144 Effective Listening Quotes for Empowering Communication Skills

The Most Famous Effective Listening Quotes (Best in 2024)

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

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

When individuals feel listened to, they tend to listen to themselves more carefully and to openly evaluate and clarify their own thoughts and feelings. — Chris Voss

Contrary to popular opinion, listening is not a passive activity. It is the most active thing you can do. — Chris Voss

The key ingredient in family communication is listening, really listening. — Zig Ziglar

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

There is only one rule for being a good talker - learn to listen. — Christopher Morley

Listening (the first competence of leadership) is not a skill, it is a discipline. All you have to do is keep your mouth shut. — Peter Drucker

One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears - by listening to them. — Dean Rusk

It takes a great man to be a good listener. — Calvin Coolidge

Short Effective Listening Quotes

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  • Man's inability to communicate is a result of his failure to listen effectively. — Carl Rogers
  • The word 'listen' contains the same letters as the word 'silent.' — Alfred Brendel
  • Our best ideas come from clerks and stockboys. — Sam Walton
  • Give me the gift of a listening heart. — Solomon
  • The goal of effective communication should be for listeners to say, 'Me, too!' versus 'So what?' — Jim Rohn
  • It's a band singing on how metal should be played, the effect it has on the band and its listeners. — Sayings
  • Effective listening is a professional achievement-achieved only through hard work. — Tom Peters
  • Big egos have little ears. — Robert H. Schuller
  • Effective questioning brings insight, which fuels curiosity, which cultivates wisdom. — Chip R. Bell
Effective listening quote A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decis
A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.

Value Of Listening Quotes

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We shall listen, not lecture; learn, not threaten. We will enhance our safety by earning the respect of others and showing respect for them. In short, our foreign policy will rest on the traditional American values of restraint and empathy, not on military might. — Theodore C. Sorensen

The roots of effective leadership lie in simple things, one of which is listening. Listening to someone demonstrates respect; it shows that you value their ideas and are willing to hear them. — John Baldoni

The true wealth of a community is measured by how carefully it listens to its women and how sincerely it values their wisdom. Empowering women empowers us all. — Forest Whitaker

Effective listening quote The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to undrstand. We listen to
The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to undrstand. We listen to reply.

Attentive listening to others is important regardless of their stations and positions. Wise people consider the deep meaning and true values of all suggestions. Learning and teaching are exchanged joyfully through deep listening and mutual appreciation. — Chungliang Al Huang

It is not advisable to venture unsolicited opinions. You should spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your listener. — Ayn Rand

My mother's side of the family is Methodist, which is how I was raised. It was conservative in that I had strong values - sitting down and eating with the family every day, listening to authority and going to church every week and having perfect attendance at Sunday school. — Jonathan Groff

Effective listening quote Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity.
Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity.

Whenever people listen to one another humbly and openly, their shared values and aspirations become all the more apparent. Diversity is no longer seen as a threat, but as a source of enrichment. — Pope Francis

Don't underestimate the value people place on authenticity. Politicians listen to the focus groups and say the things they think people want to hear. But after 30 years of reading consumers, I know that they can smell phonies. — Rochelle B Lazarus

Teamwork represents a set of values that encourage behaviors such as listening and constructively responding to points of view expressed by others, giving others the benefit of the doubt, providing support to those who need it, and recognizing the interests and achievements of others. — John Katzenbach

If you were listening to the hypnotic voice of your Source, you'd be constantly hearing the drum beating that says, 'You are loved, and you are worthy, and you are valued and life is supposed to be good for you. You are worthy, you are valued, you are loved and life is supposed to be good for you.' — Esther Hicks

Listening Power Quotes

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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

In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure no one listens. — Judith Lewis Herman

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Music expresses that which cannot be put into words. — Victor Hugo

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Too often we underestimate the power of a touch. — Leo Buscaglia

Your presence is the most precious gift you can give to another human being. — Marshall B. Rosenberg

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. — Zig Ziglar

There is a still small voice telling us what is right, and if we listen to that still small voice we shall grow and increase in strength and power, in testimony and in ability not only to live the gospel but to inspire others to do so. — Heber J. Grant

