Quotes and Sayings about Listening



"I love listening to Radio Head's 'Everything in its Right Place' because it's all major chords, it makes you feel really good. It's soothing, it's got a beautiful voice, crazy textures. When I'm down I listen to that song and it really makes me feel good."
- Casey Abrams
(Related: Love, Listening, Right, Song, Voice)

"Women like silent men. They think they're listening."
- Marcel Achard
(Related: Women, Listening)

"My mom has a good way of engaging me in a conversation about the choices I make, listening, being objective and open-minded, and respecting those choices so long as they don't put me in danger."
- Casey Affleck
(Related: Mom, Being, Choices, Conversation, Danger, Listening, Open)

"The whole period has taught me that I enjoy being part of an ensemble rather than just a front man. Don't get me wrong - I enjoy that too, but I get more enjoyment out of really listening to everyone."
- Damon Albarn
(Related: Being, Enjoyment, Listening, Man, Wrong)

"When I finish an album and I find myself listening to it in the car, because it makes me feel a certain way, that's the time to try to let other people know about it."
- Herb Alpert
(Related: Time, Car, People, Listening)

"That by listening to some music, by reading some books, by looking at paintings, and most important by hanging out with one another - by collaborating with one another and creating your own network - you can achieve something that is much better than what is out there."
- David Amram
(Related: Music, Books, Listening, Network, Reading)

"When you are accompanying someone, you are listening to them the way you listen to a Bach Chorale, where four parts are going on at the same time, all of which are gorgeous melodies, all being played simultaneously."
- David Amram
(Related: Time, Being, Listening)

"I get even more nervous singing when everyone's fallen silent, but I really try to communicate the meaning of the lyrics, and there's people there listening to that, and if they're moved by it, then I'm moved as well."
- Namie Amuro
(Related: People, Listening, Meaning, Singing)

"I had to be at least 8 or 9; I was listening to everything on the radio. You name it, I heard every song."
- Tom Araya
(Related: Listening, Name, Song)

"Whatever had been on the radio in the '60s; I mean we were always listening to the radio."
- Tom Araya
(Related: Listening)

"I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds, or watching their peculiar habits, or delineating them in the best way I could."
- John James Audubon
(Related: Birds, Day, Habits, Listening, Songs)

"The subconscious is ceaselessly murmuring, and it is by listening to these murmurs that one hears the truth."
- Gaston Bachelard
(Related: Truth, Listening)

"If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk."
- Robert Baden-Powell
(Related: Gain, Listening, Observation, Occupation, Talk, Will)

"I grew up listening to old soul."
- Erykah Badu
(Related: Soul, Listening, Old)

"I was listening to the first record the other day, and it sounds remarkably contemporary."
- Chris Bailey
(Related: Day, First, Listening)

"In all the great periods of the drama perfect freedom of choice and subject, perfect freedom of individual treatment, and an audience eager to give itself to sympathetic listening, even if instruction be involved, have brought the great results."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Choice, Drama, Freedom, Listening, Results, Treatment)

"Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."
- James A. Baldwin
(Related: Children, Listening)

"Look at the product pipeline, look at the fantastic financial results we've had for the last five years. You only get that kind of performance on the innovation side, on the financial side, if you're really listening and reacting to the best ideas of the people we have."
- Steve Ballmer
(Related: People, Ideas, Financial, Performance, Innovation, Listening, Results, Years)

"It's only through listening that you learn, and I never want to stop learning."
- Drew Barrymore
(Related: Learning, Listening, Want)

"Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking."
- Bernard Baruch
(Related: People, Successful, Listening, Talking)

"What honour have we got left, when nobody is listening to us?"
- Abu Bakar Bashir
(Related: Listening)

"I'm saying: to be continued, until we meet again. Meanwhile, keep on listening and tapping your feet."
- Count Basie
(Related: Feet, Listening)

"I have to concentrate more intently when people speak. I always have to position myself on their right side so that I can hear out of my left ear. I sometimes get a crick in my neck from listening. But I don't there's too much else."
- Stephanie Beacham
(Related: People, Listening, Right)

"We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of Americans."
- Max Beerbohm
(Related: Dreams, American, Americans, Listening, Talking)

"Growing up in Memphis and listening to all kinds of music and dreaming... So that was one of the first times I wrote a complete song and set it to music and the whole bit. From then on, I was busy with it."
- William Bell
(Related: Music, First, Growing up, Listening, Song)

"I think one of the things that we are facing right now is that we've stopped listening to each other in our politics."
- Michael Bennett
(Related: Politics, Listening, Now, Right)

"The parent is the strongest statement that the child hears regarding what it means to be alive and real. More than what we say or do, the way we are expresses what we think it means to be alive. So the articulate parent is less a telling than a listening individual."
- Polly Berrien Berends
(Related: Listening)

"When you are listening to music it is better to cover your eyes than your ears."
- Jose Bergaman
(Related: Music, Eyes, Listening)

"Well, I didn't really grow up playing or listening to metal, like many of the kids I went to school with. I only got into it in my late teens, so when Marilyn Manson formed, it was at a time when I was still excited about approaching music from that angle."
- Daisy Berkowitz
(Related: Music, Time, Kids, Listening, School)

"I get embarrassed listening to my last CDs. I've got a lot of work to do, let's put it that way."
- Bjork
(Related: Work, Listening)

"The strange thing is that since I've been offered lots of films I think that maybe they think that I've sold out to Hollywood. Which is not the case if anybody's listening."
- Brenda Blethyn
(Related: Hollywood, Listening)

"Listening is more important than anything else because that's what music is. Somebody is playing something and you're receiving it. It is sending and receiving."
- Carla Bley
(Related: Music, Listening)

"Earmarks have become a symbol of a Congress that has broken faith with the people. This earmark ban shows the American people we are listening and we are dead serious about ending business as usual in Washington."
- John Boehner
(Related: Business, Faith, People, American, Congress, Ending, Listening, Symbol, Washington)

"I was blown away by the control and the range that I was hearing. I'm listening to Pavarotti and thinking, What the hell have I been doing with my voice all these years?"
- Michael Bolton
(Related: Control, Hearing, Hell, Listening, Thinking, Voice, Years)

"A mate of mine said recently said a lot of stuff sounds like you're listening to it outside, but also like you're surrounded by it, and I think that's quite similar."
- Sean Booth
(Related: Listening)

"I'll make music, whether or not anyone is listening, for the rest of my life. It's a natural form of expression for me, the same way I draw and write and sing."
- Brandon Boyd
(Related: Life, Music, Expression, Listening, Rest)

"I've had songs written during the Falklands war, and during the first Gulf war I got letters from soldiers saying they were listening to these songs, like Island of no return."
- Billy Bragg
(Related: War, First, Letters, Listening, Saying, Soldiers, Songs)

