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"Take heed how ye hear" is a genuine monition touching happy relations--a real injunction under the law of love. Let us not think it applies only to the way we hear sermons. How do you listen to the conversation of your friends? With half-parted lips ready to break in with your own opinions? With the wandering eye of one evidently uninterested? Is this the love that helps another to be his best? Do you like to be well listened to? Mind, then, the give and take of love, and be a good listener, and for truth's sake as well as love's.
- Maltbie Davenport Babcock
To talk to someone who does not listen is enough to tense the devil.
- Pearl Bailey
But yet she listen'd--'tis enough--
Who listens once will listen twice;
Her heart, be sure, is not of ice,
And one refusal no rebuff.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
Mazeppa (st. 6)
It's a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn't want to hear.
- Dick Cavett
He holds him with his glittering eye--
. . . .
And listens like a three years' child.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
The Ancient Mariner (pt. I, st. 4),
last line claimed by Wordsworth
No one ever listened himself out of a job.
- Calvin Coolidge
Nature has given to men one tongue, but two ears, that we may hear from others twice as much as we speak.
It takes a great man to make a good listener.
- Sir Arthur Helps
He ceas'd; but left so pleasing on their ear
His voice, that list'ning still they seem'd to hear.
- Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")
Remember there's always a voice saying the right thing to you somewhere if you'll only listen for it.
- Thomas Hughes
Listen, every one
That listen may, unto a tale
That's merrier than the nightingale.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
Tales of a Wayside Inn (pt. III,),
The Sicilian's Tale--Interlude Before the Monk of Casal-Maggiore
Society speaks and all men listen, mountains speak and wise men listen.
- John Muir
It you want to be listened to, you should put in time listening.
- Marge Piercy
Know how to listen, and you'll profit even from those who talk badly.
Take care what you say before a wall, as you cannot tell who may be behind it.
- Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)
In listening mood she seemed to stand,
The guardian Naiad of the strand.
- Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
(canto I, st. 17)
And this cuff was but to knock at your ear, and beseech listening.
- William Shakespeare
And therefore 'tis called a sensible tale, and this cuff was but to knock at your ear, and beseech listening.
- William Shakespeare,
The Taming of the Shrew
(Grumio at IV, i)
Let me listen to me and not to them.
- Gertrude Stein
No siren did ever so charm the ear of the listener as the listening ear has charmed the soul of the siren.
- Sir Henry Taylor (2)
And he goes through life, his mouth open, and his mind closed.
- Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)