If a man has enough power, he can speak softly and everyone will listen — Jake Roberts

Everyone starts out with nobody listening to them and nobody to listen to. How and who you add determines what Twitter will become for you. — Laura Fitton

People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for. — Harper Lee

Active Listening Quotes

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Writing is like praying, because you stop all other activities, descend into silence, and listen patiently to the depths of your soul, waiting for true words to come. When they do, you thank God because you know the words are a gift, and you write them down as honestly and cleanly as you can. — Helen Prejean

Of all human activities, man's listening to God is the supreme act of his reasoning and will. — Pope Paul VI

I remember thinking how often we look, but never see ... we listen, but never hear ... we exist, but never feel. We take our relationships for granted. A house is only a place. It has no life of its own. It needs human voices, activity and laughter to come alive. — Erma Bombeck

Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions. — Eckhart Tolle

The artist's life is to be where life is, active life, found in neither ivory tower nor concrete shelter; he must be out listening to everything, looking at everything, and thinking it all out afterward. — Sean O'Casey

I enjoy listening to classical music and heavy metal. I play basketball and try to go diving at least once a year. I don't really have hobbies in the traditional sense... I engage in too many activities already through the actions of my characters. — Alan Dean Foster

Live an active life among people who are doing worthwhile things, keep eyes and ears and mind and heart open to absorb truth, and then tell of the things you know, as if you know them. The world will listen, for the world loves nothing so much as real life. — Dale Carnegie

Sexual activity is driven by the same aims and motives as reading poetry or listening to music: to escape the limitations imposed by the need for particularity in the consciousness. — Colin Wilson

The same areas which are active in listening to music are also active when you imagine music, and this includes the motor areas, too. That explains why earlier, even though I was only thinking of the mazurka, I was thinking in terms of movement. — Oliver Sacks

Listening is a very active awareness of the coming together of at least two lives. Listening, as far as I'm concerned, is certainly a prerequisite of love. One of the most essential ways of saying 'I love you' is being a receptive listener. — Fred Rogers

Listening And Hearing Quotes

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There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls. — Howard Thurman

average human “looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, inhales without awareness of odour or fragrance, and talks without thinking. — Leonardo da Vinci

If you lower the ambient noise of your life and listen expectantly for those whispers of God, your ears will hear them. And when you follow their lead, your world will be rocked. — Bill Hybels

In wilderness people can find the silence and the solitude and the noncivilized surroundings that can connect them once again to their evolutionary heritage, and through an experience of the eternal mystery, can give them a sense of the sacredness of all creation. — Sigurd F. Olson

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, Just like the ones I used to know, Where the tree tops glisten And children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow. — Irving Berlin

People hear you on the level you speak to them from. Speak from your heart, and they will hear with theirs. — Marianne Williamson

There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God; those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it. — Brother Lawrence

It is one thing to record an album but it's a huge difference when people play it and listen to it and embrace it the way that I do. It has always been my dream to get my music out to the world and have people hear it. — Rihanna

Listen closely to your invisible thoughts. What do you hear? What are your words implying? That is their potency. What do you want? Name it and rearrange the structure of your mind to imply you no longer desire it, because you already have it! — Neville Goddard

I tried to discover, in the rumor of forests and waves, words that other men could not hear, and I pricked up my ears to listen to the revelation of their harmony. — Gustave Flaubert

Good Listener Quotes

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A good dancer is one who listens to the musicWe dance the music not the steps. Anyone who aspires to dance never thinks about what he is going to do. What he cares about is that he follows the music. You see, we are painters. We paint the music with our feet. — Carlos Gavito

There are six stages to knowledge: Firstly: Asking questions in a good manner. Secondly: Remaining quiet and listening attentively. Thirdly: Understanding well. Fourthly: Memorising. Fifthly: Teaching. Sixthly- and it is its fruit: Acting upon the knowledge and keeping to its limits. — Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya

Someone else's vision will never be as good as your own vision of your self. Live and die with it 'cause in the end it's all you have. Lose it and you lose yourself and everything else. I should have listened to myself. — Georgia O'Keeffe

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. — James Baldwin

You have to stop listening in categories. The music is either good or it's bad. — Duke Ellington

