Listening Quotes

I’m a huge hip hop fan going way back, like, back to ’83. I had my Gemini mixer listening to Run-DMC and Kurtis Blow.

— Adam McKay

When I talk, it shouldn’t just be black girls listening.

— Alek Wek

How we absorb music is unique. I know what I do. When I’m listening to music, I tend to find myself in a song. That’s what really makes you connect is if you feel what that song is saying.

— Amy Grant

Growing up in a house where there was a lot of different musical influences – my mom listens to soul stuff and Top 40, my sisters would listen to hip-hop – and the church, I grew up listening to a lot of gospel stuff. So I think that plays a role in how I make music now because my music has a lot of range. I don’t just do one thing.

— Anderson Paak

When I heard Billie Holiday’s voice, Nina Simone’s and Ella Fitzgerald’s – there was something about their voices to me that was such a different texture than what I was used to listening to at the time. Hearing those jazz voices were so different, and I think I just gravitated toward it.

— Andra Day

What is certain is that singing is not merely modulating a song by means of the voice: we sing and we celebrate the beauty that we can grow and live every day. If you want to sing and give emotions to those who are listening, you must have something to tell through your singing you have to use singing like an instrument to tell something.

— Andrea Bocelli

In singing, you cannot ‘cheat’ if you want to give emotions to those who are listening. You must have something to tell.

— Andrea Bocelli

My real passion is for opera. It was born and developed by listening to records, and my dream as a child was to record entire operas when I grew up, and this dream came true.

— Andrea Bocelli

Applause, it’s very nice, of course. But when you’re giving, and creating, and then there is the silence of everyone sitting there, listening, waiting, that is great.

— Anna Netrebko

Frank Sinatra was a great singer, but my favourite is Sammy Davis Jr. He had incredible versatility in his voice, often doing impressions of people. It’s always going to be classic, and you’ll never get bored listening.

— Anton du Beke

Listening to Chris Moyles on Radio 1 is the most miserable thing any human being can do, but attending awards ceremonies isn’t far behind.

— Arthur Smith

As athletes, we love to say, ‘Just one more I’m going to figure it out on this next one.’ It’s tough to pull back the reins and do what is smart physically, listening to your body and always ending a workout or session feeling like I could have done more.

— Ashton Eaton

Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the thing you can’t hear, and not bothering.

— A. A. Milne

I grew up on Bach and Beethoven, and now I’m listening to more modern composers who I can’t even name. But since I’m constantly doing music, it’s difficult to have that quality time to listen to music and do classical stuff.

— A. R. Rahman

I’m into heavy duty, psychedelic, foreign music. That’s what I like listening to.

— Action Bronson

Anything that catches my ear, I’m into. Things that are different, that change what you’re listening to.

— Action Bronson

Everyone is trying to make these huge songs I just make things that I want to listen to. Music that I will be comfortable listening to 10 years from now, that’s my only thing.

— Action Bronson

Billy Joel is an incredible musician. He just feels like one of the guys, you know. I grew up listening to his music.

— Action Bronson

Parents become very good at not hearing the explicit words and listening instead to what the child means but doesn’t yet know how to say: ‘I’m lonely, in pain, frightened’ – distress which then unfairly comes out as an attack on the safest, kindest, most reliable thing in the child’s world: the parent.

— Alain de Botton

Since I am me, I find it very difficult to judge how fascinating listening to my nasal, heavily-accented drone for two hours would be to somebody who wasn’t me.

— Alan Moore

Way back in the day, when I first started and had delusions of adequacy as a cartoonist, I would listen to music. When I switched to a career as a writer, I would try to listen to music, but if the songs had lyrics they would get in the way of the words I was trying to write. So I switched to listening to purely instrumental pieces.

— Alan Moore

I wrote several articles criticizing psychoanalysis, but the analysts weren’t listening to my objections. So I finally quit after practicing it for six years.

— Albert Ellis

If you’re listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you’re a bigger moron than they are.

— Alice Cooper

The late sixties and early seventies were kind of a breeding ground for exciting new sounds because easy listening and folk were kind of taking over the airwaves. I think it was a natural next step to take that blissful, easy-going sound and strangle the life out of it.

— Alice Cooper

When I started to work in Hollywood at a fairly low level delivering scripts around town, listening to AM talk radio, I at first listened to it as a novelty.

— Andrew Breitbart

Well, Babyface brings his savoir faire to every project. He’s a very easy producer to work with, very detailed in listening to everything.

— Aretha Franklin

I loved going to church. I enjoyed being a part of the choir and just doing things in and around the church. But as a young girl, I certainly enjoyed watching and listening to my dad.

— Aretha Franklin

Children crave routine and find listening to the same stories over and over again soothing. If you’ve grown weary of the holiday books you’ve read your kid 7,883 times, try adding ‘dude’ to the end of every line of dialogue.

— Adam Mansbach

Lately I’ve been listening to some classical music again, some jazz.

— Alan Vega

John Coltrane – I’ve been listening to the ‘Trane again. It blows you away, because I know more now and I hear more now and I had a life that I’ve lived!

— Alan Vega

For me the march was a labor – a labor of love – but I was busy handing out flyers for the National Association of Black Social Workers, so I really wasn’t standing in the crowd listening and observing. I was busy.

— Andre Braugher

My dad has always been a big Ray Charles fan, and I’ve grown up listening to all kinds of music.

— Avicii

When it comes to electronic music, I started listening to a lot of Daft Punk, way before I knew what house music was, and then progressed into a lot of Steve Angello, Eric Prydz, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Laidback Luke.

— Avicii

Most writers spend their lives standing a little apart from the crowd, watching and listening and hoping to catch that tiny hint of despair, that sliver of malice, that makes them think, ‘Aha, here is the story.’

— Ayelet Waldman

What honour have we got left, when nobody is listening to us?

— Abu Bakar Bashir

Fifty years from now, people will still be listening to Led Zeppelin. They won’t even remember me.

— Ahmet Ertegun

I strongly encourage listening to the radio to hear something you haven’t heard before. It’s a very healthy thing to do. It’s strange: unless you reload your iPods every couple of weeks, you’re listening to and recycling the same music all of the time. I’m serious. Listen to your radio station.

— Alvin Lee

It was by listening to Goodman’s band, that I began to notice the guitarist Charlie Christian, who was one of the first musicians to play solos in a big band set-up.

— Alvin Lee

I started off playing the clarinet, after I was inspired by listening to my dad’s Benny Goodman records.

— Alvin Lee

To the humblest among them, who may be listening to me now, I want to say that the masterpiece to which you are paying historic homage this evening is a painting which he has saved.

— Andre Malraux

I like being able to be on the inside of music, rather than on the outside listening to it.

— Aurora

There’s a certain type of indie fan who would balk at the prospect of there being value in pop music, but I think that’s foolish. They’re not really listening.

— Autre Ne Veut

I have a 6-year-old, and his thing is to turn on Radio Disney in the car, and I get such an allergic reaction to listening to that music and the context into which it falls. I’m really working on him about that.

— Aimee Mann

I’ve grown up listening to Gorillaz, so for me to, like, be asked to be on the album is an honour.

— Ashley Thomas

To be honest, I know this probably sounds corny or whatever because I’m a musician, but listening to music really helps me relax and calm down – listening to my favorite songs. Also, laughing and hanging out with my friends.

— Austin Mahone

Musically, I actually grew up listening to country music as a kid, like George Strait, Alan Jackson… all those guys. So it was kind of weird crossing over from that to pop and R&B, but you know, I love Michael Jackson, Ne-Yo, Usher, R. Kelly, Drake, Boyz II Men.

— Austin Mahone

Just like you can’t cure a patient without listening to what he’s feeling, you can’t cure a nation without hearing what the people are really asking for.

— Ami Bera

As a doctor, I’ve learned the importance and value of listening.

— Ami Bera

People in America, when listening to radio, like to lean forward. People in Britain like to lean back.

— Alistair Cooke

What started it all was the Kanye album, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.’ We started listening to that and just fell in love with it, fell in love with his production style.

— Andrew Dost

When I was a kid, I used to sneak down the stairs when my folks were listening to ‘The Witch’s Tale’ and ‘Inner Sanctum’ on the radio. I went to see ‘Frankenstein’ in the movie theater and got the pants scared off of me.

— Al Feldstein

Usually, impersonations come out of something you dig, because you’re listening to it over and over. And you kind of start developing… You’re really trying to emulate them, then you realize, ‘I sound ridiculous doing this. Oh, hey, maybe this is a funny impersonation.’

— Alex Borstein

Oh, the miraculous energy that flows between two people who care enough to get beyond surfaces and games, who are willing to take the risks of being totally open, of listening, of responding with the whole heart. How much we can do for each other.

— Alex Noble

Much unhappiness comes from walking alone. When there are several, it’s somewhat different. I must get into the habit of listening to others, for what the others say concerns me, too.

— Alfred Doblin

When I was in school, I really thought about soul a lot. I was listening a lot to Bjork and to the Commodores. I really wanted to know how they felt. And especially with Bjork, the music there told me wow, that’s really her soul there.

— Alice Smith

Listening and being curious and wide-eyed in the world, I think, is what allows us to move forward, progress, evolve and learn and alter our behavior and become more self-aware. I think that listening is kind of what it’s all about.

— Andrew Zuckerman

Frankly speaking, I don’t know much about rock music. But I enjoyed some when I was in college or high school. But I stopped listening after Elvis Presley!

— Ban Ki-moon

People come up to me and say, ‘You changed my life.’ I don’t think I changed anyone’s life. I think their life changed while they were listening to the music.

— Bernard Sumner

Hillary Clinton is listening to the scientists who tell us that – unless we act boldly and transform our energy system in the very near future – there will be more drought, more floods, more acidification of the oceans, more rising sea levels.

— Bernie Sanders

I became inspired while I was listening to music on the radio. I felt the music in my head sounded better, so I turned off the radio and scribbled it down on a piece of paper. I remember that it was in May. People liked that song. They said it was beautiful. I felt overjoyed.

— Bhumibol Adulyadej

Our children are angry. The profanity is out in the street. It’s on the buses and in the subway. Our children are trying to tell us something, and we are not listening.

— Bill Cosby

What people are tired of, the people who agree with me, what they’re tired of is listening to that sound, the sound of the people who’ve given up.

— Bill Cosby

I look back upon my times when more people were listening to what I had to say, and I didn’t say enough.

— Bill Goldberg

My dad was a big Frank Zappa fan, so I remember listening to a lot of Frank Zappa. Girls do not like Frank Zappa.

— Bill Hader

I love hiking, paddle boarding and listening to the Veronicas.

— Bindi Irwin

I get embarrassed listening to my last CDs. I’ve got a lot of work to do, let’s put it that way.

— Bjork

In ’96, I was in a very specific place with my own music – I was only listening to beats. You would come to my house, and I would just play beats all day.

— Bjork

I’d say the best way to train someone is to remember that you have two ears and one mouth, and use them in that ratio. That’s hard to do, and ultimately what we’ve learned is how many false positives you get from listening to what someone says they’re going to do instead of observing what they actually do.

— Brad D. Smith

I like people, and I like listening to them because something that’ll happen out of that conversation could be the title or the subject of the song.

— Babyface

Musicians are there in front of you, and the spectators sense their tension, which is not the case when you’re listening to a record. Your attention is more relaxed. The emotional aspect is more important in live music.

— Brian Eno

I wouldn’t call myself a synaesthete in the sense that Nabokov was. But I’ll talk about a sound as being cold blue or dark brown. For descriptive purposes, yes, I often see colors when I’m listening to music and think, ‘Oh, there’s not enough sort of yellowy stuff in here, or not enough white.’

