Listening Sayings & Proverbs

Sayings to inspire your listening journey

A good listener is a silent flatterer.


Hear my children the instruction of a father, and give attention to know understanding.

– Proverbs 4:1

A good listener is not someone with nothing to say. Listen twice before you speak once.

– Scottish Proverb

He who answers a matter before he hears it, Is folly and shame to him.

– Proverbs 18:13

Examine what is said, not him who speaks.

– Arab proverb

Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
That you may be wise in your latter days.

– Proverbs 19:20

History repeats itself because no one listens the first time.


He that speaks, sows;
He that hears, reaps.
When no one is willing to listen to you. THINK.

– Anonymous

If you listen you will hear
if you look, you will see,
If you touch you will feel
If you try you will be.

– Anonymous

Being listened to and heard is one of the greatest desires of the human heart.

– Richard Carlson

If you can’t hear you will feel.

– Caribbean Proverb

To appear wise, one must talk;
To be wise, one must listen.

– Anonymous

Some people are easily entertained.
All you have to do is sit and listen to them.

– Anonymous

When we talk we learn what we already know,
When we listen, we have a chance to learn something new.

– Lyman Steil
(Founder, International Listening Association)

No one ever listened themselves out of a job.

– Calvin Coolidge

A person who talks when you wish him to listen.

– Marcel Archard

All the world loves a listener.

– Anonymous

Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf

– Proverb

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