Compiled by Mia Inderbitzin

It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

It seemed rather incongruous that in a society of supersophisticated communication, we often suffer from a shortage of listeners.
—Erma Bombeck

It’s good to shut up sometimes.
—Marcel Marceau

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
—Blaise Pascal

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
—Dr. Joyce Brothers

Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.
—Epictetus

People say conversation is a lost art; how often I have wished it were.
—Edward R. Murrow

The colossal misunderstanding of our time is the assumption that insight will work with people who are unmotivated to change. Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard. People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them. Even words lose their power when they are used to overpower. Attitudes are the real figures of speech.
—Edwin H. Friedman

Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.
—Mother Teresa

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
—Ernest Hemingway

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
—Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.
—Hubert H. Humphrey

There is more than a verbal tie between the words common, community, and communication....
Try the experiment of communicating, with fullness and accuracy, some experience to another,
especially if it be somewhat complicated, and you will find your own attitude toward your experience changing.
—John Dewey

Argument is the worst sort of conversation.
—Jonathan Swift

The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
—Joseph Priestley

Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.
—Kin Hubbard

We are healed of a suffering only by expressing it to the full.
—Marcel Proust

One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little.
They act impulsively without thinking.
I always try to think before I talk.
—Margaret Chase Smith

Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right.
—Marie Ebner von Eschenbach

I quote others only in order the better to express myself.
—Michel de Montaigne

Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.
—Pearl S. Buck

The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen.
Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention….
A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most
well-intentioned words.
—Rachel Naomi Remen

Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.
—Robert Greeleaf

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding,
intimacy and mutual valuing.
—Rollo May

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
—Rudyard Kipling