— Brian Eno

If you want to make someone feel emotion, you have to make them let go. Listening to something is an act of surrender.

— Brian Eno

People do dismiss ambient music, don’t they? They call it ‘easy listening,’ as if to suggest that it should be hard to listen to.

— Brian Eno

We think that there is this terrible idea that the kids are digital natives… and they know what they’re doing, but all the evidence says that they’re hanging around going, ‘Where are you, I’m here, can I post my picture?’ They’re not actually writing wikis they’re not actually listening to great poets live.

— Beeban Kidron

I try to listen to over a hundred different songs a day. I listen to every single thing. If you’re just listening to pop music, you’re just gonna make pop music. I listen to Adele, Yo Yo Ma, Gucci Mane.

— Benny Blanco

Here’s the thing… when people start making music, they start borrowing styles from other people, because that’s what you do. You start by recreating hip-hop beats you’ve heard from other people, or you start mimicking other people, or you’re just listening to stuff.

— Benny Blanco

Starting out really punk came from not knowing any better and listening to music like that, not knowing how to play music – well, still not knowing how to play music.

— Beth Ditto

An actor is a guy who, if you ain’t talking about him, he ain’t listening.

— Boy George

When you’re a creative person, there are just times when you’re not listening. You know, I could be looking right at you and thinking about something else.

— Brad Paisley

I’ll make music, whether or not anyone is listening, for the rest of my life. It’s a natural form of expression for me, the same way I draw and write and sing.

— Brandon Boyd

I had my guitar at the set of ‘Lost in Space’ every day. I was the only one in the cast who had a stereo in his dressing room. So while I was in school or when I was in there working with Dr. Smith and the robot, half the rest of the cast was in my trailer listening to their records that they would bring.

— Bill Mumy

Sticking to your values, listening to your instincts, making your own choices is so important.

— Brittany Murphy

My dad is from Queens. I remember visiting as a kid. My grandparents grew up here. All the actors I respected were coming out of here. All the hip-hop I was listening to – Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, Biggie, Wu Tang – was coming out of New York. I’m just into it.

— Bryan Greenberg

During the Cold War, we gathered information by listening to the Soviets, taking pictures of the Soviets, and we allowed our human intelligence to decline.

— Bob Graham

People have been listening to Burning Spear for a long time now, and they know who I am and what I stand for. Yes, I do address many of the same ideas from album to album, adding only a little different flavor or coloring. Yes, the message has remained virtually the same because the issues haven’t gone away yet.

— Burning Spear

We were either listening to jazz or Robert Johnson, the old blues man, but not to our peers.

— Butch Trucks

We’ve been listening to Wagner, which is so great.

— Bernadette Peters

I remember right after Carter got elected, I was sitting in my apartment in Albany, CA, on a Saturday listening to people call Carter and ask stupid questions while I designed the screen editor.

— Bill Joy

My dad loved black singers. So listening to New Orleans music, eventually I wanted to play an instrument.

— Bill Kreutzmann

I think ‘Lovin’ Feelin’ was probably one of the most – probably in ’64 and ’65, one of the more dramatic love songs for these kids to grab hold of. I mean, they had been listening to, you know, kind of cute songs, and ‘Lovin’ Feelin’ was just a strong, powerful song.

— Bill Medley

I’ve had songs written during the Falklands war, and during the first Gulf war I got letters from soldiers saying they were listening to these songs, like Island of no return.

— Billy Bragg

I grew up listening to a lot of Snoop Dogg and the Wu-Tang Clan. Actually, I was a huge Wu-Tang fan.

— Bobby Moynihan

The lion’s share of what I hear right now are people who, intentional or accidental, have avoided all jazz prior to 1960. And all the musicians who were successful in the ’60s spent their entire lives, prior to 1960, listening to all the musicians these people avoid.

— Branford Marsalis

One of the things that I loved about listening to Miles Davis is that Miles always had an instinct for which musicians were great for what situations. He could always pick a band, and that was the thing that separated him from everybody else.

— Branford Marsalis

If you listen to really deep ambient records that don’t move too much, very still records, long after those records are finished, you might find yourself listening for hours to the sound of the room.

— Bill Laswell

I really enjoy listening to players on the cusp of swing into bebop like Charlie Shavers, Clifford Brown and Clark Terry. They balance immense facility on their instrument with rhythm, melody, and more complex harmonies of the time.

— Bria Skonberg

Some people come to our shows and think they’re gonna spend the night just listening to love songs, and they’re pretty much surprised cause we do a lot of rock and roll.

— Bobby Hatfield

You have to master not only the art of listening to your head, you must also master listening to your heart and listening to your gut.

— Carly Fiorina

My inner rock chick has always been there. I grew up listening to a lot of rock music through my sisters, who were teenagers while I was young, so they had control of the radio.

— Carrie Underwood

I grew up listening to everything. I have such a love for music, but I don’t want to make the same album over and over again.

— Carrie Underwood

Research shows that if people are talking and listening to like-minded others, they become more dogmatic, more unified, and more extreme. Personalized Facebook experiences are a breeding ground for misunderstanding and miscommunication across political lines and, ultimately, for extremism.

— Cass Sunstein

Some say because music is as much about personal expression as listening pleasure, sharing is integral to why songs have value in the first place.

— Charles Duhigg

No one knows who is listening, say nothing you would not wish put in the newspapers.

— Charles Spurgeon

You don’t need 30 million people to listen to your podcast. If 10,000 people listen to your podcast, which is not a hard number to achieve, then 10,000 people are listening, and you can build a community, and literally change the world just recording into a microphone.

— Chris Hardwick

Oh man, I love what the South brings as far as the soul, and I really have noticed from even the early days of listening to OutKast and Goodie Mob that Atlanta and the South has a diverse sound to it. You have bounce music. You have soulful musicians. You have artists with vocals who try to do different things.

— Common

I’m a real music fan, so I listen to all kinds of music all the time. I listen to a lot of what my friends or people I know are listening to. I’m always checking out new bands.

— Conor Oberst

There’s a reason poets often say, ‘Poetry saved my life,’ for often the blank page is the only one listening to the soul’s suffering, the only one registering the story completely, the only one receiving all softly and without condemnation.

— Clarissa Pinkola Estes

In ‘Changeling,’ I tried to show something you’d never see nowadays – a kid sitting and looking at the radio. Just sitting in front of the radio and listening. Your mind does the rest.

— Clint Eastwood

My mother knew how to read music and everything. But I just kinda learned off of records. And so, I was listening to records and I’d play ’em over and over.

— Clint Eastwood

My mom has a good way of engaging me in a conversation about the choices I make, listening, being objective and open-minded, and respecting those choices so long as they don’t put me in danger.

— Casey Affleck

I think with me and the type of music that I’m trying to make, it’s always going be soulful because I grew up listening to different types and variations of soulful melodies and jazz, but experimenting with different types of stylistic souls.

— Charlie Puth

I was very fortunate that all my holidays I’d spend with my grandfather, experiencing a much more traditional way of life and listening to these wonderful stories, which I now feel are such an important part of Indian thinking.

— Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

I like to put something on and want to listen to it again once I get done listening to it, not feel like I need an ear break.

— Chris Stapleton

What the public hates the most is when they think the politicians aren’t listening to them. They understand that we can’t solve all their problems with a snap of our fingers, but they sure want us to try because we are public servants.

— Chuck Schumer

My taste in music originates from my culture and heritage, and from traveling the world and listening to all kinds of fun sounds and bits.

— Chanel Iman

When I hear myself singing, I hear Iggy Pop and Jimi Hendrix. There’s a conversational thing going on. I suppose it depends on which The Pretenders song you’re listening to.

— Chrissie Hynde

I write music people enjoy playing and listening to, and I have a group that loves playing the music.

— Chuck Mangione

I’m always curious about anyone who has enough passion to go onstage and say, ‘This is what I’m really passionate about.’ It’s always worth listening to.

— Clemence Poesy

I began telling stories as a volunteer in my daughters’ school. But I grew up hearing stories from Cuban and Southern storytellers, and I learned a great deal by just being quiet and listening.

— Carmen Agra Deedy

I’m so glad this is the last day of these thing, I get so tired of listening to my own voice.

— Catherine McCormack

I would rather do a play because it’s instantaneous. You go on the stage, and you know whether it’s happening or not. Somebody asked me ‘What is acting?’ And I said, ‘Acting is listening.’ And if you ain’t listening, nobody’s listening.

— Charles Durning

If I had to give up reading or give up listening to music, I suspect I’d stick with the music.

— Charles Frazier

People have tremendous power, more than the average person understands, and certainly more than even I understood before I came to Congress. When any of my constituents writes me a letter, I promise you, we’re listening.

— Charlie Norwood

I feel like you become a songwriter when you claim that it’s sort of like a switch flipped, and you’re always writing. Even in your sleep, you’re always thinking about it in the back of your mind. The true writing – when you’re officially writing – that’s just when its front of mind, but its always there. You’re always listening for a hook.

— Charlie Worsham

I have a feeling a lot of the records I grew up listening to and the records I still like, as hard as musicians worked making them, I feel like they were really enjoying what they were going through. They weren’t just going through the process. You can tell that with certain things that you listen to.

— Chino Moreno

I think I definitely learned how to structure songs, just from listening to a lot of 1960s, 1970s pop music, although I’m sure my mother’s watchful eye had a lot to do with it.

— Caitlin Rose

What I have to do now is figure where my passion is, and follow my heart I’ve proven that if I have the passion for something then I can succeed. I haven’t been listening to my heart in the last little while.

— Clara Hughes

It’s frustrating to do albums that you think are worth listening to, but it’s just so difficult to cut through.

— Colin Hay

In fact, I had to make an enormous adjustment to this, not only in listening to it but in playing with it. It’s a full sound. In some instances, you must have the volume to get the effect.

— Chico Hamilton

I miss CDs. I miss listening to a whole album, even the lame songs that sometimes grow on you.

— Carolyn Mackler

You see young people, or kids, and they’re fascinated by the way people talk. And that’s great. But eventually you get to the point where you think, ‘You know what? I don’t care how you talk, I’m just listening to what you’re saying.’

— Chris Morris

I was listening to a lot of hip hop, music like Public Enemy that was about raising consciousness, and I realised I could feed that directly into my work, using images in a way that was a bit like sampling – taking images from diverse places, exploring the contradictions without trying to hide the seams.

— Chris Ofili

I wanted to bring the R&B flavor and other Westernized sounds to my music, because that’s the type of music I grew up listening to.

— Coco Lee

I am my own audience. I always picture me and my mates and think, ‘What would we enjoy listening to?’

— Conor Maynard

Some people think its just fun and games and others don’t know how much I pushed to get here. They have to be in my shoes, but by listening to my music they can find out.

— Chingy

I’d like to be out in the city every day, listening to what people are saying and asking about what they need. I’d like to inspire others by doing as much as I can to help people who are trying to make a better life for themselves and others.

— Chirlane McCray

I was listening to the first record the other day, and it sounds remarkably contemporary.

— Chris Bailey

My earliest memories as a child are listening to Beatles records, and they are a big part of how I’ve learned to write pop songs.

— Christina Perri

Yes, my first memory of singing, in general, was of a Christmas song. And then listening to Christmas music was really the first music I was ever connected to.

— Christina Perri

Being a photographer is like listening to music. If you have a camera, by just living your life you’re bound to find some things that are worth taking a picture of. You don’t have to be an audiophile to have taste in music. It happens through osmosis.

— Christine Elise

I say it with my tongue firmly planted in cheek but there’s truth to it – being a comedian is very close to being a therapist. When you’re working smaller clubs, you’re listening. You’re feeling an energy, you’re going with a tone but when people start yelling out, you almost start a conversation with people.