People aren't very good listeners, by nature. Part of being a good communicator is recognizing and understanding that and trying to make the complex simple. I try to capture a concept, an idea or a moment in a few words. If they remember it, job done. — Mike Tomlin

Live like Jesus did, and the world will listen. — Mahatma Gandhi

Have good trust in yourself, not in the One that you think you should be, but in the One that you are. — Taizan Maezumi

It's good to be selfish. But not so self-centered that you never listen to other people. Hugh Hefner LegacyHugh Hefner

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

Learn To Listen Quotes

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Learn to be silent. Let your quiet mind listen and absorb. — Pythagoras

If we really want to pray we must first learn to listen, for in the silence of the heart God speaks. — T. S. Eliot

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Learn to see, listen, and think for yourself. — Malcolm X

What you have been taught by listening to others' words you will forget very quickly; what you have learned with your whole body you will remember for the rest of your life. — Gichin Funakoshi

Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things. — Dogen

Listen more to the one who criticizes you and less to the one who praises you. Learn from them and do something about it. — Paul Kagame

There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you'd better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you'll never understand what it's saying. — Sarah Dessen

Therefore, faithful Christian, seek the truth, listen to the truth, learn the truth, love the truth, tell the truth, learn the truth, defend the truth even to death. — Jan Hus

Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn. — Alice Miller

Your body is constantly communicating with you, learn to listen to it. — Eric Berg

Listening Is A Skill Quotes

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Listening well is more than a matter of talking less. It’s a set of skills in asking and responding. — Adam Grant

Technology is a compulsive and addictive way to live. Verbal communication cannot be lost because of a lack of skill. The ability to listen and learn is key to mastering the art of communication. If you dont use your verbal skills and networking, it will disappear rapidly. Use technology wisely. — Rick Pitino

The most skillful flattery is to let a person talk on, and be a listener. — Joseph Addison

Love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is the fruit of love, the verb. So love her. Sacrifice. Listen to her. Empathize. Appreciate. Affirm her. — Stephen Covey

Being receptive, being able to listen openly and well, is a crucial skill for creative problem-solving. — Paul A. Kaufman

Nonviolent Communication is a powerful tool for peace and partnership. It shows us how to listen empathically and also communicate our authentic feelings and needs. Marshall Rosenberg has a genius for developing and teaching practical skills urgently needed for a less violent, more caring world. — Riane Eisler

Acquiring the habit of note-taking is therefore a wonderfully complementary skill to that of listening. — Richard Branson

Your best thing for you to do is learn how to listen and follow positive guidelines which is a skill and to be determined and consistent and you're going to go places in life not only whether you sing but you're getting a basic finish background to do anything you want to do in life. — Maxine Powell

The chamber music repertoire is so vast that if one is genuinely curious about music, the art of listening, understanding and responding to a score, the elementary skills and requirements of chamber works are easily applicable to that of any solo playing. — Wu Han

Sitting down for dinner not only helps you learn, but also teaches you how to listen - which I feel is the most important skill to have. I remember as a kid going around the table listening to everyone's day. It was hard to have the manners not to interrupt back then. — Michael Symon

Bad Listener Quotes

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My dear heart, never think you are better than others. Listen to their sorrows with compassion. If you want peace, don't harbor bad thoughts, do not gossip and don't teach what you do not know. — Rumi

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Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly. — Plutarch

You can put down a bad book; you can avoid listening to bad music; but you cannot miss the ugly tower block opposite your house. — Renzo Piano

I look at you, angel, and I want you so badly. I want to be with you, listen to you, talk to you. I want to hear you laugh and hold you when you cry. I want to sit next to you, breathe the same air, share the same life. I want to wake up to you like this every day forever. I want you. — Sylvia Day

Being honest, if I had a daughter I wouldn't want her listening to a Nicki Minaj CD until she was a certain age. Even when I meet my fans and they tell me they are 12, I cringe a little. I always say, 'Listen. I don't want you saying the bad words, put school first.' — Nicki Minaj

Those bad times are important. They give you a chance to practice, listen, take stock, have a life, get your feet back on the ground, and maybe you'll live to tell the story. — Levon Helm

