Listening Quotes (56) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Definition of Listening. Active listening is a communication technique that requires the listener to feed back what they hear to the speaker, by way of re-stating or paraphrasing what they have heard in their own words, to confirm what they have heard and moreover, to confirm the understanding of both parties. The ability to listen actively demonstrates sincerity, and that nothing is being assumed or taken for granted. Active listening is most often used to improve personal relationships, reduce misunderstanding and conflicts, strengthen cooperation, and foster understanding. It is proactive, accountable and professional.


I want to remind us all that the world is listening, all the time. How we are ripples out from us into the world and affects others. We have a responsibility – an ability to respond – to the world. Finding our particular way of living this responsibility, of offering who we are to the world, is why we are here. We are called because the world needs us to embody the meaning in our lives. God needs us awake. The world we live in is a co-creation, a manifestation of individual consciousness woven into a collective dream. How we are with each other as individuals, as groups, as nations and tribes, is what shapes that dream.
~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” 
~ Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. 
~ Ernest Hemingway 

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 

Listening moves us closer, it helps us become more whole, more healthy, more holy. Not listening creates fragmentation, and fragmentation is the root of all suffering. 
~ Margaret J. Wheatley 

You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind.
~ Sai Baba

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
~ Leo Buscaglia

When your heart speaks, take good notes.
~ Judith Campbell

Listen to the clues. The next time you feel real joy, stop and think. Pay attention. Because joy is the universe’s way of knocking on your mind’s door. Hello in there. Is anyone home? Can I leave a message? Yes? Good! The message is that you are happy, and that means that you are in touch with your purpose.
~ Steve Chandler

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

No man ever listened his way out of a job.
~ Calvin Coolidge

Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
~ Stephen R. Covey

With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing.
~ Catherine de Hueck Doherty

When you really listen to yourself, you can heal yourself.
~ Ceanne Derohan

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

Listen. Don’t explain or justify.
~ Wayne Dyer

The heart knows what it wants, and it often makes no sense. Intuition, creativity, and listening are all imperative in creating an inspired life.
~ Jonathan H. Ellerby

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

Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
~ Robert Fulghum

Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen to them.
~ Shakti Gawain

To whatever degree you listen and follow your intuition, you become a creative channel for the higher power of the universe.
~ Shakti Gawain

The reality of the other person is not in what he reveals to you, but in what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says but rather to what he does not say.
~ Kahlil Gibran

If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand, extraordinary things begin to happen.
~ Loretta Gizartis

One person speaking up makes more noise than a thousand people who remain silent.
~ Thom Harnett

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
~ Ernest Hemingway

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
~ Jimi Hendrix

Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.
~ J. Isham

Listen to me. We're here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise why even be here?
~ Steve Jobs

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.
~ Krishnamurti

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

Our world is incomplete until each one of us discovers what moves us - our passion. No other person can hear our calling. We must listen and act on it for ourselves.
~ Richard J. Leider

Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
~ C.S. Lewis

If you do not listen to your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. Also, you will have betrayed our community in failing to make your contribution to the whole.
~ Rollo May

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

If I dare to hear you I will feel you like the sun and grow in your direction.
~ Mark Nepo

To listen is to continually give up all expectation and to give our attention, completely and freshly, to what is before us, not really knowing what we will hear or what that will mean. In the practice of our days, to listen is to lean in, softly, with a willingness to be changed by what we hear.
~ Mark Nepo

Having someone who understands is a great blessing for ourselves. Being someone who understands is a great blessing to others.
~ Janette Oke

Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.
~ Mary Anne Radmacher

An artist, under pain of oblivion, must have confidence in himself, and listen only to his real master: Nature.
~ Renoir

One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of attention.
~ Jim Rohn

No more words. Hear only the voice within.
~ Rumi

Sometimes you hear a voice through the door calling you. This turning toward what you deeply love saves you.
~ Rumi

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
~ Rumi

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be understood, as to understand.
~ Saint Francis of Assisi

And he goes through life, his mouth open, and his mind closed.
~ William Shakespeare

The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred.
~ George Bernard Shaw

Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Some isn’t listening.
~ Emma Thompson

It takes two to speak the truth - one to speak, and another to hear.
~ Henry David Thoreau

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

If we were meant to talk more than listen, we would have two mouths and one ear.
~ Mark Twain

Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.
~ Frank Tyger

Hearing is one of the body's five senses. But listening is an art.
~ Frank Tyger

It is the language of nature to which one has to listen.
~ Vincent van Gogh

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
~ Marilyn vos Savant

Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.
~ William Arthur Ward

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

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