— Dane Cook

When you’re thirteen and listening to punk, the aggressive nature of music can sway you to the dark side.

— Dave Grohl

I think maybe people see bands and musicians as some sort of superhero unrealistic sport that happens in another dimension where it’s not real people and not real emotions. So, I grew up listening to Beatles records on my floor. That’s how I learned how to play guitar. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be a musician.

— Dave Grohl

Police use of deadly force is rare in America. You wouldn’t know that by listening to some of the blowhards out there: the newspaper, the mainstream media, the race hustlers. They make it seem like this stuff happens several times a day. It’s rare.

— David A. Clarke, Jr.

There’s something about music that encourages people to want to know more about the person that made it, and where it was recorded, what year it was done, what they were listening to, and all this kind of stuff. There’s something that invites all this obsessive behavior.

— David Byrne

I do do a lot of talking, because it saves me listening.

— David Hockney

I didn’t really grow up listening to blues, because I grew up in the Northwest. It wasn’t really the center for blues.

— David Lynch

I like listening to books as well, as that way you can iron at the same time.

— David Sedaris

I would say the referees have the toughest game to call. I would say that there’s a lot of officiating done by announcers, local announcers. Sometimes you should listen to a game from both feeds, and you’d think you were listening to completely different games.

— David Stern

For me, masculinity is about control, and femininity is more of an embrace, the art of listening. It’s very inspiring to explore the shadows of masculinity and femininity, and the tensions between both, and the place of women in the world right now.

— Denis Villeneuve

When I was a kid, I was always going to bed creating a story, and that was the birth of filmmaking for me. I would like going to the dream-state by telling the story to someone else in my mind. That was my imaginary friend it was an imaginary audience listening to my story.

— Denis Villeneuve

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now.

— Donald Trump

I taught myself to play the guitar by listening to Paul Simon records, working it out note by note. He is an incredibly intelligent musician. He’s not someone who has a natural outpouring of melody like McCartney or Dylan, who are just terribly prolific with musical ideas.

— Douglas Adams

On TV people look at your hair and then they look at your skin, and then they look at your clothes, and by the time they’re listening to what you’re saying, you’re off the screen.

— Douglas Coupland

Before now, I’ve always taken my mixes out to the car and listened to them in the parking lot. I still do that, but more so now I’m listening to it on the Beat box, and I think people should give it at least a listen and check it out and see what it is.

— Dr. Dre

It’s only through listening that you learn, and I never want to stop learning.

— Drew Barrymore

Also, I realized a lot of kids are listening to me. Whether I want to be or not, they’re looking up to me.

— Donald Glover

The measure of a conversation is how much mutual recognition there is in it how much shared there is in it. If you’re talking about what’s in your own head, or without thought to what people looking and listening will feel, you might as well be in a room talking to yourself.

— Dylan Moran

There are a bunch of songs that I think are beautiful recordings, and I’m proud of them, but I’ve no interest in listening to them.

— Damien Rice

The whole period has taught me that I enjoy being part of an ensemble rather than just a front man. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy that too, but I get more enjoyment out of really listening to everyone.

— Damon Albarn

When you realize that you have a little germ of an idea that has – I suppose I can only say, has to me – a little taste of magic to it. You have this idea that there are millions, literally, of people listening to it at the same time as you and that little strange telepathy of a feeling that you’re sharing something live with all those people.

— David Gilmour

A lot of our music came out of a lot of weird psychology and weird emotions. When you play the whole body of work, you get tossed all over the place. It’s not easy listening. It’s not even comfortable to listen to.

— Dave Davies

It disturbed me that the music industry had gone down the drain, even though people were listening to more music than ever and from a greater diversity of artists.

— Daniel Ek

My older brother gave me a cassette tape of Mr. Bungle, and I couldn’t stop listening to it. I used to drive around Colorado in a Mustang II – it was when they got away from the muscle-car Mustangs, so it was sort of old lady. I couldn’t go above 45 mph in that car, but I would drive around listening to Mr. Bungle.

— Derek Cianfrance

When I grew up, a director was Cecil B DeMille, a guy sitting down with a megaphone speaking. He was the voice of God, the image of God. When I went to start making docs, I quickly turned the megaphone to my ear not to my mouth. It’s more about funneling in the words and listening as doc filmmaker.

— Derek Cianfrance

In all of my books, I’ve emphasized that the fundamental difference between civilized and indigenous ways of being is that, for even the most open-minded of the civilized, listening to the natural world is a metaphor.

— Derrick Jensen

This is a way for artists to communicate directly to their fans. If you think of an artist like Bruno Mars, he’s using Spotify, creating playlists and listening to music through it.

— Daniel Ek

The thing with me is, about that – about rock and all that – years and years of crate-digging, listening to old music, you kind of start to connect the dots. And I was seeing the thread that was connecting everything together, which is pretty much the blues. And everything soul or funk kind of starts with that.

— D’Angelo

I got into rock music at thirteen, listening to Van Halen, learned how to play the electric guitar.

— Dierks Bentley

If you got in my truck, you were listening to country music, and that’s the way it was for a long time. I’m a little more open to other sources of music now, a lot more. But for the formative years, I was just very into country.

— Dierks Bentley

Anyone who thinks hunters are just ‘bloodthirsty morons’ hasn’t looked into hunting. If you wait through long, cold hours in the November woods with a bow in your hands hoping a buck will show, or if you spend days walking in the African bush trailing Cape buffalo while listening to lions roar, you’re sure to learn hunting isn’t about killing.

— Donald Trump, Jr.

My brain kind of rolls pretty fast when I’m conscious. It’s constantly looking for stuff to do. Like if I’m in my house and I’m hanging out, I tend to be listening to music whilst watching a film whilst sending e-mails.

— Dominic Monaghan

In 1971, near the middle of Nixon’s first term, he approved a plan to install a White House taping system as a way of preserving an accurate chronicle of important discussions and decisions. Except for Nixon, three aides, and the Secret Service, no one knew about the listening devices.

— Douglas Brinkley

I love Christmas. I’m totally the ‘decorate early, start listening to Christmas songs super-early’ guy.

— Drake Bell

I’m totally the ‘decorate early, start listening to Christmas songs super early’ guy. I’ve just always been that way.

— Drake Bell

The best place for me is in my car, listening to my stereo. I am ‘Mr. Karaoke Guy’ in the car, completely. I just go with it and don’t care what anyone else thinks – I’m singing, man!

— Drake Bell

My first guitar was a Gretsch 6120, and I just loved listening to artists like Elvis, Chuck Berry and Stray Cats.

— Drake Bell

The hearing test, which involved sitting in a quiet room listening to noises of various pitch played through headphones, confirmed the worst. I had no hearing in my left ear whatsoever.

— David Hewson

It’s about grass-roots campaigning, meeting voters face-to-face, and above all, listening to what they have to say.

— David Ige

I started listening to and playing other music in the ’90s. It was after hearing other bands, like Bad Religion, cover Ramones songs that I started to like our songs again.

— Dee Dee Ramone

In the old days, before there was such a thing as film schools, directors learned the camera by watching other directors, and learning from their own dailies, and listening to the cameraman, and seeing what would work. Some of those guys could cut their movies in their head.

— Don Ameche

Genetic Denim gods, if you’re listening, please don’t rip, and if you have to, maybe you could have an elf from your warehouse send me another pair… I’m a size 28 and its called ‘The Twig’ in a dark grayish wash… I will wear them until I die, unless those rips beat me to it.

— Dawn Olivieri

I write while listening to music, mostly because the world beyond my headphones is too chaotic.

— Dean Bakopoulos

I listen to everything: hip hop, R&B, alternative, pop. I love JCole, so I’m always listening to him. Kendrick and Drake.

— Dexter Darden

I decided to make a CD that I would enjoy listening to. So I would finish a song and sit there, and I would say, ‘What song, of all the songs I know, would I like to work on now? What song would make me happy?’ And that’s how I picked the songs.

— Donna Lynne Champlin

That by listening to some music, by reading some books, by looking at paintings, and most important by hanging out with one another – by collaborating with one another and creating your own network – you can achieve something that is much better than what is out there.

— David Amram

When you are accompanying someone, you are listening to them the way you listen to a Bach Chorale, where four parts are going on at the same time, all of which are gorgeous melodies, all being played simultaneously.

— David Amram

There is as much wisdom in listening as there is in speaking – and that goes for all relationships, not just romantic ones.

— Daniel Dae Kim

I was still listening to the Beatles until I came here, you know.

— David Thewlis

Listening and hearing are two different things, and acting is comprehending what the person is saying, thinking how it makes you feel and responding. That’s the key to really honest, truthful, compelling performance.

— David Wenham

I started listening to the Cure around the time I discovered Joy Division and, like Joy Division, they have shaped my taste in all sorts of dark and dreary ways.

— Danielle Trussoni

I was first influenced by a friend in fifth grade when he brought a Walkman to school and was listening to ‘Paradise City’ by Guns ‘N Roses, which he had concealed within his hoodie. He put the headphones over my ears and I was completely blown away by what I heard. I’ll never forget that.

— Darren Robinson

I guess there’s this mind shift that happens once you’re on stage. I don’t know, chemicals, something happens and you just… I just become completely in control of where I am. And it’s all about trusting the people that you’re on the stage with, listening… and it just falls into place really easily.

— Deborah Mailman

I’ve been kind of listening to the composer Britten and his rendition of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ The opening track is a choral section where all the weird fairies, who are played by kids in the production, sing. It’s a crazy opening melody and chord sequence – really amazing.

— Dev Hynes

Some people say I do it too much, but I’m always asking the artist questions. Sometimes – especially with new artists – you can see they’re compromising in their mind. You see that look when they’re listening to a vocal take and there’s hesitation. And I’ll be like, ‘Are you sure you don’t want to do this again?’

— Dev Hynes

It’s so amazing, standing on the corner -this happened in Washington, D.C. – and somebody comes by in a Cadillac and you hear ‘Manic Monday’ on the radio, and you don’t even know this person, and they’re listening to it and singing along with it. Wow! Blows your mind.

— Debbi Peterson

Growing up, I liked all the stuff that everyone else was listening to, like Motown, but the biggest group of all was The Beatles.

— Eddie Murphy

I’ve worked with some actors who have such thick skins and think they are so extraordinary. I’ll think, ‘Have you stopped learning?’ They stop listening to directors or other actors and do the same thing again and again.

— Eddie Redmayne

When I was growing up and listening to bands like the Dave Clark Five, the groove was what initially got me going. I really like that funky, heavy groove.

— Eddie Van Halen

Obviously the people that I admired, like the Beatles, were really into rock’n’roll, but it was already a little past rock’n’roll when I started listening and making my own choices about music.

— Elvis Costello

I’m not one for walking the beaches humming a melody. I love the discipline of sitting in the studio, writing and listening. That is my domain.

— Enya

Well, I think part of my gift, or if I have one, is that I love listening.

— Eric Clapton

I suppose I don’t hear things, but I listen, if you know what I mean. And there is a big difference between hearing and listening. So it’s like a conversation, you know. When you speak to someone, it’s one on one, and that’s exactly how I play.

— Evelyn Glennie

The implications are clear: Facebook wants to build an Internet where watching films, listening to music, reading books and even browsing is done not just openly but socially and collaboratively.

— Evgeny Morozov

In 1972, I got my first electric bass and started playing the kind of instrument I play now. I found that the majority of musicians couldn’t bear that. They are not used to listening to the bass because they think the bass is in the background to support them.

— Eberhard Weber

I hadn’t realized the number of people that are still interested in listening to what I am doing, people I would never know about if not for being online.

