Listening Proverbs

Sayings about Hearing & Listening

Listening to good advice is the way to wealth. ~ Iranian Proverb

Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue; to the end we should hear and see more than we speak. ~ Greek Proverb

Better to hear curses than to be pitied. ~ Yiddish Proverb

Give your ears to words but do not give your words to ears. ~ Hindustani Proverb

Listen with one ear; be suspicious with the other. ~ Laotian Proverb

Before you let your voice be heard, first lick your lips. ~ Indonesian Proverb

I hear and I forget, I see and I remember. I do and I understand. ~Chinese Proverbs

Eat what is cooked; listen to what is said. ~Russian Proverbs

Never listen to these three advisers: wine, the night, and love. ~German Proverbs

A good bell is heard from far, a bad one still further. ~Finnish Proverbs

Of listening children have your fears, for little pitchers have great ears. ~Dutch Proverbs

He who comes from afar may lie without fear of contradiction as he is sure to be listened to with the utmost attention. ~French Proverbs

If a woman hears that something unusual is going on in heaven, she would find a ladder to go and look. ~ Armenian Proverb

A man who cries all the time is not heard. ~ African Proverb

If you can’t get people to listen to you any other way, tell them it’s confidential. ~ Traditional Proverb

Kings have many ears and eyes. ~ Traditional Proverb

All men have three ears, one on the left of his head, one on the right and one in his heart. ~Armenian Proverbs

“I heard” is good; “I saw” is better. ~ Chinese Proverb

Who is blind, dumb and deaf will live a peaceful life of a hundred years. ~ Sicilian Proverb

It is useless to knock at the door of a deaf man. ~Greek Proverbs

Truth is for the ears what smoke is for the eyes and vinegar for the tongue. ~ German Proverb

Neither reprove nor flatter your wife where people hear or see it. ~ Dutch Proverb

A wise man hears one word and understands two. ~ Yiddish Proverb

Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout. ~Irish Proverbs

Mothers-in-law are fine so long as they are deaf and blind. ~ Yiddish Proverb

He who prays for his neighbors will be heard for himself. ~ Hebrew Proverb

Too many words blacken your ears. ~ Burundi Proverb

What is told in the ear of a man is often heard a hundred miles away. ~ Chinese Proverb

When the big bells ring, the little bells are not heard. ~ Yugoslavian Proverb

Who talks little hears better. ~ Russian Proverb

When big bells ring, little ones are not heard. ~ Serbian Proverb

In a good family the husband is deaf and the wife blind. ~ French Proverb

What the child says, he has heard at home. ~ Nigerian Proverb

Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf. ~ Native American Proverb

If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words. ~ Chinese Proverb

With one ear he hears, and with the other he dismisses. ~ Iranian Proverb

A deaf man may not have heard the thunder but he surely will see the rain. ~ Malian Proverb

The more you listen the more you give yourself room for doubt. ~ Mongolian Proverb

Listen with both ears, but speak with only one tongue. ~ Turkish Proverb

In heaven you won’t hear the mosquitoes. ~ Finnish Proverb

Ask no questions and hear no lies. ~ Traditional Proverb

Talk of the devil and you hear his bones rattle. ~ Dutch Proverb

When we sing everybody hears us, when we sigh nobody hears us. ~ Russian Proverb

One eye is a better witness than two ears. ~ Danish Proverb

When you’ve heard it you must see it; when you’ve seen it make a judgment with your heart. ~ Laotian Proverb

A powerful man has big ears. ~ Japanese Proverb

God hears things upside down. ~ Lebanese Proverb

If a man would live in peace, he should be blind, deaf, and dumb. ~ Persian Proverb

When the ear does not hear the eye will see better. ~ Guyanese Proverb

Listeners never hear good of themselves. ~ Traditional Proverb

You hear little from the drummer that is paid in advance. ~ French Proverb

Believe your servants but do not listen to them. ~ Chinese Proverb

It is easier to make a camel jump a ditch than to make a fool listen to reason. ~ Kurdish Proverb

The whisper of a pretty girl can be heard further off than the roar of a lion. ~ Arabian Proverb

An empty stomach will not listen to anything. ~ Spanish Proverb

A happy man does not hear the clock strike. ~ German Proverb

Eyes trust themselves, ears trust others. ~ German Proverb

Even the night has ears. ~ Tanzanian Proverb

Keep your ears wider and your mouth narrower. ~ Russian Proverb

You cannot reason with a hungry belly; it has no ears. ~ Greek Proverb

The wise person has long ears and a short tongue. ~ German Proverb

A good orator makes us see with our ears. ~ Arabian Proverb

He who listens to a proposition is already half sold. ~ German Proverb

From listening comes wisdom, and from speaking repentance. ~ Italian Proverb

When one shuts one eye, one does not hear everything. ~ Swiss Proverb

A prince without ears to listen has no head to govern. ~ German Proverb

It is folly to sing twice to a deaf man. ~ English Proverb

He who is struck by the lightning doesn’t hear the thunder. ~ Hungarian Proverb

You only hear three voices in this world: the babbling of the stream, Jewish law, and money. ~ Palestinian Proverb

