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Quotes About Listening

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“The word 'listen' contains the same letters as the word 'silent'.”
Alfred Brendel

Kate DiCamillo
“Edward knew what it was like to say over and over again the names of those you had left behind. He knew what it was like to miss someone. And so he listened. And in his listening, his heart opened wide and then wider still. (page 103)”
Kate DiCamillo, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Gustave Flaubert
“I tried to discover, in the rumor of forests and waves, words that other men could not hear, and I pricked up my ears to listen to the revelation of their harmony.”
Gustave Flaubert, November

Chaim Potok
“You can listen to silence, Reuven. I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own. It talks to me sometimes. I feel myself alive in it. It talks. And I can hear it.
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You have to want to listen to it, and then you can hear it. It has a strange, beautiful texture. It doesn't always talk. Sometimes - sometimes it cries, and you can hear the pain of the world in it. It hurts to listen to it then. But you have to.”
Chaim Potok, The Chosen

“The humble listen to their brothers and sisters because they assume they have something to learn. They are open to correction, and they become wiser through it.”
Thomas Dubay

“Being heard
is so close to being loved
that for the average person,
they are almost indistinguishable.”
David Augsburger

Richard Paul Evans
“Sometimes its not the strength but gentleness that cracks the hardest shells.”
Richard Paul Evans, Lost December

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

Madeleine L'Engle
“When the work takes over, then the artist is enabled to get out of the way, not to interfere. When the work takes over, then the artist listens.”
Madeleine L'Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

Banana Yoshimoto
“When someone tells you something big, it's like you're taking money from them, and there's no way it will ever go back to being the way it was. You have to take responsibility for listening.”
Banana Yoshimoto, The Lake

James Patterson
“I never miss a good chance to shut up”
James Patterson, Along Came a Spider

Santosh Kalwar
“A friend asks, "Tell me one word which is significant in any kinds of relationship." Another friend says, "LISTEN!”
Santosh Kalwar, Adventus

S.M. Boyce
“Maybe you’re so good at listening that you have no idea when to speak.” ~Braeden”
S.M. Boyce, Lichgates

Reif Larsen
“I had trouble listening to adults who didn't really mean anything that they said; it was as if their language poured into my ears only to drain right out a little spigot in the back of my head.”
Reif Larsen, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

Jarod Kintz
“I didn’t list listening as one of my skills, probably because I didn’t hear what the interviewer asked.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book Title is Invisible

Peter Kreeft
“An argument in apologetics, when actually used in dialogue, is an extension of the arguer. The arguer's tone, sincerity, care, concern, listening, and respect matter as much as his or her logic - probably more. The world was won for Christ not by arguments but by sanctity: "What you are speaks so loud, I can hardly hear what you say.”
Peter Kreeft, Pocket Handbook of Christian Apologetics

Raquel Welch
“You can't fake listening. It shows.”
Raquel Welch

“When we fear what other people think about us, we are frequently more focused on 'being interesting' and less focused on 'taking an interest.' That's why many people talk a great deal when they are anxious and why many people never feel heard. If both people and conversation are trying to be interesting, there is no one left to genuinely listen.”
John Yokoyama, When Fish Fly: Lessons for Creating a Vital and Energized Workplace from the World Famous Pike Place Fish Market

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Intermittently she caught the gist of his sentences and supplied the rest from her subconscious, as one picks up the striking of a clock in the middle with only the rhythm of the first uncounted strokes lingering in the mind.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is The Night

Katherine Hannigan
“There's more than one way to tell each other things, and there's more than one way to listen, too.”
Katherine Hannigan, Ida B. . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World

Stephen Cosgrove
“You may see all that is around you
But you may feel nothing at all.
So try and close your eyes so tight
And listen to the night time fall.”
Stephen Cosgrove, Kartusch

Jarod Kintz
“Dear cat, your ears are flipped inside out, so I know you’re not listening to a word I’m not saying.”
Jarod Kintz, 99 Cents For Some Nonsense

Shannon L. Alder
“Nothing changes until people decide to do the things they must, in order to bring about peace.”
Shannon L. Alder

Epictetus
“Whoever is going to listen to the philosophers needs a considerable practice in listening.”
Epictetus

Isocrates
“Spend your leisure time in cultivating an ear attentive to discourse, for in this way you will find that you learn with ease what others have found out with difficulty.”
Isocrates

Jennifer Michael Hecht
“Prayer is based on the remote possibility that someone is actually listening; but so is a lot of conversation. If the former seems far-fetcher, consider the latter: even if someone is listening to your story, and really hearing, that person will disappear from existence in the blink of a cosmic eye, so why bother to tell this perhaps illusory and possibly un-listening person something he or she is unlikely to truly understand, just before the two of you blip back out of existence? We like to talk to people who answer us, intelligently if possible, but we do talk without needing response or expecting comprehension. Sometimes, the event is the word, the act of speaking. Once we pull that apart a bit, the action of talking becomes more important than the question of whether the talking is working-because we know, going in, that the talking is not working. That said, one might as well pray.”
Jennifer Michael Hecht, Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson

Jarod Kintz
“I like how cats’ ears can flip inside out. It’s as if they’re saying, Keep talking, human, but I’m not even listening.”
Jarod Kintz, This is the best book I've ever written, and it still sucks

Jarod Kintz
“I have no auditory depth perception. She said, “I love you,” and I couldn’t even tell if she was 300 miles away, or 6 feet below my feet and 300 years away.”
Jarod Kintz, Seriously delirious, but not at all serious

Jarod Kintz
“I heard everything you said, listened to half, and agreed with a quarter. And 12.5% isn’t bad—if you’re collecting that in interest on money you lent out.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book Title is Invisible

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