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Bill CosbyAlways end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.

—  Bill Cosby, 1937-, American comedian

Mignon McLaughlinWe hear only half of what is said to us, understand only half of that, believe only half of that, and remember only half of that.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

Friedrich NietzscheAnd those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Mignon McLaughlinWomen are good listeners, but it’s a waste of time telling your troubles to a man unless there’s something specific you want him to do.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

La RochefoucauldOne must listen if one wishes to be listened to.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Jean CocteauThe poet doesn't invent. He listens.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Frank TygerBe a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Frank TygerLearn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Frank TygerHearing is one of the body's five senses. But listening is an art.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Henry David ThoreauThe greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.

—  Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862, American writer

Karl KrausIn one ear and out the other: this would still make the head a transit station. What I hear has to go out the same ear.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Calvin CoolidgeNo man ever listened himself out of a job.

—  Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, American President [1923-1929]

Arthur ClarkeThe universe must be full of voices, calling from star to star in a myriad tongues. One day we shall join that cosmic conversation.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

John WoodenListen if you want to be heard.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

Eugene O’NeillGod gave us mouths that close and ears that don't... that should tell us something.

—  Eugene O’Neill, 1888-1953, American playwright, Nobel 1936

DanteHe listens well who takes notes.

—  Dante, 1265-1321, Italian poet

Zig ZiglarThe key ingredient in family communication is listening, really listening.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

William ShakespeareGive every man thy ear, but few thy voice.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Hamlet

Bible Quotes

Gospel of LukeWhoever has ears to hear, let them hear.

—  Gospel of Luke ‐ 8:8


Ancient Greek

CleobulusBe fond of listening rather than of talking.

Φιλήκοον είναι μάλλον ή πολύλαλον.

—  Cleobulus, 6th cent. BC, Ancient Greek Poet, one of the 7 sages



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