one is hearing what others are saying, and trying to understand what it means
Listening is the act of hearing something and paying attention to what is heard.
- Listen with your ears, not your mouth.
- Listen carefully, my child, to your master's precepts, and incline the ear of your heart. Receive willingly and carry out effectively your loving father's advice, that by the labor of obedience you may return to Him from whom you had departed by the sloth of disobedience.
- Benedict of Nursia, Rule of St. Benedict: opening words
- But yet she listen'd—'tis enough—
Who listens once will listen twice;
Her heart, be sure, is not of ice,
And one refusal no rebuff.
- Lord Byron, Mazeppa (1819), Stanza 6.
- The young watch television twenty-four hours a day, they don't read and they rarely listen. This incessant bombardment of images has developed a hypertrophied eye condition that's turning them into a race of mutants.
- Understanding does not occur when we try to intercept what someone wants to say to us by claiming we already know it.
- Hans-Georg Gadamer, "Aesthetics and Hermeneutics" (1964), in Philosophical Hermeneutics, translated and edited by David E. Linge (University of California Press: 1976), p. 102.
- When people talk listen completely. Most people never listen.
- Ernest Hemingway, letter of advice to a young writer, reported in Malcolm Cowley, "Mister Papa", LIFE magazine (January 10, 1949), Volume 26, No. 2, p. 90. A longer version appears in Hemingway's Across the River and Into the Trees (1967): "When people talk listen completely. Don't be thinking what you're going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when you come out know everything that you saw there and not only that. If that room gave you any feeling you should know exactly what it was that gave you that feeling".
- Considering how much the ears are cultivated with all the useless varieties of "lute, sackbut, and psaltery," it is wonderful their first great quality should be so neglected ; it shows how much common sense is overlooked in our present style of education. Now, considering that it is the first step to general popularity — (that general popularity, to be turned, like a patriot’s, to particular account) — considering that it is the great general principle of conciliation towards East Indian uncles and independent aunts, it shows how much real utility is forgotten, when the science of listening is not made a prominent branch of instruction. So many act on the mistaken principle, that mere hearing is listening — the eyes, believe me, listen even better than the ears — there ought to be a professor of listening. We recommend this to the attention of the London University, or the new King's College ; both professing to improve the system of education. Under the head of listening, is to be included the arts of opportune questionings and judicious negatives — those negatives which, like certain votes, become, after a time, affirmatives.
- The one who recites the Qur’an and the one who listens to it have an equal share in the reward.
- Muhammad Mustadrakul Wasa’il, Volume 1, Page 293.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 461.
- He holds him with his glittering eye—
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And listens like a three years' child.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Ancient Mariner, Part I, Stanza 4. Last line claimed by Wordsworth. See note to his We are Seven.
- Listen, every one
That listen may, unto a tale
That's merrier than the nightingale.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863-1874), Part III. The Sicilian's Tale. Interlude Before the Monk of Casal-Maggiore.
- In listening mood she seemed to stand,
The guardian Naiad of the strand.
- Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake, Canto I, Stanza 17.