Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Quotes: Listening

Listening 1167 How to listen: Visualize. Cowslip: “I did not fall asleep [last night listening to one of Eustace Bright’s stories], and I only shut my eyes, so as to see a picture of what Cousin Eustace was telling about.” Hawthorne’s The Wonder Book for Boys and Girls

Listening 641 People, especially older people, recognize a good listener. "He recognized me with evident pleasure; for my rare properties as a patient listener invariably make me a favorite with elderly gentlemen and ladies of narrative propensities." Hawthorne: Legends of the Province-House. II: “Edward Randolph’s Portrait.”

Listening 1040 One has to discard habit in order to listen attentively. "…others listen with a rapt attention, as if a living truth had now, for the first time, forced its way through the crust of habit, reached their hearts, and awakened them to life." Hawthorne: "Main-Street"

Listening 208 The biggest obstruction to listening is concern by the listeners for what they are going to say. "There are people who instead of listening to what is being said to them are already listening to what they are going to say themselves." Albert Guinon. 1900. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Listening 4 The good listener is able to finish the speaker's thought. [Half truth. RayS.] "To the good listener half a word is enough." Spanish. Dictionary of Foreign Terms

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