Sunday, March 09, 2008

Listening -

God gave people a mouth that closes and ears that don't, which should tell us something.

The first service one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them. Just as love of God begins in listening to His Word, so the beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them. It is God's love for us that He not only gives us His Word but lends us His ear. So it is His work that we do for our brother when we learn to listen to him.... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Life Together

Many people are looking for an ear that will listen. They do not find it among Christians, because these Christians are talking where they should be listening. But he who can no longer listen to his brother will soon be no longer listening to God, either; he will be doing nothing but prattle in the presence of God, too. This is the beginning of the death of the spiritual life, and in the end there will be nothing left but spiritual chatter and clerical condescension arrayed in pious words... never really speaking to others.... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Life Together

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery. . . . If you want to influence someone, listen to what he says. . . . When he finishes talking, ask him about any points that you do not understand. Joyce Brothers (1928-____)

I'll defend to the death your right to say that, but I never said I'd listen to it! - Tom Galloway

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.Ernest Hemingway (1889-1961)

Many people may listen, but few people actually hear.... Harvey Mackay, United Features syndicated column

No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you will see why. - Mignon McLaughlin

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something. - Wilson Mizner, 1876 - 1933

You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time. - Dr. M. Scott Peck

If you want to be listened to, you should put in time listening. - Marge Piercy

Know how to listen and you will profit even from those who talk badly. -- Plutarch

One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears -- by listening to them. - Dean Rusk (1909-____)

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