• Paul Rutherford


Updated: Jun 10

"Every man, every woman who has to take up the service of government, must ask themselves two questions: 'Do I love my people in order to serve them better? Am I humble and do I listen to everybody, to diverse opinions in order to choose the best path?' If you don't ask those questions, your governance will not be good."

Pope Francis

"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen."

Ernest Hemingway

“An appreciative listener is always stimulating.”

Agatha Christie

"The key to success is to get out into the store and listen to what the associates have to say."

Sam Walton

“You can't fake listening. It shows.”

Raquel Welch

"Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply."

Stephen Covey

“People love to talk but hate to listen. Listening is not merely not talking, though even that is beyond most of our powers; it means taking a vigorous, human interest in what is being told us. You can listen like a blank wall or like a splendid auditorium where every sound comes back fuller and richer.”

Alice Duer Miller

“You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.”

M. Scott Peck


The above was prompted by the USA election result, and the following comments:

"We journalists made the same mistake the Republicans made, the same mistake the Democrats made. We were too sure of our own influence, too lazy to bother hearing things firsthand..."

Matt Taibbi

"Fire all pundits, predictors, pollsters and anyone else in the media who had a narrative they wouldn’t let go of and refused to listen to or acknowledge what was really going on." Michael Moore

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