"An actor's a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, ain't listening."
- Marlon Brando
(Related: Actor, Listening, Talking)

"And I thought that was the best way for me to participate, because standing in the crowd and listening is a fantastic education, but it's not my nature. I need to be involved. So I did that instead."
- Andre Braugher
(Related: Education, Nature, Thought, Listening)

"For me the march was a labor - a labor of love - but I was busy handing out flyers for the National Association of Black Social Workers, so I really wasn't standing in the crowd listening and observing. I was busy."
- Andre Braugher
(Related: Love, Labor, Listening, March, Workers)

"Because of the changes in the Padres team I played with last year, I felt like a veteran recently when I worked out with Jason Kendall and he told me he's liked listening to my records since he was a kid!"
- Garth Brooks
(Related: Listening)

"Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery."
- Joyce Brothers
(Related: Flattery, Imitation, Listening, May)

"When you talk to yourself, at least you know that someone is listening."
- Craig Bruce
(Related: Listening, Talk)

"All of my style came from listening to records."
- Lindsey Buckingham
(Related: Listening, Style)

"When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear."
- Buddha
(Related: Feelings, Fear, Evil, Listening, Pleasure)

"One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him gently of a fault. If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error."
- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
(Related: Friendship, Gratitude, Error, Fault, Listening)

"I don't generally find myself listening to the music of a film unless there's something awfully wrong with it."
- Carter Burwell
(Related: Music, Film, Listening, Wrong)

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
- Leo Buscaglia
(Related: Life, Power, Act, Caring, Compliment, Listening, Potential, Smile, Word)

"Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Leadership, Time, Character, Country, Duty, Honor, Listening)

"Lately, I've been listening to some jazz albums. I love the new Pat Metheny album. John Coltrane. I still like good metal, though!"
- Geezer Butler
(Related: Love, Jazz, Listening)

"I'm always relieved when someone is delivering a eulogy and I realize I'm listening to it."
- George Carlin
(Related: Listening)

"With other people, you're always swapping music. Somebody is always listening to something you've never heard. It's a great way to hear all sorts of new things."
- Tracy Chapman
(Related: Music, People, Listening)

"I was growing up listening to Queen. Freddie Mercury threw those incredible melodies into his songs."
- Gary Cherone
(Related: Growing up, Listening, Mercury, Queen, Songs)

"Some people think its just fun and games and others don't know how much I pushed to get here. They have to be in my shoes, but by listening to my music they can find out."
- Chingy
(Related: Music, People, Fun, Games, Listening)

"People hear the soul, black influence in my voice. I grew up listening to CKLW and all the black stations like WLBS."
- Madonna Ciccone
(Related: Soul, People, Influence, Listening, Voice)

"A majority of American citizens are now becoming skeptical of the claim that our carbon footprints, resulting from our use of fossil fuels, are going to lead to climatic calamities. But governments are not yet listening to the citizens."
- John Coleman
(Related: American, Listening, Majority, Now)

"I usually hang around the room listening to a bit of last night's show. If there's one available, I go to the steam room every day for my voice. I spend half an hour there and then I eat, because I can't eat later than four o'clock. Then I go for a soundcheck. That's my day."
- Phil Collins
(Related: Day, Listening, Night, Voice)

"Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed which a child brings home glistening from the beach and which in an hour have lost their luster."
- Cyril Connolly
(Related: Home, Beach, Today, Words)

"People in America, when listening to radio, like to lean forward. People in Britain like to lean back."
- Alistair Cooke
(Related: People, America, Listening)

"I'm not exactly sure how many kids I have, but yes, I do miss them officially, for the record. In case any of them are listening, I love you."
- Tre Cool
(Related: Love, Kids, Listening)

"Well-behaved: he always speaks as if his mother might be listening."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Mother, Listening)

"Listening to people keeps them entertained."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: People, Listening)

"Universal was absolutely marvelous about sitting down with me and listening to my input. It wasn't something where they chose a bunch of songs that were best sellers. They did a marvelous job on the packaging. It's a beautiful tribute."
- Rita Coolidge
(Related: Job, Listening, Songs, Tribute)

"If you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than they are."
- Alice Cooper
(Related: Information, Listening, Order, Vote)

"Fancy your having no sunshine in London yesterday! Here it was glorious, like full summer, and I sat up with the window wide open, listening to the discourse of two amorous thrushes."
- Marie Corelli
(Related: Fancy, Listening, London, Open, Summer, Thrushes)

"Obviously the people that I admired, like the Beatles, were really into rock'n'roll, but it was already a little past rock'n'roll when I started listening and making my own choices about music."
- Elvis Costello
(Related: Music, People, Choices, Listening, Past)

"On TV people look at your hair and then they look at your skin, and then they look at your clothes, and by the time they're listening to what you're saying, you're off the screen."
- Doug Coupland
(Related: Time, People, Clothes, Hair, Listening, Saying, Skin)

"Weather means more when you have a garden. There's nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans."
- Marcelene Cox
(Related: Garden, Listening, Nothing, Thinking, Weather)

"I'm still trying to discover my position on my own artwork and hopefully at this exhibition someone will come and tell me. I'm open to listening to criticism."
- Graham Coxon
(Related: Criticism, Listening, Open, Trying, Will)

"At least the rap metal stuff is good, but it's not really my bag. I've been listening to the radio since we've been touring the past month, because we don't get it most of the time."
- Jon Crosby
(Related: Time, Listening, Past, Rap)

"You'd never know that listening to people in the UN but tribalism is the father of racism."
- Stanley Crouch
(Related: Father, People, Listening, Racism)

"My romantically favorite era is 78, 79 listening to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 4, the live tapes, echo chamber and break beats."
- Kool Moe Dee
(Related: Echo, Favorite, Listening)

"I think listening to real classic soul material made me learn how to feel music that's sung."
- Gavin DeGraw
(Related: Music, Soul, Listening)

"We learn best to listen to our own voices if we are listening at the same time to other women - whose stories, for all our differences, turn out, if we listen well, to be our stories also."
- Barbara Deming
(Related: Time, Women, Listening)

"The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to their dream."
- Joan Didion
(Related: Dream, Listening, Writer)

"Much unhappiness comes from walking alone. When there are several, it's somewhat different. I must get into the habit of listening to others, for what the others say concerns me, too."
- Alfred Doblin
(Related: Habit, Listening, Unhappiness, Walking)

"When I'm 80 and sitting in a rocking chair listening to the Rolling Stones, there is absolutely no way I'm going to feel old or forget my younger days."
- Patty Duke
(Related: Forget, Listening, Old)

"It wasn't until after private lessons and learning bass lines that I even noticed bass in the music I was listening to at that age. My ears were blown wide open."
- Trevor Dunn
(Related: Music, Age, Learning, Listening, Open)

