Listening Quotes

It is only by closing the ears of the soul, or by listening too intently to the clamors of the sense, that we become oblivious of their utterances.
– Alexander Crummell

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There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for. And questions are the breath of life for a conversation.
– James Nathan Miller

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The wise old owl lived in an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard: Why can’t we all be like that bird?
– Edward H. Richards

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If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
– A. A. Milne

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There are people who, instead of listening to what is being said to them, are already listening to what they are going to say themselves.
— Albert Guinon

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I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.
— Larry King

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I have learned as much about writing about my people by listening to blues and jazz and spirituals as I have by reading novels.
– Ernest J. Gaines

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The way to stay fresh is you never stop traveling, you never stop listening. You never stop asking people what they think.
— Rene McPherson

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Lots of people talk to animals…. Not very many listen, though…. That’s the problem.
– Benjamin Hoff

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We do not grow by knowing all of the answers, but rather by living with the questions.
— Max Pree

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Effective questioning brings insight, which fuels curiosity, which cultivates wisdom.
— Chip Bell

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