Here are 83 of the best listening quotes I could find. What’s my goal? To inspire you and help you be a better listener. You’ll discover authors like Einstein, Buddha, and more. Enjoy!
There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing. G. K. Chesterton
Takeaway: When you listen, you care. When you hear, you don’t.
The word listen contains the same letters as the word silent. Alfred Brendel
Takeaway: To truly listen, one must be calm and silent.
The quieter you become, the more you can hear. Ram Dass
Takeaway: Wise people are calm and serene so it’s easy for them to listen.
It is greed to do all the talking and never to listen. Democritus
Takeaway: Talking is about you. Listening is about the other.
Hearing is listening to what’s said. Listening is hearing what isn’t said. Simon Sinek (Source)
Takeaway: True listening leads to understanding.
When someone else is talking, stop thinking of things to say. Dan Go (Source)
Takeaway: A sign of wisdom: when you listen, you listen.
We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say. Zeno of Citium
Takeaway: There’s enough noise in the world. Learn to listen more.
Listening to my son is one of the most important skill I can teach him. Maxime Lagacé
Takeaway: By listening to someone, you show generosity and care, and the world needs that.
These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them. Rumi
Takeaway: The first person you should listen to? Yourself.
Listening never gets you in trouble but talking can. Mike Tyson (Source)
Takeaway: Listening is simple, beautiful, and risk-free. Talking is not.
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. Ernest Hemingway
Takeaway: You can’t learn by talking. Only by listening and observing.
If he who listens listens fully, then he who listens becomes he who understands. Ptahhotep
Takeaway: You can’t understand if you don’t give your full attention.
Examine what is said, not who speaks. Arab proverb
Takeaway: To learn something, listen and focus on the message, the meaning.
One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say. Bryant H. McGill
Takeaway: Want to show you care? Give space to other people.
Life gets better when you listen, to yourself, and to others. Maxime Lagacé
Takeaway: You can’t hear your soul if you keep listening to society’s noise.
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More Quotes About Listening
Listen more than you talk. Give more than you take. Love more than you fear. Maxime Lagacé
Listeners need to be heard too. Unknown
Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you. Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you. Unknown
Be the friend who listens without judging. Orange Book
Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words. Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart, Amazon book)
It is not the hearing that improves life, but the listening. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
A person hears only what they understand. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If you’re not listening, you’re not learning. Lyndon B. Johnson
Listening is what you do when you have love in your heart. Maxime Lagacé
Everybody wants to be heard, nobody wants to listen. Unknown
Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say. Andy Stanley
Don’t feel bad if sometimes you don’t have much to say. Most people say too much. Thibaut
Listening is more than being quiet while the other person speaks until you can say what you have to say. Krista Tippett
In moments where we are unsure what to say, simply listening and being present can mean the world. John Cena
More often than not, listening is the best help you can give. Thibaut
The secret to being instantly likable: listen. Matthew Kobach
Listen as if you’re wrong. Sahil Lavingia
Great leaders know that listening to others is much more important than asserting their authority. Quiet your thoughts and listen to others with an open mind. John Wooden
Listening well and answering well is one of the greatest perfections that can be obtained in conversation. François de La Rochefoucauld
The fool talks. The wise listens. Maxime Lagacé
A good listener is one who helps us overhear ourselves. Yahia Lababidi
The smarter you get, the more you listen. Thibaut
The best way to be a good conversationalist is to let the other person do most of the talking. Matthew Kobach
The worst of all listeners is the man who does nothing but listen. Charles Dickens
The most precious gift you can give someone is the gift of your time and attention. Nicky Gumbel
If we can be present to the moment with the person that we happen to be with at the moment, that’s what’s important. Fred Rogers
Listening is the simplest way to validate others. Just listen. Thibaut
Only when you’re calm, silent, peaceful, can you truly listen. Maxime Lagacé
Charismatic people all share this one trait: They make you feel like you’re the only person who matters when you’re talking to them. Matthew Kobach
The good listener: someone who has learnt how to find bits of themselves in the experiences of others. Alain de Botton
Meditation is turning off society and listening to yourself. Naval Ravikant
Listening benefits the listener. Ptahhotep
Listening is not a reaction, it is a connection. Listening to a conversation or a story, we don’t so much respond as join in — become part of the action. Ursula K. Le Guin
You can think, or you can listen. You cannot do both. James Pierce
Many seek to refute before they seek to understand. James Pierce
Listening is the beginning of prayer. Mother Teresa
Those who know their worth don’t need to prove it to others. They simply observe, listen, do. Maxime Lagacé
If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet…maybe we could understand something. Federico Fellini
Praying is talking to the Universe. Meditation is listening to it. Paulo Coelho (Source)
Deep listening is an act of surrender. We risk being changed by what we hear. Valarie Kaur
Show up, work hard, and listen. That’s it. Tim Grover
Practice really hearing what people say. Do your best to get inside their minds. Marcus Aurelius
There’s no place where deep listening and loving speech are inappropriate. Thich Nhat Hanh
When you know how to listen everyone is the guru. Ram Dass
The art of listening comes from a quiet mind and an open heart. Ram Dass
Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say. Paulo Coelho
God gave us mouths that close and ears that don’t – that should tell us something. Paulo Coelho
Sometimes, it is better to be kind than to be right. Not an intelligent mind that speaks, but a patient heart that listens. Paulo Coelho
Listening does not mean waiting for your turn to talk. Preethi Kasireddy
Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again. André Gide (Autumn Leaves, Amazon book)
Listening and encouragement. These things cost little to give and are often priceless to the recipient. Some people have never encountered a single person who genuinely wanted the best for them. The Stoic Emperor
People are interesting if you allow them to be. A routine social interaction is only a couple good questions away from something deeply involving. People reveal their complexity when you give them your full attention. Your interest gives them permission to be interesting. The Stoic Emperor
Usually, what we call a “good listener” is someone with a skillfully polished indifference. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes, Amazon book)
I’ve come to understand that listening is one of the most important things we can do for one another… if we care, we can listen. Fred Rogers
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Listening is where love begins: listening to ourselves and then to our neighbors. Fred Rogers
When you listen to people too much, you lose your own voice. Gary Goodridge (Source)
A sign of wisdom: you don’t care to listen more than you talk. Maxime Lagacé
I need to listen well so that I hear what is not said. Thuli Madonsela
To listen is one of the most difficult things to do because what one hears, one interprets; one either agrees or disagrees. Jiddu Krishnamurti
Listening is learning. Because when you listen silently, the whole existence starts speaking with you. Osho
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
Normalize: listening to people express how they feel without giving advice, trying to change it, or attempting to fix it. Dr. Nicole LePera (Source)
If someone is not humble enough to listen, they are not worth listening to. The Ancient Sage
To listen is very hard, because it asks of us so much interior stability that we no longer need to prove ourselves by speeches, arguments, statements. True listeners no longer have an inner need to make their presence known. They are free to receive, welcome, and accept. Henri Nouwen
Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. Stephen R. Covey
There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse. John Locke
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The humble are the greatest. They see others as equals. They love. They give. They listen. Maxime Lagacé
- Listening is a sign of respect, humility, and curiosity.
- Stop pretending you’re listening. Stop preparing what you want to say. Listen!
- The benefits of listening?
- You learn more
- You make people feel better
- You make the world a better place
- How to be a better listener?
- Learn to relax
- Learn patience
- Ignore distractions
- Learn to tame your mind (with meditation for example)
- Listening is the art of creating space for people
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Do you listen or talk more? What’s your favorite listening quote? And remember: words can transform your life, if you find the right ones.