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15 Great Quotes About Listening

Do you have a favorite quote about listening?

Listening is one of the most important practices of servant leadership – maybe the single most important practice.*

So, I keep a list of quotes about listening. I sprinkle them in when I write, speak and do other servant leadership development work.

Let me share some with you.

Here (in alphabetical order by author) are 15 great quotes about listening:

  1. “Listening is being able to be changed by the other person.” – Alan Alda
  1. “People unconsciously know when you are not listening to them. Then they say ‘No’ to you.” – James Altucher
  1. “Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” – Bernard Baruch
  1. “An actor’s a guy who, if you ain’t talking about him, ain’t listening.” – Marlon Brando
  1. “And so I had him thinking of me as a good conversationalist when, in reality, I had been merely a good listener and had encouraged him to talk.” – Dale Carnegie
  1. “Those who are quick in talking are not always quick in listening. Sometimes even their brilliancy produces a sort of stupidity.” – G.K. Chesterton
  1. “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” – Stephen Covey
  1. “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said” – Peter Drucker
  1. “Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.” – Jane Goodall
  1. “Only a true natural servant automatically responds to any problem by listening first.” – Robert K. Greenleaf
  1. “When anyone tells me I can’t do anything… I’m just not listening any more.” – Florence Griffith-Joyner
  1. “You aren’t learning anything when you’re talking.” – Lyndon Johnson
  1. One of the most important elements in teaching, conducting, and performing, all three, is listening. – Itzhak Perlman
  1. “Golf is about knowledge, and studying another player – more than listening to a teacher – is the best way to get it.” – Vijay Singh
  1. “Leaders who refuse to listen will soon find themselves surrounded by people with nothing to say.” – Andy Stanley

And here’s one more, just for fun:

“I’m always relieved when someone is delivering a eulogy and I realize I’m listening to it.” – George Carlin

Do you like any of these quotes in particular? Do you have a favorite quote about listening you would add to the list?

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*  My last two blog posts were about listening. See what you think about “6 Things Listening Communicates” and “5 Ways to Listen Better to Women at Work” 

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