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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The Quotable Listener - great quotes on the power of not talking


The Quiet Art of Sshhh...utting Up  

A selection of inspirational quotations on the power of not talking may seem to be a strange choice considering The Quotable Listener is an oxymoron ... and that is just the point that these thought-provoking quotes are trying to make.

So don't talk, listen to what these people are saying ...

"Listening is like a torch that dispels the darkness of ignorance."
Dalai Lama

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

"The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said."
Peter F. Drucker

"We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak."

"It's only through listening that you learn, and I never want to stop learning."
Drew Barrymore

"Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him."
Simone Weil

"Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery."
Joyce Brothers

"There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for. And questions are the breath of life for a conversation."
James Nathan Miller

"It is the province of knowledge to speak And it is the privilege of wisdom to listen."
Oliver Wendell Holmes

"A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something."
Wilson Mizner

"You need to listen to your body because your body is listening to you."
Dr. Phil McGraw

"One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody's listening."
Franklin P. Jones

"Everything in writing begins with language. Language begins with listening."
Jeanette Winterson

"The subconscious is ceaselessly murmuring, and it is by listening to these murmurs that one hears the truth."
Gaston Bachelard

"The first duty of love is to listen."
Paul Tillich

"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk."
Doug Larson

"The opposite of talking is not listening. The opposite of talking is waiting."
Fran Lebowitz
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