— Edgar Winter

I used to play the piano by listening to it – like Chopin pieces, when I was, like, a little kid – and then the minute my parents got me lessons to read music, I couldn’t do it anymore.

— Eliza Coupe

Since I first fell in love with choral music when I was 18 and began composing at 21, I’ve been listening to these recordings of British choirs. I just fell in love with that sound – that pure, clean, pristine sound – and I think it’s probably been the biggest influence on my sound.

— Eric Whitacre

It’s about listening first, then selling.

— Erik Qualman

Growing up listening to rap music, you almost feel like you should have haters. That’s an important part of being a successful musician. It’s a good thing, I guess.

— Ezra Koenig

I grew up listening to a lot of soul music, which has probably informed the way that I sing on my tracks.

— Erik Hassle

I listen to a lot of music, and I listen to some rap, and I do like listening to Biggie Smalls.

— Ed Oxenbould

I start listening to something, or I’m seeing somebody a lot or seeing their art. And then I just really want to make a picture of them.

— Elizabeth Peyton

My background was always more soulful pop. I was named after Ella Fitzgerald, and when I was a kid, I was listening to Lauryn Hill, Etta James, Joss Stone. For me, it was always about the voice.

— Ella Eyre

I’ve played the violin since I was seven but stopped because there was a stage when it became ‘uncool’. I was listening to Nirvana and wanted to play the guitar, so I ditched the violin.

— Emun Elliott

I always knew I wanted to be a musician, and I always knew I wanted to write, ’cause the people I was listening to all wrote. I never thought it was an option to sing anyone else’s songs.

— Emeli Sande

I still love it. I love lots of other music, too, and always have, but punk’s the soundtrack of my youth. I think you never escape the music you’re listening to and seeing when you’re seventeen, eighteen, nineteen years old.

— Elizabeth Hand

It’s a major part of world history that men are trying to kill each other. It’s just one slaughter after the other. We talk about it, but no one’s really listening.

— Fred Ward

Many are ready, when listening to the inventor, to belittle and deny his achievements so that he will no longer be heard in honourable places, but after some months or a year, they use the inventor’s words in speech or writing or design.

— Filippo Brunelleschi

I can’t ignore what I grew up listening to. My parents used to listen to Michael Jackson non-stop. They used to listen to Luther Vandross, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder.

— Fleur East

I love working with kids, talking with them and listening to them. I always encourage kids to reach beyond their dreams. Don’t try to be like me. Be better than me.

— Florence Griffith Joyner

In the theatre, once you’ve gone about eight rows back, everybody else is just listening to you. You’re very small, and nobody can really see what you’re doing.

— Francesca Annis

It gives me a very keen satisfaction that, after listening to my blather all those years, former students are now seeing that I wrote a book, that I did have it in me.

— Frank McCourt

I spent many a summer early morning with the radio very low, half sleeping and half listening.

— Frankie Valli

I learned by listening to other people sing and doing impressions of them. And there are things no one can ever teach you, like phrasing. By listening to Sinatra, for instance – you felt that everything he sang had happened in his life.

— Frankie Valli

When I was a kid, I used to listen to my Emerson radio late at night under the covers. I started by listening to jazz in the late 1940s and then vocal harmony groups like the Four Freshmen, the Modernaires and the Hi-Lo’s. I loved Stan Kenton’s big band – with those dark chords and musicians who could swing cool with individual sounds.

— Frankie Valli

I grew up listening to Nick Drake. Without him, I would not write music – and ‘Pink Moon’ is my favourite LP.

— Gabrielle Aplin

The subconscious is ceaselessly murmuring, and it is by listening to these murmurs that one hears the truth.

— Gaston Bachelard

It’s easy listening to a record, but a live performance is so personal and real.

— Gin Wigmore

I majored in psychology, and I still love listening to people’s problems.

— Gayle King

Lately, I’ve been listening to some jazz albums. I love the new Pat Metheny album. John Coltrane. I still like good metal, though!

— Geezer Butler

Authenticity is the ability to listen to what nature tells us. Listening isn’t the same thing as never making a mistake, but the important thing is to learn.

— Gerard Depardieu

I’ve been listening to a lot of Hollies stuff lately, and it’s beginning to sound pretty good to me.

— Graham Nash

That’s what you want to do as an older artist – you want to reinvent, but there has to be that vein in there for why people were listening to you before in the first place.

— Garth Brooks

Because of the changes in the Padres team I played with last year, I felt like a veteran recently when I worked out with Jason Kendall and he told me he’s liked listening to my records since he was a kid!

— Garth Brooks

Most people learn to improvise on their own, listening to records, endless hours of noodling on their instrument in the bedroom with all their spare time. That’s traditionally how people learn.

— Gary Burton

I feel that I had been rescued from the gutter by America. One day I was under the gutter, chased by police, thinking dogs were going to get me. I laid there listening to the dogs and the gutter. The next day, there I am standing on the Olympic platform, and you hear the anthem. I was proud.

— George Foreman

I grew up in Deptford in south London, and at that time I used to wear toppers, loon pants and tonic suits from shops like Take 6 and Topman. I was a bit of a soul boy, but I had a very eclectic taste in music – I was into James Brown and Bowie and I was the only kid in the neighbourhood who would also be listening to Chopin.

— Gary Oldman

When I think about putting together an album, the process of listening to hundreds of songs each time and picking out the best 10 or so that will go on the record, it really sinks in as to just how many songs I’ve listened to all these years.

— George Strait

I’m a praying atheist. When I hear an ambulance siren, I ask for a blessing for those people in trouble, knowing that no one’s listening. I think it’s just a habit of mindfulness.

— Geraldine Brooks

I was a quiet, nerdy kid living in the Bronx. I spent most of my teens in my room, taking apart electrical items to figure out how they worked before putting them back together, and listening to the music my four older sisters and parents played.

— Grandmaster Flash

The trick is: how do you talk about natural selection without implying the rigidity of law? We use it as almost an active participant, almost like a god. In fact, you could substitute the word ‘god’ for ‘natural selection’ in a lot of evolutionary writings and you’d think you were listening to a theologian.

— Greg Graffin

From a very early age, I was in tune with pop radio, and most of this listening was done driving. We had an old ’67 or ’65 Buick LeSabre, and whenever we would drive around, I would actually stick my head right against the speakers in the back and sing along to the music.

— Greg Graffin

I have two favorites: Reading Kierkegaard while listening to Mozart’s Piano Concerto 9 in E Flat Major, and reading early Bazooka Joe comics in Hebrew.

— Gene Weingarten

Lives are changed by a moment’s listening to conscience, by a single and quiet inclination of the mind.

— George A. Smith

In all the great periods of the drama perfect freedom of choice and subject, perfect freedom of individual treatment, and an audience eager to give itself to sympathetic listening, even if instruction be involved, have brought the great results.

— George Pierce Baker

For anybody who writes, very often, when you finish an album, you are so done with it. You’ve been listening in minutia, in super-focus.

— Gerry Beckley

When I began listening to saxophones, I was first attracted to Coleman Hawkins.

— Gerry Mulligan

In fact, I heard Bird first, and had got well into listening to him. You know, it’s the kind of accidental thing that awareness of a player is: what’s available, what somebody happens to play for you.

— Gerry Mulligan

The Internet is a very intimate entertainment experience. I’m in my own apartment talking to people, and I want them to feel like they’re with me in my apartment. So if I’m listening to them and taking ideas from them and being honest with how I’m feeling, it resonates even more that we’re having a real, actual conversation.

— Grace Helbig

I grew up listening to everything. You know, from Argentinean folk music, tango, jazz, rock, just everything.

— Gustavo Santaolalla

You have to keep listening and thinking and being critical and self-critical. Remember General Nivelle, in the First World War, at Verdun? He said he had the solution and then destroyed the French Army until it mutinied.

— H. R. McMaster

I feel like, if I’m going to have young, impressionable people listening to my music, then I’m going to respect that.

— Halsey

Be aware of who in your life is actually interested in hearing you discuss your writing, and who’s just asking to be polite. Listening to writers talk about their work is often excruciatingly dull.

— Hanya Yanagihara

Many words will be written on the wind and the sand, or end up in some obscure digital vault. But the storytelling will go on until the last human being stops listening. Then we can send the great chronicle of humanity out into the endless universe.

— Henning Mankell

In Africa, listening is a guiding principle. It’s a principle that’s been lost in the constant chatter of the Western world, where no one seems to have the time or even the desire to listen to anyone else.

— Henning Mankell

Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure.

— Henri Nouwen

I have been listening to the Stooges’ self-titled first album for well over half my life, and it remains one of the most exciting and essential records I have ever had the good fortune to come into contact with.

— Henry Rollins

There are two good rules which ought to be written on every heart – never to believe anything bad about anybody unless you positively know it to be true never to tell even that unless you feel that it is absolutely necessary, and that God is listening.

— Henry Van Dyke

Not every child learns the same way. I could not learn through my eyes. Reading was impossible. Math, to compute it in my mind, was impossible. I learned everything through listening.

— Henry Winkler

One of the greatest experiences I ever had was listening to a conversation with Joni Mitchell and Wayne Shorter. Just to hear them talking, my mouth was open. They understand each other perfectly, and they make these leaps and jumps because they don’t have to explain anything.

— Herbie Hancock

Every demo I do has a mandolin or resonator on it – some element of the bluegrass or classic country world that I grew up listening to and that first drew me in. And then I always try to find somewhere for a bluesy guitar sound, because that’s also what I love. Musically, I’m always finding my way home.

— Hunter Hayes

Once you really get into a song, other than just listening to it, it forces you to go ‘oh, they did this. I never would have thought of doing that,’ when you deconstruct it. It’s something you really can’t do sometimes when you’re just listening to a song. You have to really get into it.

— Greg Laswell

I know a lot of people struggle with the idea of Jesus and their idea of God. I think, if you don’t even know what you’re praying to or who you’re praying to, based on what I know to be true, regardless, God’s always listening.

— Hailey Baldwin

Deal or No Deal’ works nicely with my ADD/ADHD symptoms. I show up, meet the contestants, and move around the set. I’m not stuck behind a pedestal reading trivia questions. I’ve always had problems sitting still and listening for long periods of time. The show spares me these challenges. I can live in the moment. It’s like a standup act.

— Howie Mandel

Since I was a child, my whole life has revolved around music. It’s often while listening to a song that ideas for my fashion collections formed.

— Hedi Slimane

I’m greedy about cities – I like to form my impressions of them on my own, and on foot as far as possible, looking and listening, having conversations with bridges and streets and riverbanks, conversations I tend not to be aware of until a little later, when I find myself returning to those places to say hello again, even if only in memory.

— Helen Oyeyemi

There is something very basic to the sense of listening. The sense of hearing is the only one that operates totally from vibrations, without other physical or chemical reactions to receive the sensations.

— Henry Reed

God will use us for his purposes, but it takes a certain kind of listening.

— Henry Eyring

I don’t want to put a name on my music. Other people can put a name on what I do. It’s just the union of what I’ve been listening to and what I’ve been learning. It has some elements of classical music, it has some rock, it has some jazz, but I don’t want to give it a name.

— Hiromi Uehara

I was into Ted Nugent, I was a Nugent guy. I was a skateboarder listening to Ted Nugent.

— Ian MacKaye

I get so tired listening to one million dollars here, one million dollars there, it’s so petty.

— Imelda Marcos

When you’re listening to the radio, you’re hearing dance beats, all the bells and whistles, and ‘Say Something’ makes you quiet and forces you to listen.

— Ian Axel

Some people think electronic music is cold, but I think that has more to do with the people listening than the actual music itself.

