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Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.

Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue-to the end that we should hear and see more than we speak.
The first duty of love is to listen.
Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly.
Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.
When you are in it up to your ears, keep your mouth shut
Opportunities are often missed because we are broadcasting when we should be listening.
One of the hardest things to do in life is to listen without intent to reply.
Skillful listening is the best remedy for loneliness, loquaciousness, and laryngitis.
A good listener tries to understand what the other person is saying. In the end he may disagree sharply, but because he disagrees, he wants to know exactly what it is he is disagreeing with.
To meet at all, one must open ones eyes to another; and there is no true conversation no matter how many words are spoken, unless the eye, unveiled and listening, opens itself to the other.
There is a difference between being listened to and being heard.
No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen.
A hungry stomach has no ears.
It is a rare person who wants to hear want he doesn't want to hear.
Listen. Don't explain or justify.
One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other's stories.
People should talk less and draw more. Personally, I would like to renounce speech altogether and, like organic nature, communicate everything I have to say visually.
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it.
Are you really listening... or are you just waiting for your turn to talk?
The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.
To be listened to is, generally speaking, a nearly unique experience for most people. It is enormously stimulating. It is small wonder that people who have been demanding all their lives to be heard so often fall speechless when confronted with one who gravely agrees to lend an ear. Man clamors for the freedom to express himself and for knowing that he counts. But once offered these conditions, he becomes frightened.
Every person I work with knows something better than me. My job is to listen long enough to find it and use it.
Never tell your story to a deaf man.
With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing.

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