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200 Listening Quotes to Inspire You to Become A Good Listener

Listening is an integral part of every relationship, including the one with ourselves. Listening to others is also a skill. A good listener will listen not only to what is being said, but also to what is left unsaid or only partially said. Someone who listens carefully, attentively, typically imparting support and understanding to others.

When it’s done right, active listening — fully listening to the speaker and providing verbal and non-verbal feedback — can help you to draw people out, avoid misunderstandings, foster collaboration, settle disagreements and gain people’s trust.

Hoping to become a better active listener and communicator? Here are 200 of our favorite quotes about active listening skills to inspire you. These inspirational listening quotes and sayings will help you be a better listener and have better understanding with your friends and family.

Listening Quotes That Express the Importance of Listening

Top 10 Listening Quotes

“When we want to talk, we can instead listen, and let our attentiveness to another’s need to speak be our silent statement.” – Bryant McGill

“When we listen, we hear someone into existence.” – Laurie Buchanan

“When we don’t tell those we love about what’s really going on or listen carefully to what they have to say, we tend to fill in the blanks with stories.” – Sharon Salzberg

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway

“When I was younger, the pressure was just being cool. I never thought of myself as a cool guy. I always thought of myself as more of the goofy guy.” – Paul Walker

“What I find really difficult is making career decisions. Normally it will take me two weeks, until the very last minute and I have to say yes or no. For a couple of weeks, I will tune everyone out who is giving me advice, so that I can make a clear decision on my own and it takes time.” – Paul Walker

“We’re only on the earth for a short period of time. Movies aren’t enough. I want to take my success and parlay it into something bigger and better.” – Paul Walker

“We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.” – Carl Rogers

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” – Malala Yousafzai

“There is as much wisdom in listening as there is in speaking–and that goes for all relationships, not just romantic ones.” – Daniel Dae Kim

If both people and conversation are trying to be interesting, there is no one left to genuinely listen.' JOHN YOKOYAMA, WHEN FISH FLY

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“Listening is the secret to discovering great stories.” – Fyrefly London

“Listening is one of the loudest forms of kindness.”

“Listening is often the only thing needed to help someone.”

“Listening is being able to be changed by the other person.” – Alan Alda

“Listening is an effect. Communication is cause.” – Meir Ezra

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

“Listening is an art that requires attention over talent, spirit over ego, others over self.” – Dean Jackson

“Listening is about being present, not just about being quiet.” – Krista Tippett

“Listening is a magnetic force.” – Karl A. Menninger

“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.” – Karl A. Menninger

“Listening means taking a second to consider what they’re saying, not just hearing their words.”

When we listen we actually give someone a gift-the gift of being heard.

Funny Listening Quotes

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“We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.” – Diogenes

“We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say.” – Zeno of Citium

“Unsuccessful people make their decisions based on their current situations. Successful people make their decisions based on where they want to be.” – Benjamin Hardy

“Truly listening, attentively, and with care, is one of the simplest and most kind gifts we can give anyone.” – John Bruna

“Train your mind to see the good in everything.” – Paul Walker

“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

“There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.” – Rumi

“The worst of all listeners is the man who does nothing but listens.” – Charles Dickens

“The word listen contains the same letters as the word silent.” – Alfred Brendel

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”

“The purest form of listening is to listen without memory or desire.” – Wilfred Bion

“The only thing standing in the way between you and your goal is the story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” – Jordan Belfort

“The older I grow, the more I listen to people who don’t talk much.”

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something. Wilson Mizner

Famous Listening Quotes

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“You can either experience the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The choice is yours.”

“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.”

“Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come.”