— Imogen Heap

I’d dropped out of high school without really doing it on purpose – I’d just go home at lunch ‘cos I didn’t have friends, then stay there all afternoon listening to rap. It got to the point where I wouldn’t have passed even if I’d gone back. I was depressed, basically.

— Iggy Azalea

People in America and Hollywood are very good at pronouncing my name, to begin with. Socially, they’re very adept at listening to somebody’s name and repeating it, cleverly in the first couple of sentences so the name sticks to begin with.

— Ioan Gruffudd

Semiotics is really interested in the questions like, what keeps you watching something, what keeps you – you know, what keeps you listening to a story on the radio? Like, what keeps you turning the pages in a book? What’s the pleasure of it that’s moving you forward, that’s pulling you in and grabbing you and pulling you forward?

— Ira Glass

I spend several years trying to get inside the brain and heart of my subjects, listening to the interior monologues in their letters, and when I have to bridge the chasms between the factual evidence, I try to make an intuitive leap through the eyes and motivation of the person I’m writing about.

— Irving Stone

One of the most important elements in teaching, conducting, and performing, all three, is listening.

— Itzhak Perlman

I think we have to get back the value of behavior that is consistent with being taught: that’s to say, respecting teachers, listening, and not always expecting your opinion to take precedence.

— Isabelle Adjani

One day, I’ll be listening to a bunch of Ray Charles, the next day it’s nothing but Red Hot Chili Peppers. The next day it might be Tupac all day.

— J. Cole

For an actress there is no greater gift than having a camera in front of you, listening to the most beautiful music in the world and just being looked at!

— Isabelle Huppert

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.

— James A. Baldwin

That’s why this generation is the least racist generation ever. You see it all the time. Go to any club. People are intermingling, hanging out, having fun, enjoying the same music. Hip-hop is not just in the Bronx anymore. It’s worldwide. Everywhere you go, people are listening to hip-hop and partying together. Hip-hop has done that.

— Jay-Z

In the wake of the San Francisco scene, ears were alive. It was a listening generation.

— Jimmy Page

I have been training since 8th grade, but it has to do with listening, more than practice.

— Jill Scott

Lately I’ve been going to all these high schools talking to the students, answering their questions, listening to what they have to say. It has been an incredible journey to be around them and try to give them what my mother gave me.

— Jill Scott

Quite often you want to tell somebody your dream, your nightmare. Well, nobody wants to hear about someone else’s dream, good or bad nobody wants to walk around with it. The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to the dream.

— Joan Didion

I’ve been listening to jazzmen, especially saxophonists, since the time of the early Count Basie records, which featured Lester Young. Pres was my first real influence, but the first horn I got was an alto, not a tenor.

— John Coltrane

Listening to Dr. King on the radio inspired me. Coming under the influence of Jim Lawson inspired me to think that I, too, could do something.

— John Lewis

Records were vitally important to the development of music and of all music cultures. With that being pushed by the wayside, I can’t see an iPod uniting us. In fact it separates us, the streets are full of people bumping into lamp posts, listening to their own little universe, and there’s no sharing in that.

— John Lydon

I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds, or watching their peculiar habits, or delineating them in the best way I could.

— John James Audubon

To say Roman Reigns isn’t connecting with an audience means you’re not listening. I’ve watched a lot of Roman Reigns, and every single time I see him, I hear noise. He connects very well with our audience.

— John Cena

Music is still part of my life, but I hate the idea of people coming to see me play the guitar because they’ve seen me in movies. You want people who are listening to be only interested in the music.

— Johnny Depp

Ultimately, the best speakers are the ones who have put 10,000 hours into listening.

— James Altucher

Connecting with Canadians isn’t about what you say, it’s about what you’re listening to. It’s about what you understand.

— Justin Trudeau

My wife Patrice, in addition to being enormously supportive, has taught me a lot about life. She might argue it’s because I have so much to learn. One of the most important things I’ve learned is the art of listening.

— James Comey

God is speaking to us. But are we listening to Him? When our conscience begins to nudge us for whatever reason, we might have this low-level misery or uneasiness about whatever it is we’ve done or we’re about to do. At times like this, it’s wise to prayerfully consider whether we’re offending God with our actions.

— Joyce Meyer

IM is interesting because you look at your buddy list and, at a glance, see what your friends are listening to, what they’re working on, what they’re doing. The problem was that you were bound to the computer keyboard.

— Jack Dorsey

I think that American music, for me, it’s a synthesis of a lot of different things. But for me growing up in North Carolina, the stuff that I was listening to, the things that I was hearing, it was all about black music, about soul music.

— James Taylor

I grew up listening to all kinds of music, everything from country to rock, pop, R&B and even rap, so for me, music is music and a great song is a great song.

— Jason Aldean

I grew up listening to everything. And rock and roll has always been a big, big part of it – as big a part of what I do as any other type of music.

— Jason Aldean

I listened to the radio, so I was influenced by everyone from Michael Jackson to Milli Vanilli. But thankfully my dad had a collection of Cat Stevens albums while my mom was listening to jazz.

— Jason Mraz

My whole career began because I was always putting my music on the Internet. By the time I had my first tour, I had an audience everywhere I went, because people were listening online.

— Jason Mraz

My whole career began because I was always putting my music on the Internet. By the time I had my first tour, I had an audience everywhere I went, because people were listening online. I started with a website, Jasonmraz.com, pre-YouTube. You could e-mail me directly, and I would send you a CD.

— Jason Mraz

So, yes, there’s nothing I love more than listening to directors talk about their movies.

— Jodie Foster

With the ’60s era and Motown, my grandparents actually introduced us to that when I was younger, so I grew up listening to the Jackson Five, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Supremes and Diana Ross’ solo stuff. I just loved it.

— Jordin Sparks

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.

— Joyce Brothers

I went from being a jock to a hippie. It was a very clear-cut decision. I had to be one or the other. I had to forsake that other aspect of myself. Or thought that I had to, which is regrettable. Quickly, I was back in the pine trees with the hippies, listening to my Jimi Hendrix and my Janis Joplin and turning on, tuning in, and dropping out.

— J. K. Simmons

I go through periods listening to specific types of music. Because I’m a musician, listening to music is… it’s a bit like work for me. A little bit.

— James McBride

I write stories that are already in the air, and I think it’s important to have the correct listening device to tune in to that frequency.

— James McBride

I like ‘Goodbye My Lover’ because it’s a really personal song and I recorded it in my landlady’s bathroom in Los Angeles. She had a piano in there and for me listening back to it, it actually sounds like the voice I hear in my head. It’s so close to what I can imagine.

— James Blunt

My brother was listening to his transistor radio. He kept switching the earpiece from one ear to the other, which I thought was his idea of a joke. ‘You can’t do that,’ I said. ‘You can only hear out of one ear.’ ‘No, I can hear out of both,’ he answered. And that was how I discovered I was deaf in my right ear.

— Jane Lynch

My mother had a great vinyl collection, and she was constantly playing female singer-songwriters. I first learned about classic song structures by listening to them, and Laura Nyro particularly stood out. Her voice was outside what you’d usually hear on the radio that really appealed to me.

— Jenny Lewis

When you’re talking about your own music every day, listening to bands, going to festivals, you can kind of lose sight of your initial connection with music. Instrumental music – especially jazz – helps me refocus.

— Jenny Lewis

I think a lot of musicians play for the playback. I mean, that’s the joy of recording – you want to hear what you’ve done and what you’ve contributed – but never listening to that playback kind of removes the intellectual part of making music, and it removes the tendency to be revisionist.

— Jenny Lewis

I’ve spent the last year listening to Americans, and the state of the union that George W. Bush lives in is very different from the state that most hardworking Americans are living in.

— Joe Lieberman

I think youth will always be connected to the strongest music at the time because… I don’t want to use the word ‘tribal,’ but there was this sort of familial affiliation that people would feel with the music they were listening to.

— John Darnielle

A song is fire. You react to it primally, instantly. You don’t have to decide whether you like it, and you don’t really have to sit down and think about it much after you’re done listening to it. It really does run through you like wind.

— John Darnielle

It’s tough being a dictator, but I’ve always thought it must be tougher being a hanger-on to a dictator. The late nights spent listening to his crazed ranting, the weary rictus grin from smiling at bad jokes, the draining knowledge that one misjudged comment could land you on the chopping block.

— John Niven

People of color grow up steeped in ‘white’ culture. The reverse is not true. And, no, listening to hip-hop on the way to work does not count as immersion.

— John Ridley

I agreed with everything he was saying when he ran for president. I was listening to what he said. I go, this guy thinks like me and I agree with him. Now he’s changing. All he keeps saying is millionaires and billionaires don’t pay their fair share of taxes.

— Jon Lovitz

You can learn so much just by doing, not by listening to anybody.

— Juliana Hatfield

Even from a listening end now, I’m still completely a fan of music.

— James Iha

Listening to my regular favourites – Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and so on – I always feel, quite misguidedly, that nothing can be too bad if such beauty and brilliance exists in the world.

— Jane Asher

Leonard Bernstein was probably the most significant formative influence on me – he was such an encompassing musician. I spent my teenage years absorbing him, and my other interests stemmed off of that. Bernstein led me to Sondheim and to Gershwin, and Sondheim led me to listening to Joni Mitchell.

— Jason Robert Brown

I visit studios. Just to get the feel, the smell, and see what other people are doing. Not only listening to the radio, but going to studios, greeting musicians and artists, just getting a vibe.

— Jimmy Cliff

On first listening, Joni Mitchell’s ‘Court And Spark,’ the first truly great pop album of 1974, sounds surprisingly light by the third or fourth listening, it reveals its underlying tensions.

— Jon Landau

Leaders can get stuck in groupthink because they’re really not listening, or they’re listening only to what they want to listen to, or they actually think they’re so right that they’re not interested in listening. And that leads to a lot of suboptimal solutions in the world.

— Jacqueline Novogratz

I am stupidly passionate about music it has become a bit of drug. I buy tons of CDs and spend days listening to each and every one, putting notes on every song to know which tracks are good so that when I do my little MP3 collection, I know which songs to include.

— Jacques Villeneuve

I spent the night on a sliver of rock high up on the east face of Long’s Peak, climbing with Tom Frost, and slept at the icy feet of the Dru, listening to the lightning crack above me and the thunder roll down. I only did it to write about it. I would never go up on the Grotto Wall for fun.

— James Salter

I just essentially stayed at home for three years and just learned to play as many instruments as I could and listened to as many singers as I could. Like, when I got to about 19/20, I started listening to singers. I normally just listened to bands. Now I listen to a lot of old singers, not a lot of new stuff.

— James Vincent McMorrow

I was one of I think three white girls in my school. So, I was very much an outsider. And plus I was Jewish and all of my friends were black and Baptist because they listen to the coolest music. We were all listening to Ray Charles and what was then called race music.

— Janis Ian

I rode all around Hollywood listening to Donna Summer, looking out the window – all by myself – just going, ‘I’m number one!’ It’s a pretty extraordinary feeling.

— Jimmy Webb

I mean, I don’t like sitting at a table with seven or eight people asking me questions and kind of listening to what I’m doing – scrutinizing my thoughts and things like that. I just don’t like it. I can’t understand how anyone would.

— Joaquin Phoenix

We have to be very careful about what we say out there to the masses in the entertainment industry because people are listening to every word, and they take it to heart.

— Jennifer Love Hewitt

I don’t spend much time listening to the records when they’re done. Usually I let go of it. Especially in the Eighties and Nineties – they were like product, almost.

— Joe Perry

The minute viewers callin or write about your looks, they were not listening to what you were saying.