"There are two good rules which ought to be written on every heart - never to believe anything bad about anybody unless you positively know it to be true; never to tell even that unless you feel that it is absolutely necessary, and that God is listening."
- Henry Van Dyke
(Related: God, Heart, Listening, Rules)

"But a lot of the old fans are listening to a lot of the younger music. So I gotta keep moving forward, and they'll move forward too."
- Kenneth Edmonds
(Related: Music, Fans, Listening, Old)

"You can do and use the skills that you have. The schools need you. The teachers need you. Students and parents need you. They need your actual person: your physical personhood and your open minds and open ears and boundless compassion, sitting next to them, listening and nodding and asking questions for hours at a time."
- Dave Eggers
(Related: Time, Compassion, Listening, Open, Parents, Questions, Schools, Students, Teachers)

"I wrote several articles criticizing psychoanalysis, but the analysts weren't listening to my objections. So I finally quit after practicing it for six years."
- Albert Ellis
(Related: Listening, Psychoanalysis, Years)

"I don't care who I play to, as long as they enjoy listening to what I play."
- Keith Emerson
(Related: Care, Listening, Play)

"Those who still think listening isn't an art should see if they can do it half as well."
- Michael Ende
(Related: Art, Listening)

"Musicians are there in front of you, and the spectators sense their tension, which is not the case when you're listening to a record. Your attention is more relaxed. The emotional aspect is more important in live music."
- Brian Eno
(Related: Music, Attention, Listening, Musicians, Sense, Tension)

"If you want to make someone feel emotion, you have to make them let go. Listening to something is an act of surrender."
- Brian Eno
(Related: Act, Emotion, Listening, Surrender, Want)

"I'm not one for walking the beaches humming a melody. I love the discipline of sitting in the studio, writing and listening. That is my domain."
- Enya
(Related: Love, Discipline, Listening, Walking, Writing)

"I had a big background in listening to classical music and I started trying to compose, like I was playing the guitar but I heard an orchestra in my head."
- John Fahey
(Related: Music, Guitar, Listening, Trying)

"Listening is more important than talking. Just hit your mark and believe what you say. Just listen to people and react to what they are saying."
- Jimmy Fallon
(Related: People, Listening, Saying, Talking)

"If you think you might have secret information listening to me, you're lost."
- Morton Feldman
(Related: Information, Listening)

"I think a lot of the instincts you have doing comedy are really the same for doing drama, in that it's essentially about listening. The way I approach comedy, is you have to commit to everything as if it's a dramatic role, meaning you play it straight."
- Will Ferrell
(Related: Comedy, Drama, Listening, Meaning, Play)

"You have to master not only the art of listening to your head, you must also master listening to your heart and listening to your gut."
- Carly Fiorina
(Related: Art, Heart, Listening)

"I was up until all hours of the night, listening to stories, meeting great old comedians."
- Joely Fisher
(Related: Comedians, Listening, Meeting, Night, Old)

"All you have to know is mathematically how many times to scratch it and when to let it go - when certain things will enhance the record you're listening to."
- Grandmaster Flash
(Related: Listening, Will)

"At the same time, I was listening to black music, and I began to think that the best musicians were receiving the worst treatment. The people who were doing the greatest work were despised as lower class, with no dignity accorded to what they did."
- Henry Flynt
(Related: Work, Music, Time, People, Class, Dignity, Listening, Musicians, Treatment)

"I enjoy listening to classical music and heavy metal. I play basketball and try to go diving at least once a year. I don't really have hobbies in the traditional sense... I engage in too many activities already through the actions of my characters."
- Alan Dean Foster
(Related: Music, Actions, Basketball, Hobbies, Listening, Play, Sense)

"So, yes, there's nothing I love more than listening to directors talk about their movies."
- Jodie Foster
(Related: Love, Movies, Listening, Nothing, Talk)

"I'd say that what we hear is the quality of our listening."
- Robert Fripp
(Related: Quality, Listening)

"Watching television in those days was not the same experience as it is today. After years of listening to radio, we found the black-and-white images mesmerizing."
- Annette Funicello
(Related: Experience, Listening, Television, Today, Years)

"An actor is a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, he ain't listening."
- Boy George
(Related: Actor, Listening, Talking)

"I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us. There is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say."
- Geronimo
(Related: God, Children, Darkness, Listening, Sun)

"My Dad died during the flu epidemic in 1918 when I was 4 years old. He left a lot of classical recordings behind that I began listening to at an early age, so he must have been a music lover."
- Tom Glazer
(Related: Dad, Music, Age, Listening, Old, Years)

"Diverting the internal traffic between the Writer as Angel of Light and the Writer as Hustler is that scribbling child in a grown-up body wondering if anybody is listening."
- Herbert Gold
(Related: Body, Light, Listening, Writer)

"Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages."
- Barry Goldwater
(Related: Wife, Listening, Trying)

"Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don't believe is right."
- Jane Goodall
(Related: Change, People, Listening, Right)

"During the Cold War, we gathered information by listening to the Soviets, taking pictures of the Soviets, and we allowed our human intelligence to decline."
- Bob Graham
(Related: Intelligence, War, Information, Listening)

"The first jazz pianist I heard was Thelonious Monk. My father was listening to an album of his called 'Monk's Dream' almost every day from the time I was born."
- Benny Green
(Related: Time, Father, Dream, Day, First, Jazz, Listening)

"Actually, I've had very little classical training, although I love listening to classical music very much."
- Benny Green
(Related: Love, Music, Listening, Training)

"The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people. You're there, listening to every word, but part of you is observing. Everything is useful to a writer, you see - every scrap, even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties."
- Graham Greene
(Related: People, Being, Listening, Word, Writer)

"There is such a thing as tempting the gods. Talking too much, too soon and with too much self-satisfaction has always seemed to me a sure way to court disaster. The forces of retribution are always listening. They never sleep."
- Meg Greenfield
(Related: Gods, Court, Disaster, Listening, Self, Sleep, Talking)

"I'm quite into listening to music and not doing anything else."
- Jonny Greenwood
(Related: Music, Listening)

"I'm always listening and watching; my ear is like a boom mike. And judging, frankly. Constantly judging."
- Kathy Griffin
(Related: Listening)

"The New York City Ballet is always about the realm of possibilities, the realm of what the human body can do, what the human spirit can do. And it's about listening, it's about listening to remarkable music and how we respond to that."
- John Guare
(Related: Music, Ballet, Body, Listening, Possibilities, Remarkable, Spirit)

"In fact, I had to make an enormous adjustment to this, not only in listening to it but in playing with it. It's a full sound. In some instances, you must have the volume to get the effect."
- Chico Hamilton
(Related: Effect, Fact, Listening, Sound)

