37 Quotes to Become a Better Listener


Listening is Not the Same as Hearing. Hearing refers to the sounds that you hear, whereas listening requires more than that: it requires focus. Listening means paying attention not only to the story, but how it is told, the use of language and voice, and how the other person uses his or her body.

Listening is so important that many top employers provide listening skills training for their employees.  This is not surprising when you consider that good listening skills can lead to: better customer satisfaction, greater productivity with fewer mistakes, increased sharing of information that in turn can lead to more creative and innovative work.

Many successful leaders and entrepreneurs credit their success to effective listening skills. Richard Branson frequently quotes listening as one of the main factors behind the success of Virgin.

“The word LISTEN contains the same letters as the word SILENT.” –Alfred Brendel

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” –Ernest Hemingway

“If speaking is silver, then listening is gold.” -Turkish Proverb

“Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening.”  -Lisa M. Hayes

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

“Sometimes the most influential thing we can do is listen.” –Bob Burg

“The first duty of love is to listen.” –Paul Tillich

“There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.” –Rumi

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

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.” –Harper Lee

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” -Jimi Hendrix

“It takes a great man to be a good listener.” –Calvin Coolidge

“Listening is being able to be changed by the other person.” –Alan Alda

“Whoever answers before listening is both foolish and shameful.” -Proverbs 18:13

“One of the greatest skills any leader can master is becoming comfortable with silence.” -David Grossman

“The art of conversation lies in listening.” -Malcom Forbes

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

“Listen like every sentence matters; talk like every word counts.” –Geoffrey Tumlin

“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.” -E. H. Mayo

“God speaks to us every day only we don’t know how to listen.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“Big egos have little ears.” -Robert Schuller

“A leader must be a good listener. He must be willing to take counsel. He must show a genuine concern and love for those under his stewardship.” –James Faust


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