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” – Dalai Lama

“When you put good will out there, it’s amazing what can be accomplished.” – Paul Walker

“That’s one thing about Hollywood. People don’t always want what’s real. People always want a little more. So for me, it’s a compromise. Here you go, that hyper-reality.” – Paul Walker

“Talk a little less, listen a little more, and you’ll be a lot wiser.” – Eric Gibbons

“Surfing soothes me, it’s always been a kind of Zen experience for me. The ocean is so magnificent, peaceful, and awesome. The rest of the world disappears for me when I’m on a wave.” – Paul Walker

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele

“Stop and listen. The story is everywhere.” – Thomas Lloyd Qualls

“Spend your leisure time in cultivating an ear attentive to discourse, for in this way you will find that you learn with ease what others have found out with difficulty.” – Isocrates

“It’s amazing what we lose in life by listening to fear, instead of listening to God.” – Joyce Meyer

“It’s a phenomenon that people treat lightly, and it should not be treated lightly. It’s something that is essential to human beings: listening to stories.” – George Guidall

“It takes a great man to be a good listener.” – Calvin Coolidge

“It is only when we take chances, when our lives improve. The initial and the most difficult risk that we need to take is to become honest.” – Walter Anderson

“It is hard to listen while you were talking.” – Rachel Cusk

“In it’s simplest form, communication is talking and listening; however, unless talking and listening are accompanied by honest, loving feedback on the part of the listener, little communication can take place.” – Dr. Gary Chapman

“An appreciative listener is always stimulating.” – Agatha Christie

“Always listen twice first what’s being said then who said it.”

“Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“All wisdom was the result of listening to one’s own soul.” – Paulo Coelho

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

“Above all things, I delight in listening to stories, and sometimes in telling them.” – George Macdonald

“A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to.” – Robert Brault

“‘The Fast’ is tough; it’s not easy. It represents too much to too many people. But that’s what also makes it fun.” – Paul Walker

THE KEY TO LOVING RELATIONSHIPS IS LISTENING TO EACHOTHER WITH COMPASSION.

Active Listening Quotes

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“You need to listen to tour body because you body is listening to you.” – Phil McGraw

“You learn when you listen. You earn when you listen – not just money but respect.” – Harvey Mackay

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” – Peter Drucker

“The most basic of all human needs is to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” – Ralph Nichols

“The intelligent talk and the wise listen.” – Raheel Farooq

“The first duty of love is to listen.” – Paul Tillich

“The earth has music for those who listen.” – William Shakespeare

“The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.” – Woodrow Wilson

“The dream is to have it all. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Live this life, that life, this life, you know? You only live one time – I want to get it all in.” – Paul Walker

“The art of conversation lies in listening.” – Malcolm Forbes

“Listen with your eyes for feelings.” – Stephen Covey

“Listen with your eyes as well as your ears.” – Graham Speechley

“Listen with the will to learn.” – Unarine Ramaru

“Listen with grace, with no judgment, without imposing the law.” – Joseph Prince

“Listen with ears of tolerance.” – Rumi

“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.” – Roy T. Bennett

“Listen with an open heart. Hear with an open mind. Love with open arms.” – Charles F Glassman

“If you play with people who are better than you, then you get better.” – Paul Walker

“If you make listening and observation your occupation, you will gain much more than you can by talk.”

“If you love listening more than talking, you may love more reading more than writing.” – Luigina Sgarro

“If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.” – Agelina Jolie

“If you believe it’ll work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you don’t believe it’ll work out, you’ll see obstacles.” – Wayne Dyer

“If we were supposed to talk more than listen, we would have two tongues and one ear.” – Mark Twain

“If speaking is silver, then listening is gold.” – Turkish Proverb

“I don’t care what it is in life: listen to your heart. If you do, no matter what, you win.” – Paul Walker

“I am going to continue to work hard, but I do not take it too seriously, I just do what feels right and I really want to have a good time.” – Paul Walker

“Honor your relationships by developing listening skills.” – Allan Lokos

“Hearing is listening to what is said. Listening is hearing what isn’t said.” – Simon Sinek

“He who is wise listens.”

“God gave us mouths that close and ears that don’t, that must tell us something.”

“Friends are those rare people who ask how we are, and then wait to hear the answer.” – Ed Cunningham

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

“Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.” – Jane Goodall

“Bravery is the choice to show up and listen to another person, be it a loved one or perceived foe, even when it is uncomfortable, painful, or the last thing you want to do.” – Alaric Hutchinson

“Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going.” – Chantal Sutherland

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Be silent and listen. You will hear the keys to success.” – ATGW

“Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.” – Frank Tyger

“Attitude is attitude, whether you’re a West Coast gangster or East Coast gangster, you know?” – Paul Walker

Sometimes people don't want advice. They need someone to just listen and a heart to understand them.

