Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
Lenin could listen so intently that he exhausted the speaker.
Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.
~Native American Indian Proverb
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
The young people who come to me in the hope of hearing me utter a few memorable maxims are quite disappointed. Aphorisms are not my forte, I say nothing but banalities.... I listen to them and they go away delighted.
I tell you everything that is really nothing, and nothing of what is everything, do not be fooled by what I am saying. Please listen carefully and try to hear what I am not saying.
~Charles C. Finn
No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
Home is where you can say anything you like cause nobody listens to you anyway.
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.
~Peter F. Drucker
If animals could talk, the world would lose its best listeners.
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
My wife says I never listen to her. At least I think that's what she said.
The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.
~Thich Nhat Hanh
Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
Lots of people talk to animals.... Not very many listen, though.... That's the problem.
~Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh
The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.
I guess I've spent my life listening to what wasn't being said.
~Eli Khamarov, America Explained!
Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
No one is listening until you fart.
Women like silent men. They think they're listening.
~Marcel Achard, Quote, 4 November 1956