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We worked on solving the problem of voice communications in a noisy military environment. We established military codes that are highly audible and invented selection tests for personnel who had a superior ability to recognize sound in a noisy background. (M. H. Abrams)

Then I started listenin' a lot to classical composers. Piano works. Just to see what they were doin'. That sort of put me in a different groove to try to blend all that in. (Mose Allison)

When the bird of the heart begins to sing, too often will reason stop up her ears. (Hans Christian Andersen)

To look is to learn, if you listen carefully. (Per Arnold)

Listen long enough and the person will generally come up with an adequate solution. (Mary Kay Ash)

Yet no one hears his own remarks as prose. (W. H. Auden)

Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully. (Richard Bach)

To talk to someone who does not listen is enough to tense the devil. (Pearl Bailey)

Artists develop from listening to themselves, prompted by an intelligent, sensitive questioner. Eventually, that questioner will become internalized. (Marion Barnett)

Learn how to listen as things speak for themselves. (Matsuo Basho)

All we have to do is listen, then take that one step further and trust what we hear. We will be taught what we need to learn. (Melody Beattie)

Good listening works magic... Listen intently intentionally! (Frank Bettger)

If God had wanted us to talk more than listen, He would have given us two mouths rather than two ears. (Kenneth Blanchard)

It seems rather incongruous that in a society of super sophisticated communication, we often suffer from a shortage of listeners. (Erma Bombeck)

-How To Have A Beautiful Mind...
A good listener is very nearly as attractive as a good talker. You cannot have a beautiful mind if you do not know how to listen. (Edward de Bono)

A Sound of Thunder... (Ray Bradbury)

So many words and so few worth listening to... With so much talk, am I the only one longing for a bit of silence...? (Daphne Bramham)

Learn to listen. It's amazing the ideas that pop into your head while people are saying them into your ear. (Robert Brault)

No matter what you do, you're always hearing something. (George Brecht)

The word 'listen' contains the same letters as the word 'silent'. (Alfred Brendel)

It seems at times I should be a composer of sounds, not only of rhythms and colors. Walking under the trees, I felt as if the color made sound. (Charles Burchfield)

You get nothing done if you don't listen to each other. (Barbara Bush)

Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. When we ignore it, it disturbs us. When we listen to it, we find it fascinating. (John Cage)

We imagine that if we had time we would quiet our more shallow selves and listen to a deeper flow of inspiration. Again, this is a myth that lets us off the hook - if I wait for enough time to listen, I don't have to listen now, I don't have to take responsibility for being available to what is trying to bubble up today. (Julia Cameron)

None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone. (Thomas Carlyle)

Talk to someone about themselves and they'll listen for hours. (Dale Carnegie)

The discipline of the writer is to learn to be still and listen to what his subject has to tell him. (Rachel Carson)

It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it. (Pablo Casals)

I don't know what would have happened to me if I hadn't been able to hear. (Ray Charles)

-in ca.1385...
Oon ere it herde, at tother out it wente. [trans. in one ear and out the other] (Geoffrey Chaucer)

The art of conversation lies in listening. (Malcolm de Chazal)

I keep hearing tree talk water words and I keep knowing what they mean. (Lucille Clifton)

Being President is like being the groundskeeper in a cemetery: there are a lot of people under you, but none of them are listening. (Bill Clinton)

I am not so enamoured of my own opinions that I disregard what others may think of them. I am aware that a philosopher's ideas are not subject to the judgment of ordinary persons, because it is his endeavour to seek the truth in all things... (Nicolaus Copernicus)

When I speak of the gifted listener, I am thinking of the nonmusician primarily, of the listener who intends to retain his amateur status. It is the thought of just such a listener that excites the composer in me. (Aaron Copland)

I've been lucky to listen to lots of different types of music. (Elvis Costello)

Listen with your eyes for feelings. (Stephen R. Covey)

Only that in you which is me can hear what I'm saying. (Ram Dass)

We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less. (Diogenes)

Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours. (Benjamin Disraeli)

Listening to instructors, gallery owners, clients, and other artists and remembering what they have said, is a skill we all need. And if you are fully present you will retain all sorts of beneficial information. As we evolve both a personal and spiritual level, our work evolves as well. (Lorna Dockstader)

Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen. (Eight-year-old)

The thunderclap of passion is heard only by the heart ready to listen. (Benita Eisler)

Listening to something is an act of surrender. (Brian Eno)

As soon as I hear a sound, it always suggests a mood to me. (Brian Eno)

Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak. (Epictetus)

So, I warn all of you, don't ever when you are listening... think you understand... because you're listening with your ears and thinking with your vocabulary. The [other's] vocabulary is something entirely different. (Milton H. Erickson)

Sometimes at night I hear the words of the great masters in my head, and sometimes all I hear are the trash trucks and banging cans in the empty city streets... (Eric Frantz)

There once was an owl who sat in an oak, the more it heard, the less it spoke... the less it spoke, the more it heard. (Gentlehawk)

Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again. (Andre Gide)

I'm glad I understand that while language is a gift, listening is a responsibility. (Nikki Giovanni)

Praise does wonders for our sense of hearing. (Arnold H. Glasow)

Gentlemen, listen to me slowly. (Samuel Goldwyn)

I will listen, non-judgmentally. I will hold your dream safely in my heart and help you do the same for yourself. I will support your endeavor, whatever that may be for you right now. (Mary A. Gravelle)

The more faithfully you listen to the voices within you, the better you will hear what is sounding outside. (Dag Hammarskjold)

I listened more than I studied... therefore, little by little, my knowledge and ability were developed. (Joseph Haydn)

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

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. (Hermann Hesse)

Listening is a positive act: you have to put yourself out to do it. (David Hockney)

Lots of people talk to animals... Not very many listen, though... That's the problem. (Benjamin Hoff)

It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen. (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.)

Through the ear, we shall enter the invisibility of things. (Edmond Jabes)

- It Chooses You...
It occurred to me that everyone's story matters to themselves, so the more I listened, the more she wanted to talk. (Miranda July)

The sound of colors is so definite that it would be hard to find anyone who would express bright yellow with base notes, or dark lake with the treble. (Wassily Kandinsky)

Being receptive, being able to listen openly and well, is a crucial skill for creative problem-solving. (Paul Kauffman)

The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft; and gathering swallows twitter in the skies. (John Keats)

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)

Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for – sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive or quiet and calm. (Andre Kostelanetz)

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)

What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our mouths. (Georg Christoph Lichtenberg)

While the right to talk may be the beginning of freedom, the necessity of listening is what makes the right important. (Walter Lippmann)

-Tales of a Wayside Inn
Listen, every one / That listen may, unto a tale / That's merrier than the nightingale. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

I don't comment, I listen... my lines go up to paint my comment and on... (Ashgan Makarem)

Lie down and listen to the crabgrass grow / The faucet leak, and learn to leave them so. (Marya Mannes)

I am very lucky. People like to talk to me and I like to listen. The first draft comes easy after that. (Cindy Matthews)

The receptivity of the artist must never be confused with passivity. Receptivity is the artist's holding him or herself alive and open to hear what being may speak. (Rollo May)

But I like to listen to demos. I like to hear the finished product. It's like listening to a song - I mean, a story. If you're going to sit here and tell me a story, I just like to listen. I don't want to make them up. (Reba McEntire)

You need to listen to your body because your body is listening to you. (Phil McGraw)

No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why. (Mignon McLaughlin)

Stories move in circle. They don't move in straight lines. So it helps if you listen in circles. (Deena Metzger)

I don't listen to that many people. If I did, I probably wouldn't play half as much to satisfy myself. (Charles Mingus)

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while, knows something. (Wilson Mizner)

Listen to them! How wholly infused with God is this one big word of love that we call the world! (John Muir)

I'll talk. You'll listen. (Bruce Nauman)

We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Listening means forgetting yourself completely - only then can you listen. (Osho)

You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time. (M. Scott Peck)

The art of effective listening is essential to clear communication, and clear communication is necessary to management success. (James Cash Penney)

Listen to Everyone. Ideas come from everywhere. (Tom Peters)

The wilderness has profound lessons for us if we will make the effort to slow our pace and be silent and listen; just go into the wilderness and start to listen. (Murray Phillips)