Not Listening Quotes

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“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington

“If you’re not listening, you’re not learning.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

“I want to have the freedom to do whatever I want.” – Paul Walker

“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

“I only wish I could find an institute that teaches people how to listen. Business people need to listen at least as much as they need to talk. Too many people fail to realize that real communication goes in both directions.” – Lee Iacocca

“I look at people in certain circumstances, and I fall into caretaker mode real quick, real easy. I like to shoulder people up and carry them along, and then I end up creating some kind of dependency. I enable. It’s really, really hard for me.” – Paul Walker

“I live by ‘Go big or go home.’ That’s with everything. It’s like either commit and go for it or don’t do it at all. I apply that to everything. I apply that to relationships, I apply that to like sports, I apply that to everything. That’s what I live by. That’s how I like it.” – Paul Walker

“I listened more than I studied, therefore little by little my knowledge and ability were developed.” – Joseph Haydn

“I knew you talked to books. I didn’t realize they listened.” – Margaret Rogerson

“I have friends that are super talented, that are far more talented than I am in certain areas, but it just doesn’t happen for them. Sometimes you feel guilty for your success because you know people who deserve it way more.” – Paul Walker

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali

If there's any kind of magic in the world it must be in the attempt of understanding someone sharing something.

Deep Listening Quotes

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“You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.” – M. Scott Peck

“You cannot see someone unless you are willing to listen to them.” – Andre Freimann

“You can’t fake listening. It shows.” – Raquel Welch

“You can make positive deposits in your own economy every day by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content and by associating with encouraging and hope-building people.”

“Man’s inability to communicate is a result of his failure to listen effectively.” – Carl Rogers

“Listening well and answering well is one of the greatest perfections that can be obtained in conversation.” – François de La Rochefoucauld

“Listening to others viewpoints may reveal the one thing needed to complete your goals.” – D. Ridgley

“Listening to and understanding our inner sufferings will resolve most of the problems we encounter.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Listen with your mouth closed and your heart open.” – Christine Toda

“Listen with your heart, you will understand.” – Pochahontas

“Don’t quit yet, the worst moments are usually followed by the most beautiful silver linings. You have to stay strong, remember to keep your head up and remain hopeful.”

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” – Mary Kay Ash

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” – Roy T. Bennett

“Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of another person. You can call it compassionate listening. You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart.” – Tich Nhat Hanh

The quieter you become, The more you are able to hear.

Thank You For Listening Quotes

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“To say that a person feels listened to means a lot more than just their ideas get heard. It’s a sign of respect. It makes people feel valued.” – Deborah Tannen

“To learn through listening, practice it naively and actively. Naively means that you listen openly, ready to learn something, as opposed to listening defensively, ready to rebut. Listening actively means you acknowledge what you heard and act accordingly.” – Betsy Sanders

“Those who have a listening heart can hear the song of silence.” – Debasish Mridha

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

“There’s more than one way to tell each other things, and there’s more than one way to listen, too.” – Katherine Hannigan

“There’s a time and place for everything, but as I get older, I like finding those human moments and really connecting. Maybe I’m not as cool as I once was.” – Paul Walker

“There’s a lot of guys that just get comfortable with their positions and rest on their laurels. I had to earn my way.” – Paul Walker

“There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.” – G. K. Chesterton

“There is only one rule for being a good talker – learn to listen.”

“No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen.” – Proverb

“Never miss a good chance to shut up.” – Will Rogers

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

“Never allow your ego to diminish your ability to listen.” – Gary Hopkins

“My philosophy is: If you can’t have fun, there’s no sense in doing it.” – Paul Walker

“My motto is, you have to get in a sport a day.” – Paul Walker

“My mom was always really healthy and cautious about her diet, so I’m not a big sugar guy.” – Paul Walker

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” – Stephen R. Covey

“Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” – Bernard M. Baruch

“Me and my buddies are all like brothers. So it’s okay for us to say ‘I love you’ or whatever. It’s always cool. I think that comes from my dad. That’s just the way he always was.” – Paul Walker

It is one thing to listen to someone when they speak but it is another thing to truly hear what they are saying.

