origin)


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


Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.


American Indian Proverb (Sayings of American Indian origin)


Listen to all, pluck a feather from every passing goose, but follow no one absolutely.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Listening well is as powerful as talking well, and is also as essential to true conversation.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Two good talkers are not worth one good listener.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Listen to what they say about others, and you will know what they say about you.


Cuban Proverb (Sayings of Cuban origin)


No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen.


Jewish Proverb (Sayings of Jewish origin)


Give every man your ear, but few thy voice. Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

Source: Hamlet


Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and one tongue -- to the end that we should hear and see more than we speak.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


The first duty of love is to listen.


Paul Tillich (1886-1965, German protestant theologian, philosopher)


Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.


Frank Tyger


Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly.


Frank Tyger


A hungry stomach has no ears.


Author Unknown


God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we can hear twice as much as we say.


Author Unknown


Hear much, speak little


Author Unknown


His thoughts were slow. His words were few and never formed to glisten. But he was a joy to all his friends, you should have heard him LISTEN!


Author Unknown


Never tell your story to a deaf man.


Author Unknown


One of the hardest things to do in life is to listen without intent to reply.


Author Unknown


Opportunities are often missed because we are broadcasting when we should be listening.


Author Unknown


The less you talk, the more you're listened to.


Abigail Van Buren (1918-, American advice columnist, "Dear Abby")


There is only one rule to become a good talker; learn how to listen.


Author Unknown


When you are in it up to your ears, keep your mouth shut


Author Unknown


You can judge a good listener by asking the talker at the end of the conversation what the listener's position is on the topic. If the talker doesn't know, then the listener has probably done a good job of listening.


Author Unknown


Skillful listening is the best remedy for loneliness, loquaciousness, and laryngitis.


William A. Ward


A good listener tries to understand what the other person is saying. In the end he may disagree sharply, but because he disagrees, he wants to know exactly what it is he is disagreeing with.


Kenneth A. Wells


To meet at all, one must open one's eyes to another; and there is no true conversation, no matter how many words are spoken, unless the eye, unveiled and listening, opens itself to the other.


Jessamyn West (1903-1984, American author)


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