I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
He listened to me, smiling, but with that condescending and paternal solicitude for having me at his service.

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It taught him how to listen -- how to listen with a quiet heart and a waiting soul, open soul, without passion, without desire, without judgment, without opinion.

Nature has given to men one tongue, but two ears, that we may hear from others twice as much as we speak
We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."