Are You a Good Listener?

November 27 is National Day of Listening. Remind yourself how important it is to listen to and appreciate those around you with these quotes.

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” –Mother Teresa

“We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say.” –Zeno of Citium

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t being said. The art of reading between the lines is a life long quest of the wise.” –Shannon L. Alder

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

“Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” –Bernard M. Baruch

“There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.” –G.K. Chesterton

“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.” –Brene Brown

“Defensiveness is usually someone silently screaming that they need you to value and respect them in disguise. When you look for deeper meanings behind someone’s pain you can then begin to heal not only yourself, but others.” –Shannon L. Alder

“Part of doing something is listening. We are listening. To the sun. To the stars. To the wind.” –Madeline L’Engle

“The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.” –William Hazlitt

“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” –Ralph G. Nichols

“The word ‘listen’ contains the same letters as the word ‘silent.’” –Alfred Brendel

“Friends are those rare people who ask how we are, and then wait to hear the answer.” –Ed Cunningham

“Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals. (attr to J. Isham)”. –Sura Hart

“The humble listen to their brothers and sisters because they assume they have something to learn. They are open to correction, and they become wiser through it.” –Thomas Dubay

“You can’t fake listening. It shows.” –Raquel Welch

“Whoever is going to listen to the philosophers needs a considerable practice in listening.” -Epicterus

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