It is no use speaking in soft, gentle tones if everyone else is shouting. (Joseph Priestley)

Did we not hear / The flutter of its wings, and feel it near / And just within our reach? It was. And yet / We lost it in this daily jar and fret. (Adelaide Proctor)

Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf. (American Indian proverb)

Who speaks, sows; Who listens, reaps. (Argentine proverb)

Listening is harder than just acting. Listening is the hardest part. (Brett Ratner)

I am very emotionally affected by sound. Sounds are the inexplicable... There is a sound you hear in your head, it's your nerves, or your blood running. (Lou Reed)

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)

Clean out your ears, don't listen for what you already know. (Rumi)

Silence is an ocean. Speech is a river. When the ocean is searching for you, don't walk into the language-river. Listen to the ocean, and bring your talky business to an end. (Rumi)

The good news is the ear has 30,000 channels to the brain; the bad news is that they're all nonlinear. (M. B. Sachs)

...the voices of our ancestors telling of our glorious past, our culture, and what it means to be an Indian. (Allen Sapp)

Your subconscious protects you. It's all about listening to it. (Nitin Sawhney)

How often have we all come to that crucial point in a painting where it is practically 'begging' us to stop before we ruin it? We have all had that experience and we risk failure, or at the least mediocrity, if we ignore the voice in our art. (Richard Schmid)

Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be. (Shel Silverstein)

Listening is not just hearing what someone tells you word for word. You have to listen with a heart. I don't want that to sound touchy-feely; it is not. It is very hard work. (Anna Deavere Smith)

- as band leader for Thailand's musical elephants...
When you hear the elephant music you're hearing what they mean to make. (David Soldier)

I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound / Everybody look what's going down / ...Nobody's right if everybody's wrong... (Buffalo Springfield)

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

Again and again one can listen: this is my opinion, I think this or that... As if it matters, what one or the other thinks! The point is much more to what the truth is! (Rudolf Steiner)

Most people read poetry listening for echoes because the echoes are familiar to them. They wade through it the way a boy wades through water, feeling with his toes for the bottom: The echoes are the bottom. (Wallace Stevens)

The words are very distinctly formed; but by the bodily ear they are not heard. They are, however, much more clearly understood than they would be if they were heard by the ear. It is impossible not to understand them, whatever resistance we may offer... there is no escape, for in spite of ourselves we must listen... (Saint Teresa of Avila)

It is very important to clear the mind and listen. Then, the hands work on the translation. (Suzanne Ste. Therese)

The first duty of love is to listen. (Paul Tillich)

Rather than listening to music while you paint, listen to the sort of wisdom that can help grow your career. (Cory Trepanier)

Fortune knocks at every man's door once in a life, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and does not hear her. (Mark Twain)

Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly. (Frank Tyger)

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

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. When we really listen to people there is an alternating current, and this recharges us so that we never get tired of each other. We are constantly being re-created. (Brenda Ueland)

History is a conversation and sometimes a shouting match between present and past, though often the voices we most want to hear are barely audible. (Laurel Thatcher Ulrich)

Surely when a man is painting a picture he ought not refuse to hear any man's opinion... Since men are able to form a true judgement as to the works of nature, how much more does it behoove us to admit that they are able to judge our faults. (Leonardo da Vinci)

The ear is the avenue to the heart. (Voltaire)

Sometimes I hear things, like music, as the works are talking to me. Keep on dreaming you old tripper, I say to myself often. (Milos Vujasinovic)

Your ears will always lead you right, but you must know why. (Anton Webern)

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)

There are many benefits to this process of listening. The first is that good listeners are created as people feel listened to. Listening is a reciprocal process - we become more attentive to others if they have attended to us. (Margaret J. Wheatley)

A good listener is not someone who has nothing to say. A good listener is a good talker with a sore throat. (Katherine Whitehorn)

I listened, motionless and still; / And, as I mounted up the hill, / The music in my heart I bore, / Long after it was heard no more. (William Wordsworth)

Listening to the opinions and advice of others can be very helpful and should never be construed as something negative. (Gertjan Zwiggelaar)