"Where there is peace, God is." ~George Herbert

"Carve your blessings in stone." ~Anon
"I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again." ~William Penn
"Dictum sapienti sat est - A word to a wise person is sufficient." ~Cicero Ovid Seneca

"Words pulsate in the veins of my pen"™Leah C. Dancel

2/5/13

Quotes on COMMUNICATION, SPEAKING, LISTENING and VOICE

Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak. ~James 1:19

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy."
~Proverbs 31:8-9

"God speaks to those who take time to listen and He listens to those who take time to pray." ~Anon
"Always remember there are certain people who set their watches by your clock." ~Anon

"Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak." ~Epictetus

"He that speaks much, is much mistaken." ~Benjamin Franklin

"I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little more as I grow older." ~Catherine Bowen

"If someone planted an acorn in front of your house for every kind word you ever spoke and chopped down a tree for every unkind word, would your garden be a forest or a desert? ~Anon

"It is terrible to speak well and be wrong." ~Sophocles

"Speak quietly to yourself and promise there will be better days. Whisper gently to yourself and provide assurance that you really are extending your best effort. Console your bruised and tender spirit with reminders of many other successes. Offer comfort in practical and tangible ways — as if you were encouraging your dearest friend. Recognize that on certain days the greatest grace is that the day is over and you get to close your eyes. Tomorrow comes more brightly." ~Mary Anne Radmacher

"Speak the truth lovingly and persistently, and then trust God to move on the hearts of those who are in error." ~ Anon

"The next time you are with someone, try to gauge what they are feeling. Don’t just listen to their words, look deep inside to see if you can get a handle on what they are feeling. Read between the lines. Look past the words. Practice Active Listening. It can work miracles" ~Neale Donald Walsch

"There is no substitute for speaking your mind-be generous with your honesty." ~Anon

"When I converse with a profound mind, or if at any time being alone I have good thoughts, I do not at once arrive at satisfactions , as when, being thirsty, I drink water, or go to the fire, being cold: no! but I am first apprised of my vicinity to a new and excellent region of life. By persisting to read or to think, this region gives further sign of itself, as it were in flashes of light, in sudden discoveries of its profound beauty and repose, as if the clouds that covered it parted at intervals, and showed the approaching traveller the inland mountains, with the tranquil eternal meadows spread at their base, whereon flocks graze, and shepherds pipe and dance." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"When we speak, in gestures or signs, we fashion a real object in the world; the gesture is seen, the words and the song are heard." ~~Alain [Emile-Auguste Chartier] (1868-1951), French philosopher

"When you speak something you are breathing life into what you are saying, either good or bad." ~Billy Cox Motivation

"Words spoken in love need no interpreter." ~Our Daily Bread


LISTENING

"Anytime we can listen to true self and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch." ~Parker J. Palmer

"Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble." ~Frank

"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper." ~Robert Frost

"Good listening is the key to developing fresh insights and ideas that fuel success." ~ Bernard Ferrari, author of Power Listening: Mastering the Most Critical Business Skill of Alt

"Haven't you been listening to your inner-voice? Be honest, your gut has been screaming but you have been ignoring it. How much more of your life are you going to throw-away for a lie? Accept it. Some people never change. Some people have abusive, negative, controlling tendencies in their blood; they are wired for havoc, bickering and deception. They know of no other way to interface with others except through their created chaos. Chaos is their home-court advantage where they play their mind-games so they can have power over you; it's a rigged game you can never win. They will wear you ragged and bring you to your knees emotionally and physically. In time they will destroy every wonderful thing you have in your life. You are in danger: your health, your peace of mind, your happiness and maybe even your life. There is more than one way to lose your life; quickly through violence, or fettered-away and wasted around dreadful, toxic people. You must take control of your life and make good decisions for yourself. The insanity must end, for your sake and for theirs." ~Bryant McGill

“I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” ~from THE CHOSEN by Chaim Potok

"If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen." ~Loretta Girzartis

"If you're really listening, if you're awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold evermore wonders." ~Andrew Harvey