— Jessica Savitch

I love deeply, and when it comes to singing love songs and something that I have no problem doing, I put all of my heart and soul into these love songs. I know my fans out there are listening, taking these songs to heart. Like I say, they’re relating these songs to their lives, too, and their relationships.

— Josh Turner

The falsetto stuff, it must be a reaction to the black gospel singers that I really enjoy listening to.

— Justin Vernon

We live in a connected world now. Some find that frightening. If people are downloading our music, they’re listening to it. The internet is like radio for us.

— Jeff Tweedy

For a child actor, it’s a matter of listening, reacting, and being able to put yourself in a new place without being scared.

— Jena Malone

I was up until all hours of the night, listening to stories, meeting great old comedians.

— Joely Fisher

I had a big background in listening to classical music and I started trying to compose, like I was playing the guitar but I heard an orchestra in my head.

— John Fahey

If you’re in a successful band, you tend to fall into a role. But I’m not remotely laddish. I’m a grown-up. I’m vegan and teetotal. I run 50 miles a week, listening to Franz Ferdinand and the Four Tops at top volume.

— Johnny Marr

When I got to the stage, it was like a release, you know what I mean? Because it was like, ‘Oh, people like me. People like me. They’re listening to what I have to say. They’re not judging me on how I look they’re judging me on what I’m saying.’ So to me, that’s what’s worth it, and that’s what comedians have.

— Jay Pharoah

I was raised listening to, like, Jay and Big and Pac, Cassidy, Ludacris, even some of Drake’s stuff.

— Jay Pharoah

I think the American electorate should work a little harder at getting informed. That includes hearing, truly listening, to what the other side is saying. Whether you’re left or right.

— Jeff Daniels

R. Kelly is one of the pioneers that I grew up listening to. If he’s classified as an R&B artist, then I want to be like that. I don’t want to have limits either.

— Jeremih

Absolutely, I grew up listening to soul music. People like Stevie, Aretha, Ray Charles, Michael and Prince. My parents’ record collection was all I had when I was a little kid. If it wasn’t that, it was something else in their collection.

— Jesse McCartney

My father played guitar, so I always wanted to play for that reason. But I think the biggest reason was just the ’90s in general – growing up listening to the Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day and bands like that, and going to concerts and thinking it was the coolest thing in the world.

— Jack Antonoff

When I was very small, the electricity was turned off because we didn’t pay the bill. I remember sitting by the oil lamp listening to my mother playing ‘Careless Love’ on the piano.

— Jools Holland

I was trying to sound like some of the people I was listening to, like Mala and Coki.

— James Blake

From a very early period of my life I have derived the highest enjoyment from listening to music, especially to melody, which is to me the most pleasing form of composition.

— James Nasmyth

My kids definitely give me all of my ideas. I’m always listening to what they talk about, how they play, what they play. Their imaginations are so incredible.

— Josie Bissett

It was very hard to get any records, so the only source for us to really hear what was happening was listening to the Voice of America. We would be taping all the broadcast and then sharing the tapes and talking about it.

— Jan Hammer

Every Monday night, there was a scary movie on Spanish TV, so my parents used to send me to bed. I remember lying there, listening to the TV, and imagining the movie in my head. And so probably the scariest movies I ever saw in my life were the ones I imagined.

— Juan Antonio Bayona

The great thing about first-time actors is that they listen. If you say something in a scene, they were listening to it. They weren’t thinking about the return line.

— Justin Kurzel

I believe in doing vinyl. As long as vinyl can still be made into a high-quality standard, I’m going to still make all my records as a side A and a side B because that’s how I grew up listening to music.

— Jason Molina

Music is the most powerful thing on this earth, and it’s hard to be angry when you are listening to music.

— Jerry Reed

I had a brother six years older than me, so I wasn’t just listening to teenybopper stuff. My brother had the cooler music, but my parents had the Burt Bacharach, Tom Jones, the Association, the Fifth Dimension these groups were un-cool, but I secretly loved them.

— Jill Sobule

With music, there’s a conversation happening. You’re hearing what’s going on right now, with people’s emotional states, in a communal way, and listening to that is really – it’s both informative and so generous. It’s like emotional news.

— Jim Drain

In my fiction, there’s a lot that’s borrowed from music. It’s never like I’m taking a lyric, but more the mood of a particular song. ‘The Boy Detective Fails’ was like listening to ‘Eleanor Rigby’ by The Beatles, this very melancholy-but-poppy song.

— Joe Meno

I grew up listening to Barney Kessel and Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, guys with blues backgrounds.

— John Abercrombie

Peter Breggin, an American psychiatrist, had been criticising SSRIs since the early 1990s. He wrote ‘Talking Back to Prozac’ (1995) to repudiate psychiatrist Peter Kramer’s ‘Listening to Prozac’ (1993) – a bestseller which claimed that Prozac made patients ‘better than well.’

— John Cornwell

The New York City Ballet is always about the realm of possibilities, the realm of what the human body can do, what the human spirit can do. And it’s about listening, it’s about listening to remarkable music and how we respond to that.

— John Guare

I think my first musical memory is actually listening to Billie Holiday. I think I must have been, like, 3 or 4 years old.

— Jose James

During the writing process, I tend not to listen to too much music. I obviously wear a lot of influences on my sleeve, but if I was listening to too many records, I would turn into too much of a monkey.

— Jay Reatard

I listen more to music when I’m on my computer. I’m into the latest YouTube thing. I’m a nanosecond kind of listener, but if I’m driving I would be listening to a Merle Haggard box set. It’s a weird experience listening to ‘Working Man Blues’ by Merle Haggard and cruising around in a Porsche.

— Jason McCoy

A lot of times when you’re acting, you’re no longer talking and listening you’re going at it for your own self.

— Jason Scott Lee

A majority of American citizens are now becoming skeptical of the claim that our carbon footprints, resulting from our use of fossil fuels, are going to lead to climatic calamities. But governments are not yet listening to the citizens.

— John Coleman

When I put out ‘Video Games’ in May 2011, it was a 5:25-minute love song I was surprised when a lot of people said they were listening to it. I was surprised when it went to the radio, without me even knowing how something like that even happens!

— Lana Del Rey

Within the context of listening and understanding and walking with people together, we discover anew what were the teachings of Jesus, what he presented to us.

— Joseph Edward Kurtz

Unless the radio is on, I am usually listening to stuff that is very different to what I do.

— Leona Lewis

Ninety-nine percent of singing is listening and hearing, and so then 1 percent of it is singing.

— Linda Ronstadt

I have been so incredibly blessed, and I just feel like my calling is to be a missionary and share the gospel… The Lord’s given me a platform to stand on and an audience that is listening. I feel like it’s so important to share what makes me happy.

— Lindsey Stirling

When I use the Internet, it’s pretty much strictly for music. Checking out other people’s web sites, what’s going on, listening to music. It’s pretty much a musical thing for me.

— Liz Phair

I just cut songs I love and that represent what I want to say. And if it crosses over, that’s very flattering. It’s cool to know that with people listening to rock and rap, I’m sitting on their iPods along with that stuff.

— Luke Bryan

I want to tap into different styles. Something definitely mature, sultry, sensual, easy listening that everyone can enjoy. Every one of every race and everyone that likes different styles.

— LaToya London

I grew up listening in awe to stories of their wartime adventures. My granny, Joan, was a journalist and wrote amazing letters to my grandpa when he was a prisoner of war, while my nana, Mary, was a Land Girl, then a Wren. They were so independent, resilient and glamorous.

— Laura Carmichael

I think a lot of it had to do with, you know, I was always a daddy’s girl. I was always wanting to please him, and I think he was pleased when he’d walk past my room and I was listening to those records.

— Lee Ann Womack

We spent last night listening to Liverpool football team on the radio, wanting them to win so badly. Paul supports Liverpool. He was Everton for a while because of his family – but it’s all Liverpool now.

— Linda McCartney

I’m perfectly gregarious, but I can also be really happy left to my own devices with nobody watching me or listening to me.

— Lindsay Duncan

I’ve been listening to a new band called Wolf Alice, courtesy of my son. The vocalist, Ellie Rowsell, has a gorgeous voice.

— Lindsay Duncan

I don’t think of myself as a folk singer per se, but I really like blues and string-band music. When I started listening to records when I was a teenager, the folk boom was going on.

— Loudon Wainwright III

It’s nice when people say, ‘God, I’ve been listening to you since 1963 or 1985, or whatever.’ I appreciate anybody who goes out and buys music these days.

— Loudon Wainwright III

To be honest, accents are one of those things for me, personally, that usually come quite naturally by just listening to the people.

— Laura Donnelly

This is the first lesson for writers – or anyone – who conducts interviews: If you want someone to talk, you’ve got to know how to listen. And good listening is a surprisingly active process. The interviewee is your focus of attention you are there to hear what he says and thinks, exclusively.

— Lee Gutkind

I have a whole iPod full of exceptionally bad music, truly awful stuff including a disproportionate number of one hit wonders from the early ’80s and lots of hair bands. I find it utterly impossible to love a song until I know every single word, so listening to live music or new bands is pretty much out.

— Lauren Weisberger

Everything was so fresh and unique to us – it was a whole new world of music. Michael Jackson was so fresh, you know? We could approach it with such fresh ears, which wouldn’t be possible if we had been listening to it when we were younger.

— Luka Sulic

When you stop learning, stop listening, stop looking and asking questions, always new questions, then it is time to die.

— Lillian Smith

Let’s use our stories to encourage listening to one another and to hear not just the good news, but also the pain that lies at the back of a lot of people’s stories and histories.

— Karen Armstrong

In the 1950s in the United States, few music lovers were listening to chamber music. Daddy played Bach and Haydn on our phonograph for me. Not only did I become familiar with the form he discussed the concerti. My own head start. My own Head Start.

— Karen DeCrow

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.

— Karl A. Menninger

I listen to very little music, particularly contemporary. If I listen to it, it’s going to be my own music, some arrangement or something. I spend so much time listening that the way I relax is by watching things, a comedy that’s my way to wind down.

— Kate Bush

I grew up listening to a lot of soul music, and a lot of folk music.

— Katey Sagal

I have been listening to people’s advice. Being a parent, you need all the advice you can get.

— Katherine Kelly

Empty threats are often worse than saying nothing at all. It’s like leading from behind. Eventually, no one thinks you’re leading at all. And after a while, no one is even listening.

— Kathleen Troia McFarland

I’m always listening and watching my ear is like a boom mike. And judging, frankly. Constantly judging.

— Kathy Griffin

My way to de-stress is either listening to music or talking to my sister, Kourtney. She’s going to teach me how to meditate, and that should help a lot.

— Kendall Jenner

There are a few countries that, for whatever reason, really enjoy listening to my music.

— Kenny G

My brother is the lifelong musician he made the choice to do that when we were very, very young kids. I remember him playing in bands and listening to the music he was writing in the house – he’s nine years older than me.

— Kevin Bacon

I remember lying on the floor of the living room with headphones on when I was four or five years old, listening to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

— Kevin Richardson

I grew up listening to John Coltrane and jazz, so they were subtle influences. I sometimes think about doing some kind of weird jazz record, but I don’t know… It’s on my list of things to do. I don’t want to have to then go promote it.

— Kim Gordon

After months of playing air guitar to ‘Free Bird’, what really got me into guitar was watching a documentary about Jimi Hendrix and picking up the Woodstock soundtrack. Listening to his version of ‘Star Spangled Banner’ and ‘Purple Haze.’ My brother played acoustic guitar and, idolising him, I thought, ‘I’m going to get a guitar.’

— Kirk Hammett

I’ve learned to set boundaries and know when to say, ‘I just need to rest.’ I’m good at listening to what my body’s telling me.

