“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 and founder of


“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” Albert Einstein

"An enemy is one whose story we have not heard." - Gene Knudsen Hoffman

“The fool speaks; the wise man listens.” - African Proverb

“Happy the generation where the great listen to the small, for it follows that in such a generation the small will listen to the great - Hebrew proverb

“A wise man listening to a fool will learn more than a foolish man listening to a wise man.” - Anonymous

“History repeats itself because no one listened the first time.” - Anonymous

“To simply stick your fingers in your ears and say, 'No way, I'm not listening,' is to do a disservice to the generations to follow.” - Conrad Bums - US Senator

“It’s a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn’t want to hear.” - Dick Cavett (TV host)

“For in the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” - Baba Dioum

“Freinds are helpful not only because they will listen to us, but because they wi laugh at us. Through them we learn a little objectivity, a little modesty, a litlle courtesy. We learn the rules of life and become better players of the game.” - Will Durant - writer

“I make progress by having people around me who are smarter than I am and listening to them. And I assume that everyone is smarter about something than I am.” - Henry J. Kaiser

“I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening.” - Larry King - broadcaster

“To observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” - Jiddu Krishnamurti - philosopher

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” - Ernest Hemingway - novelist

“People tell kids a lot of things because they don't think they're really listening or they don't think they really know anything. When you're a kid you get a lot of information.” - Macy Gray - musician

“Man’s mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes

“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen. Simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in exstacy at your feet.” - Franz Kafka novelist

“It is the province of knowledge to speak and the privilege of wisdom to listen.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes - physician, writer

“Listening is such a simple act. It requires us to be present, and that takes practice, but we don't have to do anything else. We don't have to advise, or coach, or sound wise. We just have to be willing to sit there and listen.” - Margaret J. Wheatley - author

“In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of a defeat—but in the evolution of real knowledge, it marks the first step in progress toward victory.” - Alfred North Whitehead - mathematician, logician, and philosopher

“It seems to me that very few of us ever do listen. We do not know how to listen. I wonder if you have ever really listened to your child, to your wife or husband, or to a bird? I wonder if you have ever listened to the mind as it watches a sunset, or if you have read a poem with an attitude of listening? If we know how to listen, that very listening is an action in which the miracle of understanding takes place.”
- J. Krishnamurti

"We must face with courage the fact that when we succeed in "hearing a person out,' our own position may become quite modified." - Ralph Nichols, Founding member of the International Listening Association (ILA), Known by the ILA as the "Father of the Field of Listening"