Effective listening is more than simply avoiding the bad habit of interrupting others while they are speaking or finishing their sentences. It's being content to listen to the entire thought of someone rather than waiting impatiently for your chance to respond. — Richard Carlson

Selflessness is like waiting in a hospital In a badly-fitting suit on a cold wet morning. Selfishness is like listening to good jazz With drinks for further orders and a huge fire. — Philip Larkin

There is no bad day that can’t be overcome by listening to a barbershop quartet. This is just truth, plain and simple. — Aldous Huxley

I hope the fans have enjoyed listening as much as I've enjoyed doing the games. I don't ever go to the park where I don't have a good day. I don't like losing. But I don't think I ever go to the park where I have a bad day. I don't think once. — Bob Uecker

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More Effective Listening Quotes

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Listen carefully, my child, to your master's precepts, and incline the ear of your heart. Receive willingly and carry out effectively your loving father's advice, that by the labor of obedience you may return to Him from whom you had departed by the sloth of disobedience. — Benedict of Nursia

The key to success is to get out into the store and listen to what the associates have to say. It's terribly important for everyone to get involved. Our best ideas come from clerks and stockboys. — Sam Walton

Listening is the cheapest, yet most effective concession we can make to get there. By listening intensely, a negotiator demonstrates empathy and shows a sincere desire to better understand what the other side is experiencing. — Chris Voss

You can listen to what people say, sure. But you will be far more effective if you listen to what people do. — Seth Godin

The best way to deal with excessive thinking is to just listen to it, to listen to the mind. Listening is much more effective than trying to stop thought or cut it off. — Ajahn Amaro

The number one way a man can succeed in fulfilling a woman's primary love needs is through communication. By learning to listen to a woman's feelings, a man can effectively shower a woman with caring, understanding, respect, devotion, validation, and reassurance. — John Gray

Listen, my friend! Your helplessness is your best prayer. It calls from your heart to the heart of God with greater effect than all your uttered pleas. He hears it from the very moment that you are seized with helplessness, and He becomes actively engaged at once in hearing and answering the prayer of your helplessness. — Ole Hallesby

Not the violent conflict between parts of the truth, but the quiet suppression of half of it, is the formidable evil; there is always hope when people are forced to listen to both sides; it is when they attend to only one that errors harden into prejudices, and truth itself ceases to have the effect of truth, by being exaggerated into falsehood. — John Stuart Mill

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

Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn't listening. — Emma Thompson

If you are selective about the things you choose to read, look at or listen to, then you are taking effective action against negative thinking. It's just like with a computer; if you change the input, you will change the output. — Zig Ziglar

In my opinion, being an effective leader requires being an effective listener. The most productive leaders are usually those who are consistently willing to listen and learn. — John Wooden

Presidents, leaders, to be effective have to represent the whole to the parts and to the world outside. They may live in the centre but they must not be the centre. To reinforce the common sense they must be a constant teacher, ever travelling, ever talking, ever listening, the chief missionary of the common cause. — Charles Handy

Rock musicians, and a vast array of popular-music musicians, due to their wealth, acquired through the mass of their notoriety, are able to be listened to and heard and thus are able to effect change on an international level. — Bill Dixon

[The Great Migration] had such an effect on almost every aspect of our lives - from the music that we listen to to the politics of our country to the ways the cities even look and feel. — Isabel Wilkerson

If sound is music and came from silence, then silence is potentially greater than sound. If the sound is effective, it should actually have a chemical - some sort of physiological - effect on the listener, so he doesn't have to hear that sound again. — Keith Jarrett

I used to listen to Judy Garland all the time - I love Judy Garland and her music. But I started to realize that if you keep singing like that, singing songs of being victimized by love over and over and over again, it can't help but have a profound effect on your life. — Diane Keaton

Working with women survivors of war has taught me that we need to listen to women's perspectives on war in order to understand how to effectively rebuild a country, a community and a family. — Zainab Salbi

The most important thing for the conductor is that he or she listens. Her listening will make things sound a certain way. If the conductor listens well, the musicians listen each other better. The conductor can in effect impose a certain kind of listening for everybody. — Laurence Equilbey

