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Now I will do nothing but listen… I hear all sounds running together, combined, fused or following, sounds of the city and sounds out of the city, sounds of the day and night.
– Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
Never let the lyric get in the way of the groove.
– Maurice White, cited by Allee Willis
If you want to change the way people think, you can educate them, brainwash them, bribe them, drug them. Or you can teach them a few carefully chosen new words with the power to change the way you see the world (or as the Germans would say, these words might warp your Weltanschauung).
– Howard Rheingold, They Have a Word for It
Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story.
– African Proverb
He aha te kai o te rangatira? He Korero, he korero, he korero. (What is the food of the leader? It is knowledge. It is communication.)
– Maori Proverb
If we don’t engage in constructing a new framework, then we will find ourselves unprepared for dealing with complex, difficult, challenging issues.
– Patrick Dodson
Give people a fun, exciting ‘catch’ activity and use that as the baseline from which more meaningful dialogue can evolve.
– Tom Walter, comment posted on Storytelling Now
Would the people who do not know how to communicate please SHUT UP.
– Tom Lehrer
Attention is scarce — more valuable than cash and rarer than gold. When you get some, embrace it and find out how to get more.
– Chris Brogan and Julien Smith, Trust Economies
To listen well, is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well, and is as essential to all true conversation.
– Chinese Proverb
How do we listen to Earth’s distress call?
– Arthur C Clarke
It’s never too late to pick up the phone.
– Michael Franti, Everyone deserves music
How about we do something more powerful, more meaningful? What if we helped cities express themselves and share their voices? My first thought was to ask the people of Pittsburgh what they want to share with the world. That’s one way to think about it. My next thought was to give them the tools, show them how, and get the most authentic voice.
– Chris Brogan, How Bloggers Can Work With Tourism Boards
Newspapers are just blogs that get ink on your fingers.
– Stephen Colbert
The question of where the money goes is, of course, one of the hardest to pin down with hard, reliable figures because vested interests are either trying to prove it does indeed ‘trickle down’ and benefit everyone in the local community, or that it most certainly doesn’t. But from just talking to many low-level tourism workers around the world – the chambermaids, the taxi drivers, the waiters etc – I must report that the latter seemed to be much nearer the truth. Improving the quality of the data available will clearly help to better answers all of the questions you raise about tourists having the knowledge to book the ‘right’ holiday, or for communities to make the best decisions about how the manage and nurture their destinations.
– Leo Hickman
If you use email, you have a spam filter. You block out the sales pitches, fake information, and random noise that constantly flow toward your inbox. In the coming week, I urge you to expand your concept of what constitutes spam by shielding yourself against all the other junk food for thought that besieges you. Be ruthlessly discerning about the toxins that spew from the radio, TV, Web, newspapers, and magazines. Minimize your contact with narcissists who think ‘conversation’ consists of you soaking up their compulsive self-revelations.
– Rob Brezsny, Free Will Astrology
I have so much information but know not what to do. I could call you on the telephone, but that would be too much for me to do.
– Poi Dog Pondering, Sound of Water
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
– Pablo Picasso
I’m a part of a circle of friends and we notice you don’t come around. I think it all depends on you touching ground with us.
– Eddie Brickel, The Circle
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
– Winston Churchill
Improving communication is often #12 on a 10-point priority list.
When you hang out with Mexicans and you speak Spanish, you are in a different México.
Talk to each other.
– Keb’ Mo’, Peace
When you know you are listened to, everything changes.
Many people want to want to communicate.
We all want freedom of speech, but we all talking at the same time.
– Michael Franti and Spearhead, Yell Fire
Everybody wants to tell their neighbors how to live. But nobody wants to listen to how they feel.
– Michael Franti and Spearhead, Is your love enough, Yell Fire
Why do I want to speak in Spanish when I won’t understand the response?
Erst in der Beschränking zeigt sich der Meister (The real skill is not showing all the data, but in being able to give useful information).
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The voice of the people is the voice of God. (Vox Populi, Vox Dei)
What would you like to communicate?
What are appropriate topics for small talk?
Our critics are our friends, they show us our faults.
– Benjamin Franklin
I believe in all that has not yet been spoken.
– Rainer Maria Rilke
Don’t talk about the weather.
Being strapped for funds — the norm for conservation in Olancho — should never be reason for inaction. Some of the most important and genuinely sustainable projects are extensive conversations which don’t cost anything.
– Mark Bonta, Seven Names for the Bellbird
Who do we need to listen?
– World Bank official, cited in Reflections from the World Bank
Have your say.
– Popular expression
It is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.
– Popular expression, Mexico
Start looking forward to opening the lid of your mailbox again.
– Martin Hughes, Slow Guide Melbourne
El correo es tuyo ¡úsalo!
When you greet a stranger, look at his shoes.
We’ll bookmark that page.
Your thoughts are not automatically in other people’s heads.
The challenge of ‘thinking outside the box’ is communicating with others.
If the earth spoke, would we listen?
Let’s give them something to talk about.
– Bonnie Raitt
When a man is deprived of the power of expression, he will express himself in a drive for power.
– José Arguelles, quoted in Original Blessing
What are the things we don’t talk about?
A conversation occurs when two or more people listen to each other over time.
Conversations are blessings.
Knock three times on the ceiling.
– Tony Orlando
What life by yonder window breaks? It speaks and yet says nothing.
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Don’t hide your light under a bushel.
– Jesus, Sermon on the Mount