Listening Quotes
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Listening quotes speak of the power of giving others the gift of our undivided attention. We all want to be truly heard and understood. Listening is one of the best gifts we can give another. 

To truly ‘hear’ someone is to be their silent witness. We cannot listen when we a busy thinking of what we are about to say. Practice makes perfect when it comes to listening skills. We are also reminded to pay attention to what is not being said.


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If you want the truth, I'll tell you the truth. Listen to the secret sound, the real sound, which is inside you.
Kabir

If I dare to hear you I will feel you like the sun and grow in your direction.
Mark Nepo

Instructions for life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.
Mary Oliver

I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.
Kahlil Gibran

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Rumi

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
Jimi Hendrix

Hearing is one of the body's five senses. But listening is an art.
Frank Tyger

If you do not listen to your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. Also, you will have betrayed our community in failing to make your contribution to the whole.
Rollo May

If we were meant to talk more than listen, we would have two mouths and one ear.
Mark Twain

The reality of the other person is not in what he reveals to you, but in what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says but rather to what he does not say.
Kahlil Gibran

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.
Krishnamurti

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

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

Listen. Don't explain or justify.
Wayne Dyer

Listen. Make a way for yourself inside yourself. Stop looking in the other way of looking.
Rumi

Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.
J. Isham

Listening is such a simple act. It requires us to be present, and that takes practice, but we don't have to do anything else. We don't have to advise, or coach, or sound wise. We just have to be willing to sit there and listen.
Margaret J. Wheatley

No man ever listened his way out of a job.
Calvin Coolidge

One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of attention.
Jim Rohn

Sit. Be still. And listen…for you are drunk and we are at the edge of the roof.
Rumi

The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.
Richard Moss

To listen is to continually give up all expectation and to give our attention, completely and freshly, to what is before us, not really knowing what we will hear or what that will mean. In the practice of our days, to listen is to lean in, softly, with a willingness to be changed by what we hear.
Mark Nepo

To whatever degree you listen and follow your intuition, you become a creative channel for the higher power of the universe.
Shakti Gawain

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
Epictetus

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.
Doug Larson



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