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83 Best Listening Quotes To Help You Listen Better

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If you are looking for an incredible selection of listening quotes you’re in the right place.

These quotes about listening will help you to become better at listening to others.

It’s important to take the time to listen others and these listening quotes will inspire you to listen more to others every day.

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Right, lets jump into this list of listening quotes.

Top 10 Listening Quotes

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

Winston Churchill

Listen thrice. Think twice. Speak once.


If you make listening and observation your occupation, you will gain much more than you can by talk.

Robert Baden Powell

Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.

L. J. Isham

Every person I work with knows something better than me. My job is to listen long enough to find it and use it.

Jack Nichols

Listening to others viewpoints may reveal the one thing needed to complete your goals.

D. Ridgley

Listening is about being present, not just about being quiet.

Krista Tippett

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Will Rogers

For most of my life I’ve been a listener. At least in the beginning, I think the reason I listened so intently was to have a chance of hearing the train before it ran over me.

Steve Rasnic Tem

Talking more than necessary is a barrier to effective communication and effective listening.

Clodagh Marie Swanson

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More Listening Quotes

Be silent and listen. You will hear the keys to success. ATGW

The word listen contains the same letters as the word silent.

Alfred Brendel

Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly. Anonymous

Listening is a positive act: you have to put yourself out to do it. David Hockney

One friend, one person who is truly understanding, who takes the trouble to listen to us as we consider a problem, can change our whole outlook on the world. Dr. E. H. Mayo

To listen with an open mind and heart is an invaluable skill that takes time and effort to develop.

Allan Lokos

Listen with the will to learn. Unarine Ramaru

It’s only through listening that you learn, and I never want to stop learning. Drew Barrymore

True wisdom listens more, talks less, and can get along with all types of people. Kiana Tom

You learn when you listen. You earn when you listen – not just money but respect.

Harvey Mackay

Never allow your ego to diminish your ability to listen. Gary Hopkins

I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention. Diane Sawyer

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. Socrates

Listening is often the only thing needed to help someone.


Everything in writing begins with language. Language begins with listening. Jeanette Winterson

The art of conversation lies in listening. Malcolm Forbes

I’m a very strong believer in listening and learning from others. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears, by listening to them.

Dean Rusk

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk. Doug Larson

Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn’t listening. Emma Thompson

To learn through listening, practice it naively and actively. Naively means that you listen openly, ready to learn something, as opposed to listening defensively, ready to rebut. Listening actively means you acknowledge what you heard and act accordingly. Betsy Sanders

There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.

G. K. Chesterton

You can’t fake listening. It shows. Raquel Welch

There is as much wisdom in listening as there is in speakingand that goes for all relationships, not just romantic ones. Daniel Dae Kim

The most basic of all human needs is to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them. Ralph Nichols

There is only one rule for being a good talker – learn to listen.


If we’re ready to listen, the obstacles we face can be life’s way of pushing us in the right direction. Mark Black

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

The earth has music for those who listen. William Shakespeare

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

Listening is an art that requires attention over talent, spirit over ego, others over self. Dean Jackson

If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive. Brené Brown

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

An appreciative listener is always stimulating.

Agatha Christie

The first duty of love is to listen. Paul Tillich

I think the only way for you to grow and evolve is to keep listening, keep moving forward, keep jumping in and trying to experience. Dianne Reeves

You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time. M. Scott Peck

The art of effective listening is essential to clear communication, and clear communication is necessary to management success.

James Cash Penney

He who is wise listens. Anonymous

Listen to the good. Tune your ears to love, hope and courage. Tune out gossip, fear and resentment. Wilfred Peterson

Listening is one of the loudest forms of kindness. Anonymous

Listening is being able to be changed by the other person.

Alan Alda

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said Peter Drucker

It is easy to ask the question and not really listen to the answer. Listening is crucial. Brenda Nathan

When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new. Dalai Lama

Deep Listening Quotes

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. Jiddu Krishnamurti

In addition to comforting, you can also help in another way, by listening.

Robbie Miller Kaplan

Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time. George W. Bush

I listened more than I studied, therefore little by little my knowledge and ability were developed. Joseph Haydn

Most people in the world don’t really use their brains to think. And people who don’t think are the ones who don’t listen to others. Haruki Murakami

God gave us mouths that close and ears that don’t, that must tell us something.


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. Karl A. Menniger

One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say. Bryant H. McGill

No siren did ever so charm the ear of the listener as the listening ear has charmed the soul of the siren. Henry Taylor

Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.

Jane Goodall

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. Stephen R. Covey

A man learns nothing when he talks; he learns by listening. Marquis de Sade

I believe that one should listen first. Listening builds rapport and trust. Unless you build that trust with listening, not much else is going to happen. John Savage

Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of another person. You can call it compassionate listening. You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart.

Tich Nhat Hanh

To say that a person feels listened to means a lot more than just their ideas get heard. It’s a sign of respect. It makes people feel valued. Deborah Tannen

Just the act of listening means more than you can imagine. Bob Nelson

Listen to your elder’s advice. Not because they are always right, but because they have more experience of being wrong. Anonymous

Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.

Bernard Baruch

No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen. Proverb

You see pain with your eyes, but you sympathize with your ears. Sometimes the greatest way to serve someone is just by listening. Behind every need is a story. Rick Warren

The gift of listening makes people want to speak with you. This gift means that you listen and not barge in with your own thoughts. Catherine Pulsifer

Friends are those rare people who ask how we are, and then wait to hear the answer.

Ed Cunningham

The quieter you become, the more you can hear. Anonymous

Listening is a magnetic force. Karl A. Menninger

The worst of all listeners is the man who does nothing but listens. Charles Dickens

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would have rather talked.

Mark Twain

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something. Wilson Mizner

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen. Ernest Hemingway

To Sum Up

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There are lots to motivate you to listen better every day.

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