— Kourtney Kardashian

I grew up listening to Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, so arriving in Nashville in the ’60s was really exciting for me.

— Kris Kristofferson

With improv, it’s a combination of listening and not trying to be funny.

— Kristen Wiig

I’ve worked countless hours in the gym, so I feel like I’m already prepared for the game. So when I’m listening to music pregame, it’s really just about personal enjoyment.

— Kyrie Irving

You want to reach people, but you also want to reach them in the most authentic way. You now have a mass market and an audience that’s listening, but they’re in love with a song that means absolutely nothing to you.

— K’naan

Every man is different. You can’t generalize with men you have to find out what your man wants. You have to listen to him when he’s telling you what he wants, because a lot of times they’re telling you, but you’re not listening.

— Karrine Steffans

I started playing guitar and writing songs when I was 15. I think what mainly sparked my interest was just the fact that I grew up listening to Cheryl King, Joni Mitchell, and James Taylor, and was just always inspired by that sort of organic art, and organic songs and just very natural songwriting that came out of some of those artists.

— Kate Voegele

When I was 13, listening to Choice FM, I would listen to a lot of R&B from America, and whenever a British person tried to do it, it didn’t really work, they just sounded like they were trying to copy that whole style. Now the music sounds British, something real rather than an imitation.

— Katy B

I don’t care who I play to, as long as they enjoy listening to what I play.

— Keith Emerson

I love accents, I love listening to people talk, I like to try to emulate it as accurately as I can.

— Kenneth Lonergan

When I was growing up listening to music, it was 2004, when The Starting Line and Finch and The Used were kind of my favorite bands.

— Kellin Quinn

I grew up listening to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and every record those bands put out was very unique in its own right. I have that mentality. too: if a song sounds like something I’ve already done, then I’ll throw it out, because I want each record to be a progression.

— Kellin Quinn

I was writing country songs, but I wasn’t listening to country yet. I grew up on a farm in East Tennessee, so my roots are country, you know? But I didn’t know where those songs came from or where they fit.

— Kelsea Ballerini

I started writing songs when I was 10. It was a natural way to express myself as a kid. It wasn’t until I started listening to jazz, joined the choir and picked up a guitar that my little hobby became something far more serious.

— Kimbra

I’m a huge fan of a lot of different genres of music, and I really felt like somehow I had been pigeonholed a little bit – maybe of my own doing – and in a way where I felt like I was sort of falsely defined. What my music was being called wasn’t really the music I was always listening to.

— Kathleen Edwards

I know that people everywhere listen to hip-hop, but especially being from the South, you really get that influence. You go out, you party, and it’s just always there. Also, I grew up listening and loving reggae music, too.

— Kat Dahlia

My romantically favorite era is 78, 79 listening to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 4, the live tapes, echo chamber and break beats.

— Kool Moe Dee

I put myself in the place of the listener when editing my writing. The last thing that I want to do is be preached at and told who to be or what to think when listening to an artist. However, I do want to be inspired. There’s a fine line.

— Macklemore

One of the issues I kept saying to my students is you have to learn to interrupt. When you raise your hand at a meeting, by the time they get to you, the point is not germane. So the bottom line is active listening. If you are going to interrupt, you look for opportunities. You have to know what you’re talking about.

— Madeleine Albright

People hear the soul, black influence in my voice. I grew up listening to CKLW and all the black stations like WLBS.

— Madonna Ciccone

If you take away the gift of reading, you create the gift of listening.

— Malcolm Gladwell

Listening is such a simple act. It requires us to be present, and that takes practice, but we don’t have to do anything else. We don’t have to advise, or coach, or sound wise. We just have to be willing to sit there and listen.

— Margaret J. Wheatley

Listening moves us closer, it helps us become more whole, more healthy, more holy. Not listening creates fragmentation, and fragmentation is the root of all suffering.

— Margaret J. Wheatley

An actor’s a guy who, if you ain’t talking about him, ain’t listening.

— Marlon Brando

The only sci-fi movie that I’ve ever been offered that, had circumstances been different, I would have definitely done, was ‘Avatar.’ And I literally couldn’t do it because of my schedule. But listening to James Cameron talk about ‘Avatar’ was so fascinating. Because he literally invented the world in his mind – and it literally existed.

— Matt Damon

When you have good friends you’ve been around, every time they talk, you don’t give them your full attention. You don’t look them in the eye and stop. Half the time, you’re listening, half the time, you are ignoring them.

— Matthew McConaughey

Human beings love poetry. They don’t even know it sometimes… whether they’re the songs of Bono, or the songs of Justin Bieber… they’re listening to poetry.

— Maya Angelou

Growing up, my grandmother did not want worldly music in the house. Then when I went out to California, I started listening to Spanish music, mostly Mexican music. But were I in Egypt, I would listen to the music of the people, or if I was in Italy, I’d listen to Italian music.

— Maya Angelou

Reading is more of a left-brain process, and listening to music is a right-brain function.

— Maynard James Keenan

Grace, respect, reserve, and empathetic listening are qualities sorely missing from the public discourse now.

— Meryl Streep

I didn’t really see the British punk movement, if that’s what it was, as wildly original, because I had been listening so intently to all the New York music since 1973, really.

— Morrissey

When a man interrupts a woman in mid-sentence, it reveals much about him. First, it shows he hasn’t been listening to what she is saying, and secondly, it indicates that he doesn’t want to listen to what she will say. Her views are not important.

— Madeleine M. Kunin

I love listening to the radio because there’s something about that discovery, that platform, still being the main medium. And it is changing with streaming services, but I like to listen to what people are listening to and figure out why is this song so catchy.

— Maren Morris

I internalize a lot of thoughts, and sometimes it seems like I’m not listening or totally zoned out, but I’m always on a loop of ideas and song titles. I’m definitely kind of a space cadet, but I’m very laid back.

— Maren Morris

Definitely scatterbrained. I internalize a lot of thoughts, and sometimes it seems like I’m not listening or totally zoned out, but I’m always on a loop of ideas and song titles. I’m definitely kind of a space cadet, but I’m very laid back.

— Maren Morris

Some people are natural beauties, some have great style, but sometimes it comes from talent. Take Kate Winslet: I was listening to her speech at the Golden Globes. That woman has so much intensity. She’s amazing to watch and to listen to. With some people, it can even be their voice that makes them attractive.

— Mary-Kate Olsen

I was blown away by the control and the range that I was hearing. I’m listening to Pavarotti and thinking, What the hell have I been doing with my voice all these years?

— Michael Bolton

The idea of standing five feet away from Norah Jones and listening to her sing Neil Young’s ‘Down By The River’ was just phenomenal. I compare that to what my kids know of at a concert, which is sitting in a stadium and watching a huge screen.

— Mick Foley

Michael Savage turns on a microphone and broadcasts his opinions to faithful followers who enjoy listening to his views on politics, social issues, and anything else that this colorful, provocative, entertaining guy comes up with. It doesn’t matter which of his views I agree or disagree with.

— Mike Gallagher

American society to me and my brother was thrilling because, first of all, the food made noise. We were so excited about Rice Krispies and Coca-Cola. We had only silent food in our country, and we loved listening to our lunch and breakfast.

— Mike Nichols

People, by and large, would rather be talking than listening.

— Mike Nichols

While listening, to things like western swing, for instance, I’d work something out in my head, then play it on my National not the same song, but one that captured the feeling of the original tune.

— Mark Knopfler

People say that if you talk too much about sex, you take away the mystery. I say, if you’re somebody who likes to talk, talk all you want – it’s not listening. You will never take away the mystery.

— Mary Gaitskill

My uncle is from Trinidad, so, ever since I was 7, I grew up listening to Soca, the genre that’s from there. It’s my favorite sound.

— Meghan Trainor

I grew up mostly with classical, big band, and a lot of Irish music – I really didn’t start listening to rock and roll until I was maybe sixteen.

— Moira Kelly

Sitting down for dinner not only helps you learn, but also teaches you how to listen – which I feel is the most important skill to have. I remember as a kid going around the table listening to everyone’s day. It was hard to have the manners not to interrupt back then.

— Michael Symon

I’m constantly listening to music and thinking about it and compiling my own cassettes and CDs in obsessively specific order. I have quite lunatic agendas for what I want to achieve. They won’t make sense to anyone other than me, but it is what I’ve spent most of my life doing.

— Michel Faber

On an average day, I spend 12 hours listening to music. Very little writing.

— Michel Faber

It’s just like music when you reckon it up. It’s like listening to Pavement it’s just The Fall in 1985, isn’t it? They haven’t got an original idea in their heads.

— Mark E. Smith

If you think you might have secret information listening to me, you’re lost.

— Morton Feldman

I think I’m also more open to other writers being present and listening to other opinions, whereas before I was going through my angsty teen years while making records.

— Michelle Branch

If you aren’t creeped out by the No Birth Control Left Behind rhetoric of the White House and Planned Parenthood, you aren’t listening closely enough. The anesthetic of progressive benevolence always dulls the senses. Wake up.

— Michelle Malkin

I suppose because I have a good ear, I could pick out harmonies and learn by ear. I still think that you have to have an ear for music to really be able to feel and understand what you’re playing. You can learn by watching and listening to other people.

— Mick Taylor

I eat broccoli. I think about the plot. I pace in circles for hours, counter-clockwise, listening to music. I try to think of one detail in the scene I’m about to write that I’m really excited about writing. Until I can come up with that one detail, I pace.

— Matthew Tobin Anderson

Insight into character comes from listening intently to the spoken word. The physical person, their charisma, charm and dramatic flair is more often used to persuade audiences, as they use these stealth tools of disguise and deception.

— Maximillian Degenerez

When you think you’re listening to several conversations at once, they tell me, you may really simply be time sharing – that is, listening a little bit to this one, a little bit to that one.

— Murray Gell-Mann

I was listening to a lot of math rock-y type bands do lots of complex stuff and I couldn’t figure out how they were doing it. Then I realized that sometimes they were finger tapping, so I started messing around doing it.

— Marnie Stern

If you want to be listened to, you should put in time listening.

— Marge Piercy

I was listening to the guy that represented me in the state Senate, and I just got really frustrated. I called my wife and said, ‘I’ve always wanted to do something that makes a difference.’ So I ended up running and won.

— Matt Salmon

Conversely, beware the man who does nothing but ask you questions about yourself and offers no information about himself. Not only is he keeping you at bay, he is probably not listening to your answers.

— Merrill Markoe

If you earned money listening to music, I’d be a millionaire.

— Michael Kiwanuka

Fancy your having no sunshine in London yesterday! Here it was glorious, like full summer, and I sat up with the window wide open, listening to the discourse of two amorous thrushes.

— Marie Corelli

I grew up listening to Puerto Rican music like everybody else. But when I listened to Charlie Parker for the first time, I said, ‘How does this guy play so fast?’

— Miguel Zenon

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— Mike McGavick

Actually, a lot of my influences were horn players. I really liked Eric Dolphy, John Coltrane and Miles Davis – people like that. My dad had a lot of those records. So when I started playing jazz primarily, it wasn’t jazz guitar that I was listening to.

— Mary Halvorson

Growing up, I didn’t really like folk music – I wasn’t a fan of Bob Dylan. I grew up mostly listening to rap and hip-hop it was this new form of music.

— Max Casella

There is such a thing as tempting the gods. Talking too much, too soon and with too much self-satisfaction has always seemed to me a sure way to court disaster. The forces of retribution are always listening. They never sleep.

