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One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other's stories.

Listen to life, and you will hear the voice of life crying, Be!
A person hears only what they understand.
Never speak of yourself to others; make them talk about themselves instead; therein lies the whole art of pleasing. Everybody knows it, and everyone forgets it.
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.
Listening well and answering well is one of the greatest perfections that can be obtained in conversation.
No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why.
A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something.
Women make love for love, men make love for lust.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.
The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.
Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else. No other argument is necessary to suggest that never miss the opportunity to give encouragement.
Look up, and not down; Out and not in; Forward and not back; And lend a hand.
Repeat anything often enough and it will start to become you.
Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.
You affect your subconscious mind by verbal repetition.
We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.
If at first you don't succeed; you are running about average.
For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?
It's simply a matter of doing what you do best and not worrying about what the other fellow is going to do.
We fall forward to succeed.
Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be Number 1.
Many a man owes his success to his first wife and his second wife to his success.
If at first you don't succeed, try to hide your astonishment.
Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking.
Character is more important than intelligence for success.
Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.
When all is said and done, success without happiness is the worst kind of failure.
Very often we are our own worst enemy as we foolishly build stumbling blocks on the path that leads to success and happiness.
Success doesn't mean the absence of failures; it means the attainment of ultimate objectives. It means winning the war, not every battle.
The first and most important step toward success is the feeling that we can succeed.
My definition of success is control.
To guarantee success, act as if it were impossible to fail.
I hope I have convinced you -- the only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren't is the willingness to work very, very hard.
A minute's success pays the failure of years.
Success doesn't come to you you go to it.
I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got.
The road to success runs uphill.
To succeed you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.
Success... it's what you do with what you've got.
A person is a success if they get up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
Success has a simple formula: do your best, and people may like it.
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
When I am delivering my very best, then that is when I feel successful.
You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.
The elevator to success is out of order. You'll have to use the stairs... one step at a time.
I have got tow reasons for success and I'm standing on both of them.
There is a way to look at the past. Don't hide from it. It will not catch you -- if you don't repeat it.
The past should be a springboard, not a hammock.
A safe but sometimes chilly way of recalling the past is to force open a crammed drawer. If you are searching for anything in particular you don't find it, but something falls out at the back that is often more interesting.
Yesterday is a canceled check: Forget it. Tomorrow is a promissory note: Don't count on it. Today is ready cash: Use it!
If you are carrying strong feelings about something that happened in your past, they may hinder your ability to live in the present.
Your past is important, but it is not nearly as important to your present as the way you see your future.
O Lord! thou knowest how busy I must be this day: if I forget thee, do not thou forget me.
Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.
The wish to pray is a prayer in itself. God can ask no more than that of us.
So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
But if it were I, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before Him. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. [Job 5:8-9]
Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks. [I Thessalonians]
Pray. To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.
God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers and thrust the thing we have prayed for in our face, like a gauntlet with a gift in it.
In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
We know little of the things for which we pray.
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
Most men pray for power, the strength to do things. Few people pray for love, the quality to be someone.
Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.
Prayer is a confession of one's own unworthiness and weakness.
Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
Let everyone try and find that as a result of daily prayer he adds something new to his life, something with which nothing can be compared.
Just pray for a tough hide and a tender heart.
I have not placed reading before praying because I regard it more important, but because, in order to pray aright, we must understand what we are praying for.
Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths, or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes.
Prayer is the voice of faith.
There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.
There is no greater distance than that between a man in prayer and God.
Religion is in the heart, not in the knees.
Take God for your spouse and friend and walk with him continually, and you will not sin and will learn to love, and the things you must do will work out prosperously for you.
Your prayer must be for a sound mind in a sound body.
The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.
The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.
A simple grateful thought turned heavenwards is the most perfect prayer.
All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.
It is good to pray for the repair of mistakes, but praying earlier would keep us from making so many. When puzzled, go to prayer and listen.
Don't put people down, unless it's on your prayer list.
There are few men who dare to publish to the world the prayers they make to Almighty God.
Answered prayers cause more tears than those that remain unanswered.
Practical prayer is harder on the soles of your shoes than on the knees of your trousers.
When you pray for anyone you tend to modify your personal attitude toward him.
Praying without ceasing is not ritualized, nor are there even words. It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God.
No one can pray well, but those who live well.
Short prayers reach heaven.
Ask God for what man can give, and you may get it.
When we take one step toward to God, he takes seven steps toward us.
Pray that you will never have to bear all that you are able to endure.
Pray to God but continue to row to the shore.
Prayer and practice is good rhyme.
Practice in life whatever you pray for and God will give it to you more abundantly.
If you can't pray a door open, don't pry it open.
Ask God's blessing on your work, but don't ask him to do it for you.
It is from prayer that the spirit's victory springs.
Prayer should be short, without giving God Almighty reasons why he should grant this, or that; he knows best what is good for us.
Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got.
Common people do not pray; they only beg.
We often want one thing and pray for another, not telling the truth even to the gods.
Prayer is talking with God and telling Him you love Him, conversing with God about all the things that are important in life, both large and small, and being assured that He is listening.
When you lie down with a short prayer, commit yourself into the hands of your Creator; and when you have done so, trust Him with yourself, as you must do when you are dying.
When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don't, they don't.
There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.
Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the muscle of omnipotence.
Prayer is a passport to heaven. Your communication with God.
Do not make prayer a monologue -- make it a conversation.
Our thanks to God should always precede our requests.
Pray for what you want, but work for what you need.
Prayer moves the hand that moves the universe.
Seven days without prayer makes one weak.
We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them.
When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.
Prayer is less about changing the world than it is about changing ourselves.
Marriage is not a noun; it's a verb. It isn't something you get. It's something you do. It's the way you love your partner every day.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. [Genesis 2:24]
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave himself up for her. [Ephesians 5:25]
Before marriage a man yearns for a woman. Afterward the y is silent.
And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? [Matthew 7:3]
We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.
With affection beaming in one eye, and calculation shining out of the other.
At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.
Clean your finger before you point at my spots.
Never to talk to ones self is a form of hypocrisy.
For neither man nor angel can discern hypocrisy, the only evil that walks invisible, except to God alone.
Better to be known as a sinner than a hypocrite.
The wicked work harder to preach hell than the righteous do to get to heaven.
All humans are hypocrites; the biggest hypocrite of all is the one who claims to detest hypocrisy.
How clever you are, my dear! You never mean a single word you say.
The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite!
Avoid being impatient. Remember time brings roses.
Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced and the inconvenience is often considerable.
Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.
Beauty is the pilot of the young soul.
A beautiful form is better than a beautiful face; it gives a higher pleasure than statues or pictures; it is the finest of the fine arts.
Beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face. The beauty who does not look surprised, who accepts her position as her due -- she reminds us too much of a prima donna.
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.
Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.

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