On Listening & Diversity, Part Deux

December 21, 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. 

  • No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen. — Jewish Proverb
  • It is easier to make a camel jump a ditch than to make a fool listen to reason. — Kurdish Proverb
  • Keep quiet and people will think  you a philosopher. — Latin Proverb
  • Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf. — Native American Proverb
  • Listening to a liar is like drinking warm water. — Native American Proverb
  • Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand. — Native American Proverb
  • Words must be weighed, not counted. — Polish Proverb
  • Eat what is cooked; listen to what is said. — Russian Proverb
  • God will listen to you whatever cloak you wear. — Spanish Proverb
  • Don’t speak unless you can improve on the silence. — Spanish Proverb
  • When one shuts one eye, one does not hear everything. — Swiss Proverb
  • Listen a hundred times; ponder a thousand times; speak once. — Turkish Proverb
  • How many will listen to the truth when you tell them? — Yiddish Proverb
  • Don’t judge a man by the words of his mother, listen to the comments of his neighbors. — Yiddish Proverb
  • The devil comes to us in our hour of darkness, but we do not have to let him in. And we do not have to listen either… — Yiddish Proverb
  • Knock on the sky and listen to the sound. — Zen saying
  • What the poor man says is not listened to. — Zulu Proverb

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