Listen Quotes

The first duty of love is to listen.

Paul Tillich

We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.


To listen well, is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well, and is as essential to all true conversation

Chinese Proverb

Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth - look at the dying man's struggle at his last extremity, and then tell me whether something that begins and ends thus could be intended for enjoyment.

Soren Kierkegaard

The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them.

Kin Hubbard

We need leaders who will stand up for the little guy and listen once again.

Sarah Palin

What a thing it is to sit absolutely alone, in the forests, at night, cherished by this wonderful, unintelligible, perfectly innocent speech, the most comforting speech in the world, the talk that rain makes by itself all over the bridges, and the talk of the water courses everywhere in the hollows!Nobody started it, nobody is going to stop it. It will talk as long as it wants, this rain. As long as it talks I am going to listen.

Thomas Merton

Under my head till morning; but the rain is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh upon the glass and listen for reply....

Edna St Vincent Millay

Listen, the next revolution is gonna be a revolution of ideas.

Bill Hicks

I may have grown cynical from long service, but this is a tendency I do not like, and I sometimes think I'd rather be a dog and bay at the moon than stay in the Senate another six years and listen to it.

John Sharp Williams

Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.

Robert Fulghum

Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.

Pablo Casals

If you would not have affliction visit you twice, listen at once to what it teaches.


When you listen with empathy to another person, you give that person psychological air.

Stephen R. Covey

By the worldly standards of public life, all scholars in their work are of course oddly virtuous. They do not make wild claims, they do not cheat, they do not try to persuade at any cost, they appeal neither to prejudice nor to authority, they are often frank about their ignorance, their disputes are fairly decorous, they do not confuse what is being argued with race, politics, sex or age, they listen patiently to the young and to the old who both know everything. These are the general virtues of scholarship, and they are peculiarly the virtues of science.

Jacob Bronowski

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