Listening Quotes – Praying Quotes

Listening Quotes – Praying Quotes

mother teresa quoteSilence is essentially a surrender to the holiness of the divine mystery. – Sister Wendy

Listen that you may live. – Isaiah

It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen. – Oliver Wendall Holmes

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Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. – Winston Churchill

The silence of prayer is the silence of listening. – Elizabeth O’Connor

The more faithfully you listen to the voice within you, the better you will hear what is sounding outside. Only he who listens can speak. – Dag Hammarskold

People don’t listen to understand. They listen to reply. The collective monologue is everyone talking and no one listening. – Stephen Covey

Everyone is God speaking. Why not be polite and listen to Him? – Hafiz


Try to listen carefully that you might not have to speak. – Quaker saying

When you are deeply contemplative, you listen more carefully and understand things which cannot be articulated. – David A. Cooper

You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts. – Kahlil Gibran

The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than about what others are saying, and we never listen when we are eager to speak.– La Rochefoucauld


Every moment I spend training myself to inner listening is like digging a well, deeper and deeper, toward the source of replenishment that never goes dry. – Joanne Blum, PhD

In music we gain a sense of rhythm through the absence of sound. A similar process occurs in communication between two people. – Sheldon Roth

He who speaks does not know, he who knows does not speak. – Anonymous


“Listening in dialogue is listening more to meaning than to words . . .In true listening, we reach behind the words, see through them, to find the person who is being revealed. Listening is a search to find the treasure of the true person as revealed verbally and nonverbally. There is the semantic problem, of course. The words bear a different connotation for you than they do for me. Consequently, I can never tell you what you said, but only what I heard. I will have to rephrase what you have said, and check it out with you to make sure that what left your mind and heart arrived in my mind and heart intact and without distortion.”

– John Powell, Theologian

We need silence to be able to touch souls. – Mother Theresa

Listen as though your life depended on it. It does. – The Art of Pilgrimage

Listening – the language of love for everyone. – Anonymous

The whole course of things goes to teach us faith. We need only obey. There is guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening we shall hear the right word…. Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which flows into you as life, place yourself in the full center of that flood, then you are without effort impelled to truth, to right, and a perfect contentment. — Series I. Spiritual Laws Ralph Emerson

Grant that we may not so much seek to be understood as to understand. – Saint Francis of Assisi  

I pray on the principle that wine knocks the cork out of a bottle. There is an inward fermentation, and there must be a vent. ~Henry Ward Beecher

God punishes us mildly by ignoring our prayers and severely by answering them. ~Richard J. Needham

When we pray to God we must be seeking nothing – nothing. ~Saint Francis of Assisi

“Give us this day our daily bread” is probably the most perfectly constructed and useful sentence ever set down in the English language. ~P.J. Wingate

Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. ~Søren Kierkegaard

No one is a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil; not that he practices it, but he suffers from it. ~Guy H.

Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble. ~Philip Melanchthen

Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines. ~Satchel Paige, 1974

The value of consistent prayer is not that He will hear us, but that we will hear Him. ~William McGill

Prayer may not change things for you, but it for sure changes you for things. ~Samuel M. Shoemaker

Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and he’ll starve to death while praying for a fish. ~Author Unknown

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. ~Frederick Douglass, escaped slave

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” Jesus

Practical prayer is harder on the soles of your shoes than on the knees of your trousers. ~Austin O’Malley

As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools. ~Author Unknown  

We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties. ~Oswald Chambers

follow your dreams When at night you cannot sleep, talk to the Shepherd and stop counting sheep. ~Author Unknown

When a man is at his wits’ end it is not a cowardly thing to pray, it is the only way he can get in touch with Reality. ~Oswald Chambers

Many people pray as if God were a big aspirin pill; they come only when they hurt. ~B. Graham Dienert

Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God. ~Author Unknown

Prayer is not merely an occasional impulse to which we respond when we are in trouble: prayer is a life attitude. ~Walter A. Mueller

The Lord’s Prayer may be committed to memory quickly, but it is slowly learnt by heart.  ~Frederick Denison Maurice

If you would lift me you must be on higher ground. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs. — The Conduct of Life. Considerations by the Way