The word that is heard perishes, but the letter that is written remains. ~ Traditional Proverb

Pray for revenge, and God will turn a deaf ear. ~ Russian Proverb

Not everything you hear is good for conversation. ~ Jamaican Proverb

The quarrel that doesn’t concern you is pleasant to hear about. ~ Nigerian Proverb

Whoever shuts his ears at the cry of the poor, they also shall cry themselves, but not be heard. ~ Bible

If the pocket is empty, the judge is deaf. ~ Russian Proverb

Ears do not grow higher than the head. ~ Russian Proverb

You have two ears, but you never hear words twice. ~ Surinamese Proverb

A healthy ear can stand hearing sick words. ~ Senegalese Proverb

Ears are usually uninvited guests. ~ African Proverb

Never whisper to the deaf or wink at the blind. ~ Slovenian Proverb

Day has its eyes, night has its ears. ~ Japanese Proverb

And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. ~ Bible

A deaf man heard how a mute told that a blind man has seen how a cripple walked. ~ Yiddish Proverb

I am talking to you, daughter-in-law, so that you could hear it, neighbor! ~ Egyptian Proverb

Do not tell all that you know, don’t believe all you hear, and don’t do all that you can. ~ Portuguese Proverb

Daughters may be seen but not heard. ~ Dutch Proverb

Walls have mice and mice have ears. ~ Iranian Proverb

If you close one eye, you will not hear everything. ~ Swiss Proverb

Woods have ears and fields have eyes. ~ Dutch Proverb

Believe nothing of what you hear, and only half of what you see. ~ Traditional Proverb

To live in peace one must be blind, deaf, and mute. ~ Turkish Proverb

Do not sigh, for your enemy will hear and rejoice. ~ Yemeni Proverb

If the peasant doesn’t hear the thunder he won’t make the sign of the cross. ~ Russian Proverb

It is better to trust the eyes rather than the ears. ~ German Proverb

Slander by the stream will be heard by the frogs. ~ Mozambican Proverb

The ears do not lose their interest. ~ Namibian Proverb

To sing to the deaf, to talk with the dumb, and to dance for the blind are three foolish things. ~ Indian Proverb

Listening well is as powerful as talking well, and is also as essential to true conversation. ~ Chinese Proverb

There are none so deaf as those who will not hear advice. ~ Sanskrit Proverb

One good punch on your enemy’s nose, gives more pleasure than hearing well-meaning advice from your elders. ~ Tibetan Proverb

Do not buy with your ears but with your eyes. ~ Czech Proverb

Once a word has been uttered it belongs to those who hear it. ~ Montenegro Proverb

Even the sharpest ear cannot hear an ant singing. ~ Sudanese Proverb

Walls have ears, bottles have mouths. ~ Japanese Proverb

What children heart heir parents say by the fireside, they repeat in the highway. ~ Spanish Proverb

Those that rule must hear and be deaf, must see and be blind. ~ German Proverb

The earth has ears, the wind has a voice. ~ Turkish Proverb

A woman listens only to the advice of a fool. ~ African Proverb

I’m talking to the door, but I want the walls to hear me. ~ Afghan Proverb

Those that will not hear must be made to feel. ~ German Proverb

Conversation is the food of the ears. ~ Trinidadian Proverb

No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen. ~ Jewish Proverb

The back has to pay for what the ears didn’t hear. ~ Finnish Proverb

Even flies have ears. ~ Tanzanian Proverb

Children will tell you what they do, men what they think and older people what they have seen and heard. ~ Gypsy Proverb

If “How are you?” cost a cent, few would hear it. ~ Jamaican Proverb

When the government has no ears to listen with, then she has no head for governing. ~ Danish Proverb

A man with two ears can be supported by two words. ~ Egyptian Proverb

Money has no ears but it hears; no legs but it walks. ~ Japanese Proverb

Listen to the wisdom of the toothless ones. ~ Fijian Proverbs

He promised me earrings, but then only pierced my ears. ~ Arabian Proverb

When a woman talks to you, smile but do not listen. ~ Chinese Proverb

Ears have no covers. ~ Creole Proverb

Never tell your friends what your enemy may not hear. ~ Arabian Proverb

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