"It was very hard to get any records, so the only source for us to really hear what was happening was listening to the Voice of America. We would be taping all the broadcast and then sharing the tapes and talking about it."
- Jan Hammer
(Related: America, Listening, Sharing, Talking, Voice)

"Right now I'm listening to a lot of different things but I listen to a lot of classical music. Eventually I would like to compose and perform classical."
- Ben Harper
(Related: Music, Listening, Now, Right)

"I grew up listening to spiritual music, Blind Willie Johnson and folk."
- Ben Harper
(Related: Music, Blind, Folk, Listening, Spiritual)

"Some people come to our shows and think they're gonna spend the night just listening to love songs, and they're pretty much surprised cause we do a lot of rock and roll."
- Bobby Hatfield
(Related: Love, People, Cause, Listening, Night, Pretty, Songs)

"You can learn so much just by doing, not by listening to anybody."
- Juliana Hatfield
(Related: Listening)

"I really do love Diana Ross; I grew up listening to her records. I grew up in a little town in Mexico, so while we got the music, we never got the experience of watching her."
- Salma Hayek
(Related: Experience, Love, Music, Listening)

"Then as the years went on and my listening became more deliberate, I would climb up on an arm of our big sofa to get my ear closer to the wireless speaker."
- Seamus Heaney
(Related: Listening, Years)

"I've learned to look like I'm listening to long confusing plots of cartoons and comic books when I'm actually sound asleep or making grocery shopping lists in my head."
- Patricia Heaton
(Related: Books, Cartoons, Listening, Sound)

"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen."
- Ernest Hemingway
(Related: People, Listening)

"The human brain can soften as a result of incessant listening to music with an intent to commit prose."
- Donal Henahan
(Related: Music, Listening, Prose, Result)

"I don't care what anybody says about Ringo. I cut my rock-n-roll teeth listening to him."
- Don Henley
(Related: Care, Listening)

"We thought everybody read comics. We didn't know we were weird. We didn't know people that collected comics were strange. It was as normal as listening to rock music on the radio."
- Gilbert Hernandez
(Related: Music, Thought, People, Listening)

"One learns more from listening than speaking.And both the wind and the people who continue to live close to nature still have much to tell us which we cannot hear within university walls."
- Thor Heyerdahl
(Related: Nature, People, Listening, University, Wind)

"What I wanted was for everyone listening to understand that these things mattered - not necessarily for me, but in this particular forum they mattered in terms of whether of not we were getting a person who should sit on the Supreme Court."
- Anita Hill
(Related: Court, Listening)

"I saw old Autumn in the misty morn stand shadowless like silence, listening to silence."
- Thomas Hood
(Related: Autumn, Listening, Old, Silence)

"Listening is the only way to entertain some folks."
- Kin Hubbard
(Related: Listening)

"What I have to do now is figure where my passion is, and follow my heart; I've proven that if I have the passion for something then I can succeed. I haven't been listening to my heart in the last little while."
- Clara Hughes
(Related: Heart, Listening, Now, Passion, Succeed)

"For an actress there is no greater gift than having a camera in front of you, listening to the most beautiful music in the world and just being looked at!"
- Isabelle Huppert
(Related: Music, Being, Listening, World)

"Even from a listening end now, I'm still completely a fan of music."
- James Iha
(Related: Music, End, Listening, Now)

"In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing."
- Robert Green Ingersoll
(Related: Love, Death, Hope, Listening, Night)

"I enjoyed listening to it, but I didn't think I could do it."
- Wanda Jackson
(Related: Listening)

"I never watch TV. I'm a Radio Four addict. I love listening to music too."
- Louise Jameson
(Related: Love, Music, Listening)

"One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody's listening."
- Franklin P. Jones
(Related: Listening, Talking)

"I love listening to new stuff, at home in LA I always have the radio on to hear what is happening."
- Tom Jones
(Related: Home, Love, Listening)

"I remember right after Carter got elected, I was sitting in my apartment in Albany, CA, on a Saturday listening to people call Carter and ask stupid questions while I designed the screen editor."
- Bill Joy
(Related: People, Listening, Questions, Right)

"When anyone tells me I can't do anything... I'm just not listening any more."
- Florence Griffith Joyner
(Related: Listening)

"I've led a school whose faculty and students examine and discuss and debate every aspect of our law and legal system. And what I've learned most is that no one has a monopoly on truth or wisdom. I've learned that we make progress by listening to each other, across every apparent political or ideological divide."
- Elena Kagan
(Related: Legal, Wisdom, Truth, Progress, Debate, Law, Listening, School, Students)

"I make progress by having people around me who are smarter than I am and listening to them. And I assume that everyone is smarter about something than I am."
- Henry J. Kaiser
(Related: People, Progress, Listening)

"Music is about listening, the more you play, the more the magic spreads."
- Maynard James Keenan
(Related: Music, Listening, Magic, Play)

"I grew up mostly with classical, big band, and a lot of Irish music - I really didn't start listening to rock and roll until I was maybe sixteen."
- Moira Kelly
(Related: Music, Irish, Listening)

"Whenever you play dance music, it serves a function. It becomes a utility; you have to worry about the tempos and what you're going to play for people. But when you're playing for listening, you're free."
- Stan Kenton
(Related: Music, People, Dance, Listening, Play, Worry)

"It was definitely a part of our life. I mean, my mom had both her brothers and her fiancee in Vietnam at the same time, so it wasn't just my dad's story, it was my mom's story too. And we definitely grew up listening to the stories."
- Vanessa Kerry
(Related: Mom, Life, Time, Dad, Brothers, Listening, Vietnam)

"I promised myself that I'd never actually admit to listening to New Kids on the Block."
- Alicia Keys
(Related: Kids, Listening)

"I listen to both oldies and contemporary stations. I enjoy listening to current stuff because there's an energy to it that's inspiring."
- Carole King
(Related: Energy, Inspiring, Listening)

"I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening."
- Larry King
(Related: Day, Listening, Nothing, Will)

"No, it's not a very good story - its author was too busy listening to other voices to listen as closely as he should have to the one coming from inside."
- Stephen King
(Related: Listening)

"When I got to Princeton I made a point of attending the Philosophy Club and listening to the lectures, but I didn't get involved in any discussions in those clubs. I guess after the first year, I dropped that."
- Stephen Cole Kleene
(Related: First, Listening, Philosophy)

"While listening, to things like western swing, for instance, I'd work something out in my head, then play it on my National; not the same song, but one that captured the feeling of the original tune."
- Mark Knopfler
(Related: Work, Feeling, Listening, Play, Song)

"I listen to classical music very much. There's a lot of jazz that I don't enjoy listening to."
- Lee Konitz
(Related: Music, Jazz, Listening)

"People will feel safer around you and speak truthfully to you when they feel you are listening intently to them."
- Brian Koslow
(Related: People, Listening, Will)

"I've woken up from dreams and the whole song is there. I'm listening to it in my dreams. I consciously have to wake myself up and get a tape recorder because I hear it like a record."
- Lenny Kravitz
(Related: Dreams, Listening, Song)

"My dad loved black singers. So listening to New Orleans music, eventually I wanted to play an instrument."
- Bill Kreutzmann
(Related: Dad, Music, Listening, Play)

"So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it."
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
(Related: Being, Feeling, Listening, Words)

"Listening to a news broadcast is like smoking a cigarette and crushing the butt in the ashtray."
- Milan Kundera
(Related: Listening, News, Smoking)

"I fell in love with jazz when I was 12 years old from listening to Duke Ellington and hearing a lot of jazz in New York on the radio."
- Steve Lacy
(Related: Love, Hearing, Jazz, Listening, Old, Years)

"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk."
- Doug Larson
(Related: Wisdom, Listening, Reward, Talk)

"If you listen to really deep ambient records that don't move too much, very still records, long after those records are finished, you might find yourself listening for hours to the sound of the room."
- Bill Laswell
(Related: Deep, Listening, Sound)

"We've finally told the world that this is sports entertainment, and I think one of the best forms of entertainment is anything that's fun or funny, something that you really enjoy watching or listening to."
- Jerry Lawler
(Related: Sports, Funny, Entertainment, Listening, World)

"The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting."
- Fran Lebowitz
(Related: Listening, Talking, Waiting)

"It was by listening to Goodman's band, that I began to notice the guitarist Charlie Christian, who was one of the first musicians to play solos in a big band set-up."
- Alvin Lee
(Related: Christian, First, Listening, Musicians, Play)

"I started off playing the clarinet, after I was inspired by listening to my dad's Benny Goodman records."
- Alvin Lee
(Related: Dad, Listening)

"I've grown so much since 1996. I think that was the turning point of when I started to go to church every Sunday and not just because you're supposed to. But because you enjoy going and listening to the Word and being excited about it."
- Lisa Leslie
(Related: Church, Being, Listening, Word)

"I started listening to music when I wrote when I had three sons at home."
- Philip Levine
(Related: Home, Music, Listening, Sons)

"A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride."
- C. S. Lewis
(Related: Wife, Christian, Eating, Humility, Listening, Lying, Man, Pride, Reading, Sleep, State, Temperance, Thankfulness)

"I've spent the last year listening to Americans, and the state of the union that George W. Bush lives in is very different from the state that most hardworking Americans are living in."
- Joe Lieberman
(Related: Americans, Listening, Living, State)

"Then the early punk rock period with Television and the Ramones. That's what I loved- that's what I was listening to immediately prior to when I started to play."
- Arto Lindsay
(Related: Listening, Play, Punk, Television)

"I want to tap into different styles. Something definitely mature, sultry, sensual, easy listening that everyone can enjoy. Every one of every race and everyone that likes different styles."
- LaToya London
(Related: Listening, Race, Want)

"Well lately I have listening to a lot of movie soundtracks."
- Mike Lowry
(Related: Listening)

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time."
- John Lubbock
(Related: Time, Lie, Clouds, Day, Idleness, Listening, Rest, Sky, Summer, Trees, Waste, Water)

"I actually spend very little time listening to any new music."
- Gary Lucas
(Related: Music, Time, Listening)

"For a child actor, it's a matter of listening, reacting, and being able to put yourself in a new place without being scared."
- Jena Malone
(Related: Actor, Being, Listening)

"To the humblest among them, who may be listening to me now, I want to say that the masterpiece to which you are paying historic homage this evening is a painting which he has saved."
- Andre Malraux
(Related: Evening, Listening, May, Now, Painting, Want)

"I write music people enjoy playing and listening to, and I have a group that loves playing the music."
- Chuck Mangione
(Related: Music, People, Listening)

"I have a 6-year-old, and his thing is to turn on Radio Disney in the car, and I get such an allergic reaction to listening to that music and the context into which it falls. I'm really working on him about that."
- Aimee Mann
(Related: Music, Car, Disney, Listening)

"When you think you're listening to several conversations at once, they tell me, you may really simply be time sharing - that is, listening a little bit to this one, a little bit to that one."
- Murray Gell Mann
(Related: Time, Listening, May, Sharing)

"I get so tired listening to one million dollars here, one million dollars there, it's so petty."
- Imelda Marcos
(Related: Listening)

"Conversely, beware the man who does nothing but ask you questions about yourself and offers no information about himself. Not only is he keeping you at bay, he is probably not listening to your answers."
- Merrill Markoe
(Related: Answers, Information, Listening, Man, Nothing, Questions)

"The lion's share of what I hear right now are people who, intentional or accidental, have avoided all jazz prior to 1960. And all the musicians who were successful in the '60s spent their entire lives, prior to 1960, listening to all the musicians these people avoid."
- Branford Marsalis
(Related: People, Successful, Jazz, Listening, Musicians, Now, Right)

"One of the things that I loved about listening to Miles Davis is that Miles always had an instinct for which musicians were great for what situations. He could always pick a band, and that was the thing that separated him from everybody else."
- Branford Marsalis
(Related: Instinct, Listening, Musicians)

"I wanted to make somebody feel like Coltrane made me feel, listening to it."
- Wynton Marsalis
(Related: Listening)

"I believe that if you're healthy, you're capable of doing everything. There's no one else who can give you health but God, and by being healthy I believe that God is listening to me."
- Pedro Martinez
(Related: Health, God, Being, Listening)

"We're looking to help our guitar buddies do their thing while at the same time we try to create something we might enjoy listening to ourselves. If anything we are trying to develop a vocabulary so we can converse more fluidly."
- Pat Mastelotto
(Related: Time, Guitar, Help, Listening, Trying, Vocabulary)

"I never took sheet music seriously. I could do better myself just by listening to other people and using my own intuition."
- Brian May
(Related: Music, People, Intuition, Listening)

"We spent last night listening to Liverpool football team on the radio, wanting them to win so badly. Paul supports Liverpool. He was Everton for a while because of his family - but it's all Liverpool now."
- Linda McCartney
(Related: Family, Football, Listening, Night, Now)

"I'm so glad this is the last day of these thing, I get so tired of listening to my own voice."
- Catherine McCormack
(Related: Day, Listening, Voice)

"I've got CDs in my car, listening all the time for that next song, because everybody's looking."
- Reba McEntire
(Related: Time, Car, Listening, Song)

"But I like to listen to demos. I like to hear the finished product. It's like listening to a song - I mean, a story. If you're going to sit here and tell me a story, I just like to listen. I don't want to make them up."
- Reba McEntire
(Related: Listening, Song, Want)

"One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Listening, Respect)

"You need to listen to your body because your body is listening to you."
- Phil McGraw
(Related: Body, Listening)

"At the moment I really love listening to the Dave Matthews Band."
- Nancy McKeon
(Related: Love, Listening)

"We do have our finger on the pulse of the marketplace, if for no other reasons than having all these live events and listening to our audience all the time."
- Vince McMahon
(Related: Time, Events, Listening)

"I was listening to all those lyrics and trying to take in everything that was happening. I was completely excited. It was one of the greatest times that I had listening to music."
- Jay McShann
(Related: Music, Listening, Trying)

"Once again I stopped listening to the news this week."
- Donella Meadows
(Related: Listening, News)

"Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand."
- Karl A. Menninger
(Related: Force, Friends, Listening)

"Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how."
- Thomas Merton
(Related: God, Courage, Being, Listening)

"Listening is the key to everything good in music."
- Pat Metheny
(Related: Music, Key, Listening)

"That's my fun time so, to me, doing my homework, studying on what I do, watching the movies, listening to music, all that inspires me so I focus a lot on that and practice."
- Christina Milian
(Related: Time, Movies, Music, Focus, Fun, Listening, Practice)

"Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn."
- Alice Miller
(Related: Empathy, Learning, Listening, Result, Words)

"We managed to put together a compilation that had some creativity to it. In the meantime I was listening to the free radio stations and I noticed that during their war coverage they were playing these songs born out of the Vietnam War that were all critical of the soldiers."
- Joni Mitchell
(Related: War, Creativity, Listening, Soldiers, Songs, Vietnam)

"I certainly don't sit around in the morning making pancakes listening to Whitehouse or anything."
- Thurston Moore
(Related: Listening)

"I don't limit my taste. There's some jazz that I like and there's some opera. I've been listening to what was essentially country music, but it crossed over to rock."
- Rick Moranis
(Related: Music, Country, Country music, Jazz, Listening, Opera, Taste)

"Listening to what people were saying wasn't even important. But it was important to look as if you were listening to what people were saying. Actually, listening to what people are saying, to me, interferes with looking as if you were listening to what people are saying."
- Errol Morris
(Related: People, Listening, Saying)

"Your average pop song or film is a very sophisticated item, with very sophisticated ways of listening and viewing that we have not really consciously developed over the years - because we were having such a good time."
- Paul Muldoon
(Related: Time, Film, Listening, Song, Years)

"When I began listening to saxophones, I was first attracted to Coleman Hawkins."
- Gerry Mulligan
(Related: First, Listening)

"In fact, I heard Bird first, and had got well into listening to him. You know, it's the kind of accidental thing that awareness of a player is: what's available, what somebody happens to play for you."
- Gerry Mulligan
(Related: Awareness, Fact, First, Listening, Play)

"Sticking to your values, listening to your instincts, making your own choices is so important."
- Brittany Murphy
(Related: Values, Choices, Listening)

"I've been listening to a lot of Hollies stuff lately, and it's beginning to sound pretty good to me."
- Graham Nash
(Related: Beginning, Listening, Pretty, Sound)

"My free time at home is usually spent emailing, listening to music, reading and talking on the phone. I wish I was on the phone less, but I have been fortunate to stay in touch with so many incredible friends."
- Steve Nash
(Related: Home, Time, Music, Friends, Listening, Reading, Talking)

"From a very early period of my life I have derived the highest enjoyment from listening to music, especially to melody, which is to me the most pleasing form of composition."
- James Nasmyth
(Related: Life, Music, Enjoyment, Listening)

"Just the act of listening means more than you can imagine to most employees."
- Bob Nelson
(Related: Act, Employees, Listening)

"I'm not performing now. What I do now is listen to music all day long. Listening is very nourishing to me. I might go back to perform, I might make another record. I've got a record half finished."
- Michael Nesmith
(Related: Music, Day, Listening, Now)

"I really like listening to music in my car."
- Aaron Neville
(Related: Car, Music, Listening)

"Oh, the miraculous energy that flows between two people who care enough to get beyond surfaces and games, who are willing to take the risks of being totally open, of listening, of responding with the whole heart. How much we can do for each other."
- Alex Noble
(Related: People, Heart, Being, Care, Energy, Games, Listening, Open)

"There's something to be learned by listening and absorbing and watching before you start telling the people who have been there how to rearrange chairs."
- Anne Northup
(Related: People, Listening)

"People have tremendous power, more than the average person understands, and certainly more than even I understood before I came to Congress. When any of my constituents writes me a letter, I promise you, we're listening."
- Charlie Norwood
(Related: Power, People, Congress, Listening, Promise)

"Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure."
- Henri Nouwen
(Related: Cure, Listening, Meaning, Silence, Words)

"What you're doing is putting into professional play the way that you relate to other people, the way that you analyze and relate to a written text, the way that you would persuade anybody to do anything. It has to do with listening, with humility and a sense of yourself."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: People, Humility, Listening, Play, Sense)

"In a way, I have to have a dictatorship. I can't be told that I'm wrong. That conflicts with what I was saying earlier about listening. It isn't to do with receiving criticism and responding to other views, it's who has that last decision."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: Decision, Criticism, Dictatorship, Listening, Saying, Wrong)

"My access to music when I was growing up was through pirate radio, you know, transistor radio under the pillow, listening to one more and then 'just one more' until your favourite track comes on."
- Robert Palmer
(Related: Music, Growing up, Listening)

"Of all human activities, man's listening to God is the supreme act of his reasoning and will."
- Pope Paul VI
(Related: God, Act, Listening, Man, Will)

"I just love listening to the laughter."
- Simon Pegg
(Related: Love, Laughter, Listening)

"The art of effective listening is essential to clear communication, and clear communication is necessary to management success."
- James Cash Penney
(Related: Art, Success, Management, Communication, Listening)

"One of the most important elements in teaching, conducting, and performing, all three, is listening."
- Itzhak Perlman
(Related: Listening, Teaching)

"There are days when I intentionally don't write. For instance, I never write when I'm traveling, because travel is a situation where I can learn more by looking and listening than by working."
- Thomas Perry
(Related: Travel, Listening, Traveling)

"We've been listening to Wagner, which is so great."
- Bernadette Peters
(Related: Listening)

"When I use the Internet, it's pretty much strictly for music. Checking out other people's web sites, what's going on, listening to music. It's pretty much a musical thing for me."
- Liz Phair
(Related: Music, People, Internet, Listening, Pretty)

"If you want to be listened to, you should put in time listening."
- Marge Piercy
(Related: Time, Listening, Want)