— Meg Greenfield

I avoid listening to too many people’s comments about my script. I have learned to take in what is of use. It’s too frustrating looking at somebody’s notes who didn’t get what you were doing. If somebody says, ‘This stinks, and here are all the reasons,’ that’s not going to help you.

— Melissa Mathison

I love jazz and pop rock and country. I grew up listening to Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Anne Murray – if I hear something really great… I want to be a part of it.

— Natalie MacMaster

I got into writing because books and stories were always a big part of my life. I loved listening to them and then reading them, and I loved making them up.

— Nick Earls

I get even more nervous singing when everyone’s fallen silent, but I really try to communicate the meaning of the lyrics, and there’s people there listening to that, and if they’re moved by it, then I’m moved as well.

— Namie Amuro

Nothing had been attempted like that, to lift Dad’s voice, literally, off of that track and put it on a brand-new one, and then line it up, match it up, get the phrasing right. I remember listening – everyone listening at the end, and we were just enthralled. It was really wonderful.

— Natalie Cole

Lately I’ve been falling asleep listening to ‘Common One’ by Van Morrison, specifically the song ‘Summertime in England.’ It’s 15 minutes long, so to make it through the entire song is a real task unto itself, but Van has that emotional payoff that makes even his most tiresome songs more powerful than most people’s entire catalog.

— Nate Ruess

I probably wouldn’t be singing if not for Michael Jackson. When I started singing, I didn’t like my tone until my mom put me on to Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, so listening to the way they used their instrument helped me get more comfortable with my own.

— Ne-Yo

I don’t know, on a sitcom, and in theatre especially, you have to really be listening to an audience. And if you’re losing them, you can hear the sniffs, and the playbills shuffling and whatnot.

— Neil Patrick Harris

In ‘Over the Hedge,’ I played a bear, and I spent all this time listening to the sounds they make when they fight and mate, when they’re angry or happy.

— Nick Nolte

I’m kind of old-school and love nothing more than sitting, opening a book, and reading it. But I also love listening to audio books.

— Nick Cave

I remember, when I was a kid, listening to the radio and hearing ‘Big Bad John’ by Jimmy Dean – and it just blew me away. I used to sit there and call the radio stations and request that song. And then the Beatles were obviously out already, but I really didn’t know about the Beatles.

— Nikki Sixx

Nobody was listening when I learned how to play music. But there’s something about being on stage, talking to the audience, looking at them and smiling, that’s always been difficult for me. I’m a lot more comfortable now, but there are still moments of awkwardness.

— Norah Jones

I come by writing dialogue fairly naturally, I’ve got a chatty family I’m a bit of a voyeur, and if I’m ever in a public place, I automatically find myself listening.

— Patrick deWitt

Listening to hard rock on the subway doesn’t work for me, especially modern hard rock. Driving in L.A. helped me to understand the appeal of that music.

— Paul Dano

That would be such a life-changing thing, for us all to know that there are other beings out there who we could potentially communicate with, or maybe we are listening to a signal that they transmitted hundreds of millennia ago.

— Paul Allen

When I’m 80 and sitting in a rocking chair listening to the Rolling Stones, there is absolutely no way I’m going to feel old or forget my younger days.

— Patty Duke

We are all representatives of the American people. We all do town hall meetings. We all talk to our constituents. And I’ve got to tell you, the American people are engaged. And if you think they want a government takeover of health care, I would respectfully submit you’re not listening to them.

— Paul Ryan

I get labelled as just being about one thing, but there’s lots of layers to what I do. It’s just lazy journalism, but people start to accept it. If people spent an hour in my car driving around London and listening to the stuff I listen to, they’d hear some interesting stuff.

— Paul Weller

I’m a big fan of gospel music, and you cannot be a fan of rock and roll, you cannot be a fan of country western music, and you can’t really be a fan of jazz without listening to a lot of music that’s religious.

— Penn Jillette

According to my definition of God, I’m not an atheist. Because I think God is everything. Whenever I open my eyes, I’m looking at God. Whenever I’m listening to something, I’m listening to God.

— Pete Seeger

I usually hang around the room listening to a bit of last night’s show. If there’s one available, I go to the steam room every day for my voice. I spend half an hour there and then I eat, because I can’t eat later than four o’clock. Then I go for a soundcheck. That’s my day.

— Phil Collins

Republicans are listening and offering better solutions that get Washington out of your way, out of your pocket, and back on your side.

— Phil Gingrey

I loved my life, but my choices were overloading and overwhelming me. Listening to inner feelings and fulfilling some of these urges when they come along is incredibly important.

— Pamela Stephenson

Your average pop song or film is a very sophisticated item, with very sophisticated ways of listening and viewing that we have not really consciously developed over the years – because we were having such a good time.

— Paul Muldoon

I want to tell Quebecers that are listening: if you want to get back to the goal of creating a country, only a majority government can do it, a sovereigntist government of the Parti Quebecois.

— Pauline Marois

I believe that if you’re healthy, you’re capable of doing everything. There’s no one else who can give you health but God, and by being healthy I believe that God is listening to me.

— Pedro Martinez

I grew up Catholic, so I have these defenses about listening to anything with too much religiosity some of the lyrics didn’t sit well in my mouth. One of my beefs is the patriarchal setup. Having the ‘he, he, he, God, God, God, king, king, king’ stuff was hard for me.

— Patty Griffin

I was born and raised in the Bronx and my grandfather and my brother Garry were huge Yankees fans. One of my first memories is of them listening to a game on the radio and screaming at the radio. My brother would cry when they lost, and when I was really little, I didn’t know why he was crying.

— Penny Marshall

Now, we don’t get that many specific threats against sporting events, per se. But we know from listening to the chatter how terrorists want to attack iconic events. So whether it’s a major Fourth of July celebration or the Super Bowl or the World Series, we assume that that is what they’re targeting.

— Peter T. King

I enjoy staying home with friends more than going out. The other night, for example, my girlfriends and I stayed in listening to some ’90s rap – my favorite kind. We were in the Hamptons and made it an all-Biggie weekend, all of his albums on repeat. I loved it.

— Phoebe Tonkin

For that reason you can’t write with music playing, and anyone who says he can is either writing badly, or not listening to the music, or lying. You need to hear what you’re writing, and for that you need silence.

— Philip Pullman

I don’t know if I was funny as a child, though I always thought my parents really enjoyed listening to me sing.

— Pippa Evans

One evening, after my wife and son had gone out for a walk, I decided to have a talk with my neighbor, who I believe was murdered. I had gotten to know and admire him by listening to people talk about him. He seemed a wonderful person with much to give.

— Poe Ballantine

Not listening to people who care about you, not to be open or transparent, will make you isolated.

— Ofra Strauss

I have spent a lot of time listening to people who are serving life sentences and getting to know them and the circumstances of their lives. I have never met anyone serving a long prison sentence who had anything close to what I could call a childhood instead, the upbringings always – always – involve extreme situations of poverty and abuse.

— Rachel Kushner

Many people, especially young people, have started listening to sitar since George Harrison, one of the Beatles, became my disciple.

— Ravi Shankar

I like listening to old soul music. I like Sam Cooke. When I was growing up, the first things I was listening to was Whitney Houston and Cher. They were really big inspirations for me.

— Rebecca Ferguson

I’ve been listening to ‘Chapo Trap House’ – they’re quite radical. Every time I listen to it, my brain feels opened up.

— Rebecca Hall

I kept listening to albums where I’d hear this very joyful sound – and it was always the glockenspiel. Then I ordered one online, and I figured out how to play it.

— Rachel Boston

Music is very similar to comedy: It’s all about texture, timing, context, vocabulary, performance. When someone’s onstage doing a solo, essentially it’s the same thing as what a comedian does. They’re in the moment. They’re listening.

— Reggie Watts

Casey Kasem not only played the music of the stars, he also reached the sunniest-sounding celebrity on his very own. Listening to him on the radio, you could hear America smiling.

— Richard Corliss

I grew up listening to a lot of early ’90s hip-hop. I had the debut Wu-Tang album, Biggie, Snoop, that kind of stuff. Hieroglyphics, the Gravediggaz. I remember D.O.C.’s ‘The Portrait of a Masterpiece’ was something that had a big influence on me.

— Riz Ahmed

During my sabbatical, I spent two years not listening to my songs at all.

— Ricky Martin

I love improv so much. Listening. I think that’s the key. When you improvise, you put a lot of pressure on yourself to create, and to be generating information, and trying to be funny, but if you just listen to what’s being said to you, and then react honestly, you generally get better results.

— Rob Riggle

I don’t have an iPod. I mean, I have a couple. Doesn’t everyone? But I don’t use it. I need to because I go to the gym now, and I’m tired of listening to morning radio. I want some music! I do have a video iPod, but I don’t use it either.

— Ricky Schroder

I learned a lot from playing those late-night, 1-to-4 A.M. gigs with my band, and playing when no one was listening.

— Rachel Platten

But I like to listen to demos. I like to hear the finished product. It’s like listening to a song – I mean, a story. If you’re going to sit here and tell me a story, I just like to listen. I don’t want to make them up.

— Reba McEntire

I’ve got CDs in my car, listening all the time for that next song, because everybody’s looking.

— Reba McEntire

Click! In other words, I’m in a very controlling position, and I can bring… and I’ve already… if the camera’s on you, your face is very concentrated. You’re listening. You don’t know what I’m going to say next, and now you’re smiling. All these things are the things I work with.

— Richard Avedon

At 18, I moved to L.A. with my heavy metal band Avant Garde, which was very much influenced by Metallica. At 19, I got a job at Tower Records, and everything started to change very quickly. I started listening to the Velvet Underground, Pixies, early Nirvana, Sonic Youth, and also earlier music like the Beatles.

— Rivers Cuomo

I don’t limit my taste. There’s some jazz that I like and there’s some opera. I’ve been listening to what was essentially country music, but it crossed over to rock.

— Rick Moranis

At 15, I started listening to hard rock and heavy metal, but I would say it was more hard rock because I liked Kiss, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, and eventually AC/DC.

— Rick Rubin

Everything I do, whether it’s producing or signing an artist, always starts with the songs. When I’m listening, I’m looking for a balance that you could see in anything. Whether it’s a great painting or a building or a sunset.

— Rick Rubin

When I watch professional football, I love listening to John Madden because I know he knows what he’s talking about. He’s been both down in the trenches and in front of the bench as a coach. He knows the game.

— Robert Kiyosaki

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about women, which I try to pass on to my boys, it’s listening. Listen to the other side of the story first.

— Rod Stewart

When punk came along, I found my generation’s music. I grew up listening to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, ’cause that was what got played in the house. But when I first saw the Stranglers, I thought, ‘This is it.’

— Robert Smith

For a period in the ’90s, I felt that the Cure was massively undervalued. But there has been a paradigm shift. There’s a bunch of newer bands coming up who’ve grown up listening to the Cure and don’t understand that you’re not supposed to like us.

— Robert Smith

Here’s the thing: When you become brilliant at listening, people feel that you care about them. When they feel you care about them, they begin to care about you. And when people care about you, your success becomes a part of how they define their success.

— Robin S. Sharma

I really understood a lot more about comedy after listening to Bill Hicks, who died at 32 years old. He’s probably the best comedian who ever lived. Although you can’t say that because of Carlin, Cosby and Pryor.

— Ron White

I grew up listening to oldies, like Motown. That’s from my mom.

— Ryan Lochte

The Sandberg Game’ comes up all the time. Fans tell me where they were. They were driving down the highway, they were in the bleachers, they were downtown listening on the radio, they were on the farm on a tractor. I’ve heard all the stories where people have been. They’re just amazed by the ending of the game and the thrill of it.

— Ryne Sandberg

I like being on the floor, listening in on the huddles. It makes me feel like a player again.

— