Listening Quotes

We all have this small problem.
We love to talk. We love to give advice and argue. Well, most of us do.
But very few of us want to listen. Some of us love the sound of our voice so much that we forget to listen to others, even the one with whom you are are having a conversation.
Listening skill is a trait of good managers and leaders, and big companies today gives training to their employees on how to become a good listener.
You are lucky. Without so much as a Training, you will hopefully become a good listener after you have gone through our great collection of Listening quotes. Because inspiration is a great way to start learning something, and we do post some inspiring quotes on our website.

So here is our collection of the top listening quotes:

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

To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A good listener is not someone with nothing to say. A good listener is a good talker with a sore throat.
~Katherine Whitehorn

Speak without offending, listen without defending.
~Author Unknown

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
~Marilyn vos Savant
(Observation goes hand in hand with listening, and hence we chose this quote)

Quotes about listening
Big egos have little ears.
~ Robert Schuller

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

Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.
~Epictetus

Let others confide in you. It may not help you, but it surely will help them.
~Roger G Imhoff

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

It is the province of knowledge to speak. And it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.
~Frank Tyger

To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well.
~ John Marshall

You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.
~ M. Scott Peck
(The key to effective listening is to give 100% attention)

Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly.
~Frank Tyger

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.
~Peter F. Drucker
(And also try to listen between the words, observe for cues and signs)

Trust in the inexhaustible character of the murmur.
~Andre Breton
(Keep an attentive ear)

We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting.
~Blaise Pascal

We listened to what our customers wanted and acted on what they said. Good things happen when you pay attention.
~ John F Smith

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
~Joyce Brothers

I guess I’ve spent my life listening to what wasn’t being said.
~Eli Khamarov

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
~Jimi Hendrix

While the right to talk may be the beginning of freedom, the necessity of listening is what makes the right important”
~ Walter Lippmann

An artist, under pain of oblivion, must have confidence in himself, and listen only to his real master: Nature.
~Renoir

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
~ Robert Frost

No man ever listened himself out of a job.
~Calvin Coolidge

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.
~Wilson Mizner

Only if we can restrain ourselves is good conversation possible. Good talk rises upon much discipline.
~John Erskine

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

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an

honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
~ Leo Buscaglia

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

Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.
~ Parker J. Palmer

Listening is more important than talking. Just hit your mark and believe what you say. Just listen to people and react to what they are saying.
~Jimmy Fallon

Children don’t need much advice but they really do need to be listened to and not just with half an ear.
~ Emma Thompson
(Added this because I believe that Children are a great way to learn to listen)

No man would listen to you talk if he didn’t know it was his turn next.
~ Edgar Watson Howe

It’s a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn’t want to hear.
~ Dick Cavett

Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.
~Plutarch

Listening is the only way to entertain some folks.
~ Kin Hubbard

The opposite of talking isn’t listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.
~Fran Lebowitz

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

He listens well who takes notes.
~Dante Alighieri

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

The first duty of love is to listen.
~ Paul Tillich

The best salespeople are great listeners—that’s how you find out what the buyer wants.
~ Larry Wilson and Spencer Johnson

Here are a couple of Funny quotes on listening:

One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody’s listening.
~Franklin P. Jones

A good listener is usually thinking about something else.
~Kin Hubbard

(More Funny Quotes)

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