"If you listen, you can hear Mother Earth speaking." ~A.D. Williams

"Listen to the quiet of your heart. It wants to share deep truths that cannot be understood through words." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"Listen to your heart, it seeks more love.
Listen to your body, it seeks more care.
Listen to your mind, it seeks more truth.
Listen to your soul, it seeks more peace."
~A.D. Williams

"Listen with ears of tolerance.
See through the eyes of compassion.
Speak with the language of love."
~Rumi

"Listen without defending. Speak without offending." ~Anon (Sunday Herald)

"Listening is a primitive act of love in which a person gives him- or herself to another's word, making oneself accessible and vulnerable to that word." ~ William Stringfellow

"Listening is a very active awareness of the coming together of at least two lives. Listening, as far as I'm concerned, is certainly a prerequisite of love. One of the most essential ways of saying 'I love you' is being a receptive listener." ~Fred Rogersg

"Listening...the most important part of a conversation." ~Unattributed

"Listening may be the most important thing you do today." ~Our Daily Bread

"Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice." ~Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

"One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say." ~Bryant McGill

“One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other's stories.” ~Rebecca Falls on Inspirational

"Really listening and suspending one's own judgment is necessary in order to understand other people on their own terms. As we have noted, this is a process that requires trust and builds trust." ~Mary Field Belenky

"The act of listening is reflecting back the person’s emotional state, not necessarily the content of what they’re saying." ~ Dr. Albert J. Bernstein, a clinical psychologist

"The earth has music for those who listen." ~George Santayana

"The first duty of love is to listen." ~Paul Tillich

"The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists of listening to them." ~Dietrich Bonfoeffer

"The most important marriage skill is listening to your partner in a way that they can't possibly doubt that you love them." ~Diane Sollee

"There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen." ~Rumi

"There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it." ~Judith McNaught, Remember When

"When you listen generously to people they can hear the truth in themselves, often for the first time." ~Rachel Naomi Remen

"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk." ~Doug Larson

"You'll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart." ~George Michael


VOICE

"Arrogance, egotism, jealousy, and craving for fame can lead spiritual seekers astray from their true spiritual path." ~Dr. Susan Shumsky

"In the silence of nature you hear your own voice." ~Sarah Willoughby



OTHERS

"A conversation requires a balance between talking and listening, and somewhere along the way, we lost that balance." ~Celeste Headlee

"A fearful man is always hearing things." ~Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

"A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity." ~Buddha

"Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the life you've always imagined." ~Anon

"God speaks to those who take time to listen and He listens to those who take time to pray." ~Anon

"I learned early on that setting a table is so much more than just laying down knives and forks. It is creating a setting for food and conversation, setting a mood and an aura that lingers long after what was served and who said what was forgotten" ~Peri Wolfman

"If you tend to hesitate or step over bringing up difficult issues or having the “tough” conversations, the relationship is not going to work anyway! Part of loving and honoring yourself is speaking up. But when is the right time to do that? My rule of thumb is this: if it is on your mind, it’s worth talking about." ~Suzanne Muller-Heinz

"Part of being a Master is learning how to sing in nobody's voice but your own." ~Hugh Macleod

"In Digong's speech, I was speechless. Everything I want to hear he had said. He is truly the voice of the voiceless." ~Arsenio Antonio, July 24, 2017, SONA2

"People who use computers to communicate, form friendships that sometimes form the basis of communities, but you have to be careful to not mistake the tool for the task and think that just writing words on a screen is the same thing as real community." ~Harold Rheingold

"She dances to the songs in her head, speaks with the rhythm of her heart, and loves from the depths of her soul." ~Dean Jackson

"Talking much is a sign of vanity, for the one who is lavish with words is cheap in deeds." ~Sir Walter Raleigh

"The beautiful voice within your heart will always speak louder than any thunder roaring around you." ~Robert Clancy

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

"The more sympathy you give, the less you need." ~Anon

"The mouth is made for communication, and nothing is more articulate than a kiss." ~J. Kintz

"The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action." ~Confucius

“Writing is the painting of the voice; the closer the resemblance, the better it is” ~Voltaire

"You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it is better to listen to what it has to say." ~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


VERSES

"If speech is silver
Silence is gold
When you must speak
Speak a few words
Speak sweetly and softly
That is the way
To reach a listener's heart." ~Anon

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