"For that reason you can't write with music playing, and anyone who says he can is either writing badly, or not listening to the music, or lying. You need to hear what you're writing, and for that you need silence."
- Philip Pullman
(Related: Music, Listening, Lying, Reason, Silence, Writing)

"The future is built on brains, not prom court, as most people can tell you after attending their high school reunion. But you'd never know it by talking to kids or listening to the messages they get from the culture and even from their schools."
- Anna Quindlen
(Related: People, Court, Culture, Future, Kids, Listening, School, Schools, Talking)

"My playing started to develop through the Miles Davis stuff I was listening to."
- Robert Quine
(Related: Listening)

"I started listening to and playing other music in the '90s. It was after hearing other bands, like Bad Religion, cover Ramones songs that I started to like our songs again."
- Dee Dee Ramone
(Related: Music, Religion, Hearing, Listening, Songs)

"At the age when Bengali youth almost inevitably writes poetry, I was listening to European classical music."
- Satyajit Ray
(Related: Age, Music, Poetry, Listening, Youth)

"There is something very basic to the sense of listening. The sense of hearing is the only one that operates totally from vibrations, without other physical or chemical reactions to receive the sensations."
- Henry Reed
(Related: Hearing, Listening, Sensations, Sense)

"Music is the most powerful thing on this earth, and it's hard to be angry when you are listening to music."
- Jerry Reed
(Related: Music, Earth, Listening)

"You have to do a lot of listening, you don't just learn out of yourself."
- Ruggiero Ricci
(Related: Listening)

"I remember lying on the floor of the living room with headphones on when I was four or five years old, listening to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack."
- Kevin Richardson
(Related: Listening, Living, Lying, Night, Old, Years)

"All I want to see from an actor is the intensity and accuracy of their listening."
- Alan Rickman
(Related: Accuracy, Actor, Listening, Want)

"I'm kind of looking for something with a lot less action and more talking and listening."
- Brandon Routh
(Related: Action, Listening, Talking)

"One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears by listening to them."
- Dean Rusk
(Related: Listening)

"The best way to persuade people is with your ears - by listening to them."
- Dean Rusk
(Related: People, Listening)

"We are all representatives of the American people. We all do town hall meetings. We all talk to our constituents. And I've got to tell you, the American people are engaged. And if you think they want a government takeover of health care, I would respectfully submit you're not listening to them."
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Government, Health, People, American, Care, Listening, Meetings, Talk, Want)

"I grew up listening to a lot of soul music, and a lot of folk music."
- Katey Sagal
(Related: Music, Soul, Folk, Listening)

"Teens think listening to music helps them concentrate. It doesn't. It relieves them of the boredom that concentration on homework induces."
- Marilyn vos Savant
(Related: Music, Boredom, Listening)

"The minute viewers callin or write about your looks, they were not listening to what you were saying."
- Jessica Savitch
(Related: Listening, Saying)

"When I don't like a piece of music, I make a point of listening to it more closely."
- Florent Schmitt
(Related: Music, Listening)

"I was aiming for the cooks that I've talked to by teaching an online course and by traveling, listening to people who are really busy and harried but want to be cooking."
- Sally Schneider
(Related: People, Cooking, Listening, Teaching, Traveling, Want)

"There is nothing greater than the joy of composing something oneself and then listening to it."
- Clara Schumann
(Related: Joy, Listening, Nothing)

"As far as loneliness, I feel Los Angeles and its layout, having to drive everywhere - it is a lonely place. It's an isolated city in that respect because you're driving to places alone listening to the radio."
- Jason Schwartzman
(Related: Driving, Listening, Loneliness, Lonely, Respect)

"Lately I've been going to all these high schools talking to the students, answering their questions, listening to what they have to say. It has been an incredible journey to be around them and try to give them what my mother gave me."
- Jill Scott
(Related: Mother, Journey, Listening, Questions, Schools, Students, Talking)

"I have been training since 8th grade, but it has to do with listening, more than practice."
- Jill Scott
(Related: Listening, Practice, Training)

"A healthy state encourages many voices - and lots of listening."
- Kathleen Sebelius
(Related: Listening, State)

"I make money using my brains and lose money listening to my heart. But in the long run my books balance pretty well."
- Kate Seredy
(Related: Money, Heart, Balance, Books, Listening, Pretty)

"My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence."
- Edith Sitwell
(Related: Music, Hobbies, Listening, Reading, Silence)

"Lives are changed by a moment's listening to conscience, by a single and quiet inclination of the mind."
- George A. Smith
(Related: Conscience, Listening, Mind, Quiet)

"When you stop learning, stop listening, stop looking and asking questions, always new questions, then it is time to die."
- Lillian Smith
(Related: Time, Learning, Listening, Questions)

"It's just like music when you reckon it up. It's like listening to Pavement it's just The Fall in 1985, isn't it? They haven't got an original idea in their heads."
- Mark E. Smith
(Related: Music, Idea, Listening)

"I'd rather spend my time looking at the sky than listening to Whitney Houston."
- Robert Smith
(Related: Time, Houston, Listening, Sky)

"My horizon on humanity is enlarged by reading the writers of poems, seeing a painting, listening to some music, some opera, which has nothing at all to do with a volatile human condition or struggle or whatever. It enriches me as a human being."
- Wole Soyinka
(Related: Music, Being, Humanity, Listening, Nothing, Opera, Painting, Poems, Reading, Struggle, Writers)

"Music is more than just listening to it. People use the music for them protection at times."
- Burning Spear
(Related: Music, People, Listening, Protection)

"There's nothing worse - I don't like listening to actors talk about the process, especially when - I mean, for me I've played a lot of guys, dudes, boys in a sense and this was a challenge for me just to play that official character."
- Scott Speedman
(Related: Character, Actors, Boys, Challenge, Listening, Nothing, Play, Sense, Talk)

"I remember listening to Cube's music when I was like 14 years old, my friends listening to it up in Toronto."
- Scott Speedman
(Related: Music, Friends, Listening, Old, Years)

"No one knows who is listening, say nothing you would not wish put in the newspapers."
- Charles Spurgeon
(Related: Listening, Newspapers, Nothing)

"Yieldedness is vital in listening to what He has to say."
- Charles Stanley
(Related: Listening)

"Sleep is an excellent way of listening to an opera."
- James Stephens
(Related: Listening, Opera, Sleep)

"I loved my life, but my choices were overloading and overwhelming me. Listening to inner feelings and fulfilling some of these urges when they come along is incredibly important."
- Pamela Stephenson
(Related: Life, Feelings, Choices, Listening)

"Most people read poetry listening for echoes because the echoes are familiar to them. They wade through it the way a boy wades through water, feeling with his toes for the bottom: The echoes are the bottom."
- Wallace Stevens
(Related: Poetry, People, Feeling, Listening, Water)