Leadership Listening Quotes

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“You have to make smart decisions, but you never know what will happen in the future.” – Paul Walker

“You have to be willing sometimes to listen to some remarkable bad opinions. Because if you say to someone, ‘That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard; get on out of here!’ — then you’ll never get anything out of that person again, and you might as well have a puppet on a string or a robot.” – John Bryan

“Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people from their experiences, stupid people already have all the answers.” – Socrates

“Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching. And live like it’s heaven on Earth.” – Mark Twain

“People love to talk but hate to listen. Listening is not merely not talking, though even that is beyond most of our powers; it means taking a vigorous, human interest in what is being told us. You can listen like a blank wall or like a splendid auditorium where every sound comes back fuller and richer.” – Alice Duer Miller

“Part of being successful is about asking questions and listening to the answers.” – Anne Burrell

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” – Bryant H. McGill

“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” – The Lion King

“Of all the skills of leadership, listening is the most valuable — and one of the least understood. Most captains of industry listen only sometimes, and they remain ordinary leaders. But a few, the great ones, never stop listening. That’s how they get word before anyone else of unseen problems and opportunities.” – Peter Nulty

“If something is important enough, even if the odds are stacked against you, you should still do it.” – Elon Musk

“If one day speed kills me, do not cry because I was smiling.” – Paul Walker

“I’ve always been one foot in, one foot out of this game because I’m not comfortable with being on the pedestal or the poster. That’s just not who I am. I’m more like the grunt. I want to be the guy behind the guy.” – Paul Walker

“I’m one of those people that think certain things happen at certain times for all the right reasons.” – Paul Walker

“I’m not afraid of anything. That’s just the way I am.” – Paul Walker

“I’m extemely competitive, so when people start counting me out or trying to categorise me, I sorta get hungry.” – Paul Walker

“I’m a doer, and whether it was the tsunami in Sri Lanka or the earthquake in Indonesia, I was always saying, ‘I should be there; I should be helping out.’” – Paul Walker

Listening is an art that requires attention over talent, spirit over ego, others over self. Dean Jackson

The Art Of Listening Quotes

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“You know, all that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae.” – Paul Walker

“You have to master not only the art of listening to your head, you must also master listening to your heart and listening to your gut.” – Carly Fiorina

“Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure.” – Henri Nouwen

“Sometimes the hurdles aren’t really hurdles at all. They’re welcome challenges, tests.” – Paul Walker

“Sometimes shutting up is better than putting up.” – Jeffrey Duarte

“Sometimes people count their chickens before they hatch.” – Paul Walker

“Sometimes all a person wants is an empathetic ear; all he or she needs is to talk it out. Just offering a listening ear and an understanding heart for his or her suffering can be a big comfort.” – Roy T. Bennett

“Listen to your elder’s advice. Not because they are always right, but because they have more experience of being wrong.”

“Listen to the wind, it talks. Listen to the silence, it speaks. Listen to your heart, it knows.” – Native American Proverb

“Listen to a person when they look at you, not just when they’re talking to you.”

“Listen thrice. Think twice. Speak once.”

“Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly.”

“Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.” – Roy T. Bennett

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”

“Just the act of listening means more than you can imagine.” – Bob Nelson

“Just because someone doesn’t respond doesn’t mean they are not Listening.” – Michelle Carithers

“It’s not about working anymore, its about doing work I can be proud of.” – Paul Walker

“For listening to the stories of others … is a kind of water that breaks the fever of our isolation. If we listen closely enough, we are soothed into remembering our common name.” – Mark Nepo

“Everything in writing begins with language. Language begins with listening.” – Jeanette Winterson

“Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be a marine biologist. As you go through the grind and the distraction of a career, it’s easy to lose sight of your dreams.” – Paul Walker

“Emma felt that she could not now show greater kindness than in listening.” – Jane Austen

“Don’t think or judge, just listen.” – Sarah Dessen

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

We were given two ears and one mouth so we could listen twice as much as wespeak.

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What did you learn from these listening quotes?

Being a good listener is more than just allowing the other person to speak and be nearby. You have to take in what the person is saying and sometimes go deeper. The value found in being a good listener is undeniable. Maybe the next time you find yourself in the quiet of nature, you might listen a little differently.

What is your favorite quote about listening? Let me know in the Comments section below. I’ll be listening to you!

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