Category Archives: HEARING

Beautiful words don’t put porridge in the pot. ~Botswana


Words can be twisted into any shape. Promises can be made to lull the heart and seduce the soul. In the final analysis, words mean nothing. They are labels we give things in an effort to wrap our puny little brains around their underlying natures, when ninety-nine percent of the time the totality of the reality is an entirely different beast. The wisest man is the silent one. Examine his actions. Judge him by them.”

― Karen Marie Moning

A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren’t we like that wise old bird? (Edward Hersey Richards)


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Owl’s chime coursed through the evening like a late

Night telephone call’s bad news. Metronome regular,

My eyes are an ocean in which my dreams are reflected.

Anna M. Uhlich.

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“My reflection said so many things, and as I searched for what it wanted me to hear, I heard nothing. When you don’t even want to be who you are, how do you listen when you try to tell yourself something?”

― Melissa Perea, Seeds of Hate

sometimes when you’re alone that’s the time you can’t hear yourself!”

― Gina Marie G.

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“To learn through listening, practice it naively and actively. Naively means that you listen openly, ready to learn something, as opposed to listening defensively, ready to rebut. Listening actively means you acknowledge what you heard and act accordingly.”

— Betsy Sanders
Former Senior Vice President & General Manager Nordstrom

The fact is, there are no rules and there never were any rules, and there never will be any rules of musical composition except rules of thumb; and thumbs vary in length, like ears.

– George Bernard Shaw Music in London,1890^1894.

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God and your heart both whisper – incline your ear – don’t just learn from your head…”
― John Geddes, A Familiar Rain

We need only obey. There is guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening, we shall hear the right word.–Emerson.


“Owl,’ said Rabbit shortly, ‘you and I have brains. The others have fluff. If there is easy thinking to be done in this Forest – and when I say thinking I mean thinking – you and I must do it.”

― A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner

If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction. ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Let not soft slumber close your eyes, 
Before you've recollected thrice 
The train of action through the day. 
Where have my feet chose out their way? 
What have I learnt, where'er I've been, 
From all I've heard, from all I've seen ? 
What know I more that's worth the knowing?^ 
What have I done that's worth the doing? 

Isaac Watts. 

Every heart has its secret sorrows which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad.

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Dark Secrets

by Jeanine Leane, Wagga Wagga, NSW

They keep us locked away like dark secrets.

Never hearing our cries,

never seeing our misery,

never feeling our hunger


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