Our Favorite Quotes About the Importance of Listening

Whether it be at a family dinner, a grandkids’ birthday party or just a quiet night with your spouse, the ability to hear and connect with your loved ones is a critical part of everyday life. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite quotes about the importance of listening to others.


“If you make listening and observation your occupation, you will gain much more than you can by talk.”

-Robert Baden-Powell


“Listening is being able to be changed by the other person.”

-Alan Alda


“The art of conversation lies in listening.”

-Malcolm Forbes


“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”

-Ernest Hemingway


“Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking.”

-Bernard Barugh


“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.”

-Bryant H. McGill


“The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.”

-William Hazlitt