is to pay attention and closely hear what others have to say.


“No man ever listened himself out of a job.”

Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933); 30th US President

“Listen with an open heart and an open mind to those who love you the most. You may hear a grain of truth that will later become the foundation of your entire belief system. ”

Callie Khouri (born 1957); Screenwriter; Academy Award winner

“The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention. ”

Richard Moss author

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

Dr. Joyce [Diane Bauer] Brothers (born 1929); psychologist, author

“When we talk about understanding, surely it takes place only when the mind listens completely -- the mind being your heart, your nerves, your ears- when you give your whole attention to it.”

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986); writer, speaker

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

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961); novelist, Nobel Prize winner

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said. ”

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005); professor, writer, management consultant

“The first duty of love is to listen.”

Paul Tillich (1886-1965); theologian, philosopher

“It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894); writer, physician

“Listening to people keeps them entertained.”

Mason Cooley (1927-2002); U.S. Aphorist

“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.”

Dr. Karl Augustus Menninger (1893-1990); psychiatrist

“We have two ears and only one tongue in order that we may hear more and speak less. ”

Diogenes Laertius biographer of the Greek philosophers

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.”

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005); professor, writer, management consultant

“To meet at all, one must open ones 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 (1902-1984); author

“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.”

Henri Matisse (1869-1954); printmaker, sculptor, painter

“Great ideas...come into the world as gently as doves...if we listen attentively, we shall hear, amid the uproar...a faint flutter of wings, the gentle stirring of life and hope. ”

Albert Camus (1913-1960); author and philosopher

“Every person in this life has something to teach me--and as soon as I accept that, I open myself to truly listening.”

Catherine Doucette

“Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind.”

Lewis Thomas (born 1913); physician, educator

“Much unhappiness comes from walking alone. When there are several, it's somewhat different. I must get into the habit of listening to others, for what the others say concerns me, too.”

Alfred Döblin (1878-1957); German expressionist novelist

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

Robert Frost (1874-1963); poet

“Listen not merely to what is said but to the tone of voice in which it is said.”

Chinese Proverb

“Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself. ”

Oprah Winfrey (born 1954); American television host, publisher

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Nicole 7 months ago from Newark DE

Listening is a way to show you care about a person.
Steven B. 7 months ago from Seattle, Washington

Doing what's right is not always easy.
Dan 7 months ago from Amesbury, MA

Love ,Listen ,Laugh ,And Live
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