THE WISDOM OF LISTENING



“She generally gave herself very good advice (though she very seldom followed it).” - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

“Listen to all, plucking a feather from each passing goose, but follow no one absolutely.” - Chinese proverb

“None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When anyone tells me I can't do anything... I'm just not listening any more.” - Florence Griffith Joyner - athlete

“Let your heart guide you.  It whispers, so listen closely.” - The Land Before Time

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You have only to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”         - Mary Oliver, from her poem, “Wild Geese”    

“The world we are experiencing today is the result of our collective consciousness, and if we want a new world, each of us must start taking responsibility for helping create it.” - Rosemary Fillmore Rhea

“Peace is not a relationship of nations.  It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul.  Peace is not merely the absence of war.  It is also a state of mind.  Lasting peace can only come to peaceful people.” - Jawaharlal Nehru - leader of the Indian Independence Movement and first Prime Minister of India

“Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life.  It is not something discovered; it is something molded.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child.  Listen to the don’ts.  Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the wont’s.  Listen to the never haves then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child.  Anything can be.” - Shel Silverstein

“There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the wound of the genuine in yourself.  It is the only true guide you will ever have.  And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.” - Howard Thurman - Theologian

“Listening to both sides of a story will convince you that there is more to a story than both sides.” - Frank Tyger - author

“It is only when we free ourselves of those self-imposed boundaries, when we listen to our hearts and give wing to our natural curiosity, that we can truly see and tap the breadth of opportunity available to us.” - Larry Vanderhosef - UC Davis Chancellor

“There is nothing terribly wrong with feeling lost, so long as that feeling precedes some plan on your part to actually do something about it. Too often a person grows complacent with their disillusionment, perpetually wearing their "discomfort" like a favorite shirt.” - Jhonen Vasquez

“Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen.” - Zen proverb 

“Now I’ve been in therapy for eight years, both individual and group work. I continue to go not because I have problems, but because it enriches me, and I am growing.”    - SARK, Succulent Wild Woman

“None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to the whisper which is heard by him alone.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If I had listened to the critics, I’d have died drunk in the gutter.”  -
Anton Checkov  (When in doubt, listen to your heart.) :)

“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.” - Zen proverb


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