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    An essential part of true listening is the discipline of bracketing, the temporary giving up or setting aside of one's own prejudices, frames of reference and desires so as to experience as far as possible the speaker's world from the inside, step in inside his or her shoes. This unification of speaker and listener is actually and extension and enlargement of ourselves, and new knowledge is always gained from this. Moreover, since true listening involves bracketing, a setting aside of the self, it also temporarily involves a total acceptance of the other. Sensing this acceptance, the speaker will fell less and less vulnerable and more and more inclined to open up the inner recesses of his or her mind to the listener. As this happens, speaker and listener begin to appreciate each other more and more, and the duet dance of love is begun again. -M. Scott Peck.

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It is only by closing the ears of the soul, or by listening too intently to the clamors of the read more

It is only by closing the ears of the soul, or by listening too intently to the clamors of the sense, that we become oblivious of their utterances.

by Alexander Crummell Found in: Listening Quotes,
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Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf. -Native American.

Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf. -Native American.

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Listen. Don't explain or justify.

Listen. Don't explain or justify.

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A good listener is usually thinking about something else.

A good listener is usually thinking about something else.

by Kin Hubbard Found in: Listening Quotes,
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It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all.

It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all.

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A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something.

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something.

by Wilson Mizner Found in: Listening Quotes,
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We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.

We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.

by Diogenes Found in: Listening Quotes,
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You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time. -M. Scott Peck.

You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time. -M. Scott Peck.

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Well done is better than well said. -Unknown.

Well done is better than well said. -Unknown.

by Unknown Found in: Listening Quotes,
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