"My whole life is geared to play guitar. I play what I want when I want and I hope the listener gets as much pleasure listening to the music as I get playing it."
- Jim Sullivan
(Related: Life, Music, Hope, Guitar, Listening, Play, Pleasure, Want)

"My whole mood or sense can change by virtue of the music that I'm listening to. It really does affect me on a visceral and emotional level."
- Kiefer Sutherland
(Related: Change, Music, Virtue, Listening, Sense)

"Trees are Earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven."
- Rabindranath Tagore
(Related: Earth, Effort, Heaven, Listening, Trees)

"Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven."
- Rabindranath Tagore
(Related: Earth, Effort, Heaven, Listening, Trees)

"The storytelling gift is innate: one has it or one doesn't. But style is at least partly a learned thing: one refines it by looking and listening and reading and practice - by work."
- Donna Tartt
(Related: Work, Listening, Practice, Reading, Style)

"No siren did ever so charm the ear of the listener as the listening ear has charmed the soul of the siren."
- Henry Taylor
(Related: Soul, Charm, Listening)

"I suppose because I have a good ear, I could pick out harmonies and learn by ear. I still think that you have to have an ear for music to really be able to feel and understand what you're playing. You can learn by watching and listening to other people."
- Mick Taylor
(Related: Music, People, Listening)

"I was still listening to the Beatles until I came here, you know."
- David Thewlis
(Related: Listening)

"Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind."
- Lewis Thomas
(Related: Music, Work, Effort, Listening, Mind)

"Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn't listening."
- Emma Thompson
(Related: Family, Communication, Listening)

"Indeed - judicious, consistent parenting is a dream of mine. No judgements, learning space and listening carefully are my goals."
- Emma Thompson
(Related: Parenting, Dream, Goals, Learning, Listening, Space)

"We live in a connected world now. Some find that frightening. If people are downloading our music, they're listening to it. The internet is like radio for us."
- Jeff Tweedy
(Related: Music, People, Internet, Listening, Now, World)

"I spent many a summer early morning with the radio very low, half sleeping and half listening."
- Frankie Valli
(Related: Listening, Summer)

"I like to listen to mellow stuff on the road like Travis, as we are constantly surrounded by rock music on tour and so its nice listening to mellow stuff. Obviously back at home I listen to a lot more rock music."
- Ville Valo
(Related: Home, Music, Listening, Road)

"John Coltrane - I've been listening to the 'Trane again. It blows you away, because I know more now and I hear more now and I had a life that I've lived!"
- Alan Vega
(Related: Life, Listening, Now)

"Lately I've been listening to some classical music again, some jazz."
- Alan Vega
(Related: Music, Jazz, Listening)

"So our ears got used to listening to jazz in the place that it was that the bass player could not play. No one really realized it and really addressed it until the bass players who could play their instrument came along and started doing something with it."
- Miroslav Vitous
(Related: Jazz, Listening, Play)

"The big secret in acting is listening to people."
- Eli Wallach
(Related: People, Acting, Listening)

"But nobody is listening to those points. They are just listening to the gossip which is saying that I knew I was positive for all these years because I had a faked test a few years ago."
- Marc Wallice
(Related: Positive, Gossip, Listening, Saying, Years)

"It's a major part of world history that men are trying to kill each other. It's just one slaughter after the other. We talk about it, but no one's really listening."
- Fred Ward
(Related: History, Men, Listening, Talk, Trying, World)

"I enjoy listening to opera at home, occasionally, but I would much rather see it than just listen to it."
- Sam Waterston
(Related: Home, Listening, Opera)

"I've got to start listening to those quiet, nagging doubts."
- Bill Watterson
(Related: Listening, Nagging, Quiet)

"In 1972, I got my first electric bass and started playing the kind of instrument I play now. I found that the majority of musicians couldn't bear that. They are not used to listening to the bass because they think the bass is in the background to support them."
- Eberhard Weber
(Related: First, Listening, Majority, Musicians, Now, Play, Support)

"Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Affliction, Compassion, Listening)

"You can't fake listening. It shows."
- Raquel Welch
(Related: Listening)

"Reading music is like listening to flowers. I don't understand the concept."
- Paul Westerberg
(Related: Music, Flowers, Listening, Reading)

"Listening moves us closer, it helps us become more whole, more healthy, more holy. Not listening creates fragmentation, and fragmentation is the root of all suffering."
- Margaret J. Wheatley
(Related: Listening, Suffering)

"Listening is such a simple act. It requires us to be present, and that takes practice, but we don't have to do anything else. We don't have to advise, or coach, or sound wise. We just have to be willing to sit there and listen."
- Margaret J. Wheatley
(Related: Act, Coach, Listening, Practice, Present, Sound)

"There are many benefits to this process of listening. The first is that good listeners are created as people feel listened to. Listening is a reciprocal process - we become more attentive to others if they have attended to us."
- Margaret J. Wheatley
(Related: People, Benefits, First, Listening)

"It's hard listening to myself."
- Meg White
(Related: Listening)

"Listening to medical facts was not enough. People wanted one hundred percent guarantees."
- Ryan White
(Related: Medical, People, Facts, Listening)

"I have the thermometer in my mouth and I am listening to it all the time."
- William Whitelaw
(Related: Time, Listening)

"One way and another I was having a ball - playing gigs, jamming and listening to fine musicians. Then came a crisis at home. My stepfather fell sick, and it meant I had to support the family."
- Mary Lou Williams
(Related: Family, Home, Crisis, Listening, Musicians, Support)

"I like listening to good music - and I can't stop playing my album."
- Robbie Williams
(Related: Music, Listening)

"I've learned that I get blocked when my subconscious mind is telling me that I've taken the work in a wrong direction, and that once I start listening to what my subconscious is trying to tell me, I can work out the problem and get moving again."
- Walter Jon Williams
(Related: Work, Direction, Listening, Mind, Trying, Wrong)

"Jazz is the last refuge of the untalented. Jazz musicians enjoy themselves more than anyone listening to them does."
- Tony Wilson
(Related: Jazz, Listening, Musicians)

"I hadn't realized the number of people that are still interested in listening to what I am doing, people I would never know about if not for being online."
- Edgar Winter
(Related: People, Being, Listening)

"Everything in writing begins with language. Language begins with listening."
- Jeanette Winterson
(Related: Language, Listening, Writing)

"Writers have to have a knack for listening. I need to be able to hear what is being said to me by the voices I create."
- Jeanette Winterson
(Related: Being, Listening, Writers)

"I think a lot of it had to do with, you know, I was always a daddy's girl. I was always wanting to please him, and I think he was pleased when he'd walk past my room and I was listening to those records."
- Lee Ann Womack
(Related: Listening, Past)

"I was listening to music long before rock 'n roll."
- Bill Wyman
(Related: Music, Listening)