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[ Also see Ears Echo Listening Senses Sound Voice ]

And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
      - Bible, Mark (ch. IV, v. 9)

The world is dying for want, not of good preaching, but of good hearing.
      - George Dana Boardman, the younger

He ne'er presumed to make an error clearer;--
  In short, there never was a better hearer.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto XIV, st. 37)

One eare it heard, at the other out it went.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
         (bk. IV, l. 435)

Within a bony labrinthean cave,
  Reached by the pulse of the aerial wave,
    This sibyl, sweet, and Mystic Sense is found,
      Muse, that presides o'er all the Powers of Sound.
      - Abraham Coles,
        Man, the Microcosm; and the Cosmos
         (p. 51)

These wickets of the soul are plac'd so high,
  Because all sounds do highly move aloft;
    And that they may not pierce too violently,
      They are delay'd with turns and twinings oft.
        For should the voice directly strike the brain,
          It would astonish and confuse it much;
            Therefore these plaits and folds the sound restrain.
              That it the organ may more gently touch.
      - Sir John Davies

This is the slowest, yet the daintiest sense;
  For ev'n the ears of such as have no skill,
    Perceive a discord, and conceive offence;
      And knowing not what's good, yet find the ill.
      - Sir John Davies

Each mind is pressed, and open every ear, to hear new tidings, though they no way joy us.
      - Edward Fairfax

The public wishes itself to be managed like a woman; one must say nothing to it except what it likes to hear.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

None so deaf as those who will not hear.
      - Matthew (Mathew) Henry, Commentaries
         (Psalm LVIII)

Little pitchers have wide eares.
  [Little pitchers have wide ears.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Who is so deafe, as he that will not hear?
  [Who is so deaf as he that will not hear?]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Went in at the one eare and out at the other.
      - John Heywood, Proverbs (pt. II, ch. IX)

Hear ye not the hum
  Of mighty workings?
      - John Keats (1), Addressed to Haydon
         (sonnet X)

Where did you get that pearly ear?
  God spoke and it came out to hear.
      - George MacDonald,
        Song--At the Back of the North Wind
         (ch. XXXIII)

Many people may listen, but few people actually hear.
      - Harvey MacKay

I was all ear,
  And took in strains that might create a soul
    Under the ribs of death.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 560)

Where more is meant than meets the ear.
      - John Milton, Il Penseroso (l. 120)

Hear me for my cause, and be silent that you may hear.
      - William Shakespeare

Such an exploit have I in hand, Ligarius,
  Had you a healthful ear to hear of it.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Brutus at II, i)

Friends, Romans countrymen, lend me your ears;
  I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Antony at III, ii)

Romans, countrymen, and lovers, hear me for my cause, and be silent, that you may hear.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Brutus at III, ii)

I have often lamented that we cannot close our ears with as much ease as we can our eyes.
      - Sir Richard Steele

They never would hear,
  But turn the deaf ear,
    As a matter they had no concern in.
      - Jonathan Swift, Dingley and Brent

He that has ears to hear, let him stuff them with cotton.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray, Virginians
         (ch. XXXII)

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