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On Listening & Diversity, Part One

December 20, 2007

As you read through the listening proverbs from around the globe, choose one or two quotations that you think are particularly insightful. You may wish to focus on those from your ethnic heritage, if you desire. 

  • Examine what is said, not him who speaks. — Arabian Proverb
  • A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away. — Arabian Proverb
  • Who speaks, sows; Who listens, reaps — Argentine Proverb
  • If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words. — Chinese Proverb
  • To be heard, there are times you must be silent. — Chinese Proverb
  • Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose, but, follow no one absolutely. — Chinese Proverb
  • You talked when you should have listened. — Chinese Proverb
  • Listen to what they say of the others and you will know what they say about you. — Cuban Proverb
  • Listening looks easy, but it’s not simple. Every head is a world. — Cuban Proverb
  • Advise and counsel him; if he does not listen, let adversity teach him. — Ethiopian Proverb
  • It is a stupid goose that listens to the fox preach. — French Proverb
  • He who would rule must hear and be deaf, see and be blind. — German Proverb
  • The wise man has long ears and a short tongue. — German Proverb
  • The beginning of wisdom is silence.  The second stage is listening. — Hebrew saying
  • Listening to good advice is the way to wealth. — Iranian Proverb
  • Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout. — Irish Proverb
  • Dance as if no one were watching; sing as if no one were listening; and live everyday as if it were your last. — Irish Proverb
  • From listening comes wisdom, and from speaking repentance. — Italian Proverb
  • Where there is no antagonist, you cannot quarrel. — Japanese Proverb

Stay tuned for more listening proverbs from around the globe.

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One comment

  1. Beautifully done! 🙂



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