WHY LISTEN?
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“No one ever said in divorce court, ‘She always listened to me,’ or ‘He tried to understand.’ Children who act out and endanger themselves don’t say, ‘Everyone was listening.’” - Linda Eve Diamond (author of "The Beauty of Listening" and founder of www.ListenersUnite.com)

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“A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us.  To live is to slowly be born.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - author

“Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.” - Mark Twain - author, satirist

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

“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. When we really listen to people there is an alternating current, and this recharges us so that we never get tired of each other. We are constantly being re-created.” - Brenda Ueland - author

“You can't fake listening. It shows.” - Raquel Welch -actress


“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 - author
“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen.” - Ralph Nichols, “The Father of the Field of Listening”

“If you want to be listened to, you should put in time listening.” - Marge Piercy - author

“Listening to what people were saying wasn't even important. But it was important to look as if you were listening to what people were saying. Actually, listening to what people are saying, to me, interferes with looking as if you were listening to what people are saying.”  - Errol Morris, Film Director   
 
 “When you stop learning, stop listening, stop looking and asking questions, always new questions, then it is time to die.” - Lillian Smith - novelist

“No siren did ever so charm the ear of the listener as the listening ear has charmed the soul of the siren.” - Henry Taylor - author

"He who does not know how to be silent will not know how to speak.” -
Ausonius

“The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.” - Richard Moss

 
“Bore, n.: A person who talks when you wish him to listen.” Ambrose Bierce - The Devil’s Dictionary

 
“When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.” - Buddha
                       
“It takes two to speak the truth—one to speak and another to hear. - Henry David Thoreau *

* Thoreau “Quoted?” by Homer J. Simpson: “Marge, it takes two to lie—one to lie and one to listen.” ;)

“We believe that, at times, everybody needs a good listener.” - Mabel F. Barth, founder of The Listening Post


“Nowadays most men lead lives of noisy desperation.” - James Thurber

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” - John Lubbock

“So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it.” - Jiddu Krishnamurti - philosopher


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