"Nature has given men one tongue and two ears, that we may hear twice as much as we speak."
"Being listened to is so close to being loved that most people cannot tell the difference."
“A good listener tries to understand what the other person is saying. In the end he may disagree sharply,
but because he disagrees, he wants to know exactly what it is he is disagreeing with.”
Kenneth A. Wells
"There is no greater loan than a sympathetic ear."
"Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech."
Martin Fraquhar Tupper
"Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.”
"The wise man has long ears and a short tongue."
"Listen and hear not only what you thought you wanted to hear.
Listen and hear what you have to learn."
Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
"Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf."
Native American Proverb
"Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery."
Dr. Joyce Brothers
"You cannot know who is going to bring you your future. You cannot qualify them in
advance by looking at degrees, or experience, or gender or race. You can only listen!"
Joel Barker Future Edge
“No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why."
These quotes originally compiled by Emeritus Professor Art Costa.
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