This is a companion post to work alongside Words To Live By: Truly Listen, if you haven’t done so already I would love you to check it out. It was an emotional post for me and highlights just why truly listening is so important. There are so many great quotes from people far wiser and more eloquent than me on the subject and I have compiled the most inspiring ones here:

27 inspiring quotes about truly listening

  1. “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” – Stephen R. Covey

  2. “You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.” – M. Scott Peck

  3. “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway

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

  5. “Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” – Bernard Baruch

  6. “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said” – Peter Drucker

  7. “Friends are those rare people who ask how we are, and then wait to hear the answer.” – Ed Cunningham

  8. “The art of conversation lies in listening.” – Malcom Forbes

  9. “Don’t think or judge. Just listen.” – Sarah Dessen

  10. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill

  11. “There is a difference between truly listening and waiting for your turn to talk.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  12. “We are all so desperate to be understood, we forget to be understanding.” – Beau Taplin

  13. “Many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request.” – Phillip Stanhope

  14. “The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” – Ralph Nichols

  15. “One friend, one person who is truly understanding, who takes the trouble to listen to us as we consider a problem, can change our whole outlook on the world.” – Dr. E. H. Mayo

  16. “Man’s inability to communicate is a result of his failure to listen effectively.” – Carl Rogers

  17. “Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.” – Karl Menninger

  18. “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” – Stephen R. Covey

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

  20. “Good listeners, like precious gems, are to be treasured.” – Walter Anderson

  21. “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” – Peter Drucker

  22. “The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. ~Thich Nhat Hanh“Sometimes all a person wants is an empathetic ear; all he or she needs is to talk it out. Just offering a listening ear and an understanding heart for his or her suffering can be a big comfort.” – Roy T. Bennett

  23. “Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” – Bernard M. Baruch

  24. “It takes a great man to be a good listener.” – Calvin Coolidge

  25. “People start to heal the moment they feel heard.” – Cheryl Richardson

  26. “There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.” – Rumi

  27. “The quite you become, the more you can hear.” – Ram Dass

Give someone your full attention today and truly listen, it could turn their day around more than you know.

If you liked these quotes please share them, and remember to check out the post Words To Live By #24: Truly Listen.

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9 thoughts on “27 Inspiring Quotes About Truly Listening

  1. I’m going to print this-pin this & send a copy to my husband via email!!!!! LOVE IT!!!

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    Posted on 24 July, 2017 at 10:45 pm
  2. These are all really great quotes! I especially love the quote about how you aren’t able to do anything else if you are truly listening. I tried to explain that to someone recently and he kept insisting that he can do multiple things at once while listening. Turns out he wasn’t listening because he didn’t hear half of what I said. Eventually I just stopped talking to him. I love the quote about the truest form of respect is really listening. Another thing this person could do. Love all of your quotes here:)

    Posted on 25 July, 2017 at 1:58 pm
  3. I could use this list in my job in the NHS…truly fab list! I need to take heed a little more I think. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x
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    Posted on 26 July, 2017 at 9:20 pm
  4. Hi, what fantastic quotes. I shall bookmark these to share with my OH 😊. The second quote is my favourite #bestandworst
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    Posted on 27 July, 2017 at 6:38 am
  5. I agree with 24, I’m grateful that my partner truly listens when I speak #globalblogging
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    Posted on 28 July, 2017 at 2:51 pm
  6. These are all so great. I love number 4. Truly listening is a great reminder to me as a mother. Thank you. x

    Posted on 30 July, 2017 at 11:23 am
    1. Sorry – #globalblogging

      Posted on 30 July, 2017 at 11:24 am
  7. LOVE THIS!!! I love a good quote and it’s also a reminder that I need to listen more and talk less! Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging
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    Posted on 30 July, 2017 at 7:40 pm