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Listening Quotes

18 of the best book quotes about listening
  1. #1
    “His ear heard more than was said to him, and his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought.”
  2. #2
    “Now for every one there should be some one to whom one can speak frankly, for all the valor that one could have one becomes very alone.”
  3. #3
    “Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.”
  4. #4
    If you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it?
  5. #5
    “Listen to many, speak to a few.”
  6. #6
    “When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen.”
  7. #7
    “I just kind of listen and nod because Patrick needs to talk.”
  8. #8
    “Scenes of blood and cruelty are shocking to our ear and heart. What man has nerve to do, man has not nerve to hear.”
  9. #9
    On Christmas eve, many years ago, I lay quietly in my bed. I did not rustle the sheets. I breathed slowly and silently. I was listening for a sound—a sound a friend had told me I’d never hear—the ringing bells of Santa’s sleigh.
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  1. #10
    “If you tell stories, you like nothing so much as to tell them to people who want to listen.”
  2. #11
    “Nobody listens any more. I can’t talk to the walls because they’re yelling at me. I can’t talk to my wife; she listens to the walls. I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough, it’ll make sense. And I want you to teach me to understand what I read.”
  3. #12
    “I’d say thistles, but nobody listens to me, anyway.”
  4. #13
    “So, listen, to yourself and to those with whom you are speaking. Your wisdom then consists not of the knowledge you already have, but the continual search for knowledge, which is the highest form of wisdom.”
  5. #14
    “You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.”
  6. #15
    “We’ll pass the books on to our children, by word of mouth, and let our children wait, in turn, on the other people. A lot will be lost that way, of course. But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up under them. It can’t last.”
  7. #16
    “At length, when the excitement subsided a little, I was able to say a few words with a chance of being listened to. “I am truly thankful to see you all safe and well, and, thank God, our expedition has been very satisfactory.”
  8. #17
    “Hold fast to your beliefs and others will listen.”
  9. #18
    “I don’t want a grown-up person at all. A grownup won’t listen to me; he won’t learn. He will try to do things his own way and not mine. So I have to have a child. I want a good sensible loving child, one to whom I can tell all my most precious candy-making secrets-while I am still alive.”
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