Listening Quotes

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to respond.”  Steven Covey

“People don’t listen, they just wait for their turn to talk.”  Chuck Palahniuk

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say”  Bryant H. McGill 2014

“One of the simplest paths to deep change is for the less powerful to speak as much as they listen and for the more powerful to listen as much as they speak.”  Gloria Steinem in My Life on the Road

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

“If you aren’t listening, you aren’t learning.”  Lyndon Baines Johnson

What good is free speech if no one is listening?

Freedom of speech doesn’t matter if no one is listening

Conversations not Killing:  Let’s Talk about Peace and Solutions to Problems

Let’s talk!  I’ll listen?

Talk is cheap—being listened to is priceless.

Have you listened to someone today?

Quotes from Dr. Graham Bodie, Louisiana State University

It’s no wonder we are all fascinated with talking.  Our language is stricken by a focus on the speaker:

  •   We have keynote speakers but no keynote listeners.
  •   We say “We need to talk” but never utter “We need to listen.”
  •   We have the freedom of speech but no right to be heard.
  •   People can have a voice on an issue or topic, but where is the attention to who is listening and how listening can be effectively accomplished?
  •  You may say, ‘I have something to say” but never “I have a desire to listen”
  •   Someone tells you “I have to tell you something” but do you respond “I would love to listen to you”?
  •  Let the story be told, sure, but what about let the story be listened to?
  •  We think before we speak, but why don’t we also think before we listen?