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.
You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind.
Trust in the inexhaustible character of the murmur.
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.
When your heart speaks, take good notes.
Listen to the clues. The next time you feel real joy, stop and think. Pay attention. Because joy is the universe’s way of knocking on your mind’s door. Hello in there. Is anyone home? Can I leave a message? Yes? Good! The message is that you are happy, and that means that you are in touch with your purpose.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
No man ever listened his way out of a job.
Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
Stephen R. Covey
With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing.
Catherine de Hueck Doherty
When you really listen to yourself, you can heal yourself.
I want to remind us all that the world is listening, all the time. How we are ripples out from us into the world and affects others. We have a responsibility – an ability to respond – to the world. Finding our particular way of living this responsibility, of offering who we are to the world, is why we are here. We are called because the world needs us to embody the meaning in our lives. God needs us awake. The world we live in is a co-creation, a manifestation of individual consciousness woven into a collective dream. How we are with each other as individuals, as groups, as nations and tribes, is what shapes that dream.
Oriah Mountain Dreamer
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.
Peter F. Drucker
Listen. Don’t explain or justify.
The heart knows what it wants, and it often makes no sense. Intuition, creativity, and listening are all imperative in creating an inspired life.
Jonathan H. Ellerby
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen to them.
To whatever degree you listen and follow your intuition, you become a creative channel for the higher power of the universe.
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.
If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand, extraordinary things begin to happen.
One person speaking up makes more noise than a thousand people who remain silent.
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.
Listen to me. We're here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise why even be here?
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.
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.
Our world is incomplete until each one of us discovers what moves us - our passion. No other person can hear our calling. We must listen and act on it for ourselves.
Richard J. Leider
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.
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.
The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.
If I dare to hear you I will feel you like the sun and grow in your direction.
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.
Having someone who understands is a great blessing for ourselves. Being someone who understands is a great blessing to others.
Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.
Mary Anne Radmacher
An artist, under pain of oblivion, must have confidence in himself, and listen only to his real master: Nature.
One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of attention.
No more words. Hear only the voice within.
Sometimes you hear a voice through the door calling you. This turning toward what you deeply love saves you.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be understood, as to understand.
Saint Francis of Assisi
And he goes through life, his mouth open, and his mind closed.
The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred.
George Bernard Shaw
Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Some isn’t listening.
It takes two to speak the truth - one to speak, and another to hear.
Henry David Thoreau
The first duty of love is to listen.
If we were meant to talk more than listen, we would have two mouths and one ear.
Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.
Hearing is one of the body's five senses. But listening is an art.
It is the language of nature to which one has to listen.
Vincent van Gogh
To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
Marilyn vos Savant
Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.
William Arthur Ward
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
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