We should listen less to the opinions of those who either overtly promote or stubbornly reject complementary and alternative medicine without acceptable evidence. The many patients who use complementary and alternative medicine deserve better. Patients and healthcare providers need to know which forms are safe and effective. Its future should (and hopefully will) be determined by unbiased scientific evaluation. — Edzard Ernst

I believe one of the requirements of good leadership is the ability to listen - really listen - to those in your organization. An effective leader is very good at listening, and it's difficult to listen when you are talking. — John Wooden

If you don't listen deeply, the connection won't take place.... [You have to be] willing to be changed by the person you're listening to, where you're not just waiting for a pause so you can say your thing, but you're actually letting them have an effect on you if they can. — Alan Alda

I would urge a young player to listen to Charlie Christians' sense of time ... I'll never forget listening to my father (Bucky Pizzarelli) and Tal Farlow playing Christians' 'Solo Flight' backstage at a gig... that's when it hit me how big of an effect Christian had on jazz guitar. 'Solo Flight' was like the gospel. — John Pizzarelli

Your ability to move others into appropriate, timely, and effective action is largely determined by the consequences of your speaking and listening. — Suzanne Mayo Frindt

Music is something that always lifts my spirits and makes me happy, and when I make music I always hope it will have the same effect on whoever listens to it. — Aaron Carter

Some scientists believe climate change is the cause of unprecedented melting of the North Pole, and that effects these very uncertain weather patterns. I think we should listen to those scientists and experts. — Dalai Lama

I find that jazz loosens up the deep place of my mind, lets me find my own strange rhythms. Generally, I find the knottier the jazz, the better. Anything with singing is a distraction. Listening to classical music tends to have the unconscious effect of making my writing too smooth. — Paul Lynch

Personally, I think that my father's ministry does have some effect on one. I perhaps thought I wasn't listening that well, but I could almost recite his sermons. He had the old-fashioned preaching style of chanting. He would explain a point and then there would be this pitch to excite the audience because people would eventually shout and respond to what he was saying. — David C. Driskell

I'm not sure leaders listen enough, especially to their people. And I've always thought in everything I've tried to do in my life, in the jobs I've had, is that if we can turn our transmitters off and our receivers on more often, we're better leaders and we know more of what is going on and therefore we can lead more effectively. — Chuck Hagel

When you take a child who's hollering like hell, sit him on your knee, and say "once upon a time", you stop him hollering. As long as you go on telling him a story, he will listen. Novelists who neglect this fundamental effect do so at their peril. They become what is known as the experimental novelist, and an experimental novel is not really a novel at all. — William Golding

Where we really effect change, in terms of creating a passionate work force, is by listening to kids early. — Phil Keoghan

I think it's worth trying to do something about obvious sources of stress in your life. But even more important is learning and practicing methods to neutralize the harmful effects of stress on the body and mind. There are many possibilities, anything from meditation and yoga to listening to relaxing music. My personal favorite is simple breathing techniques - they're very effective, take very little time, and they're free. — Andrew Weil

When I first got interested in comics at the time I was studying architecture and I discovered comics as a medium through listening to Art who was courting me by reading me Little Nemo and Krazy Kat by George Herriman. It was really very effective. — Francoise Mouly

The Domino Effect could stand for anything. It could be just the simple game of the domino rocks falling off one after another, all kinds of decision we make that come back to our face. For example take an anorexic model that stops eating until she dies, or the bombs that a are thrown in a war and the effect they have on people, or even something simple as listening to a record that you like until you get bored of it and leave it in your shelf. — Leo Lionni

Growing up in a family that listened to almost nothing but classical music had its effects, as well. "California Über Alles," the first Dead Kennedys single, was inspired musically more by Japanese Kabuki than anything else. — Jello Biafra

In Conclusion

The beauty of effective listening quotes lies in their simplicity and profundity. Reading these quotes can spark an internal dialogue, encourage self-reflection, and even promote personal growth. They remind us that good listening is a skill, one that can be developed and honed over time. Can you imagine how much stronger your relationships could be if you improved your listening skills? Quotations about good listening inspire us to be better, to do better, to listen better. So, delve into the world of effective listening quotes and let them inspire you to become a better listener.

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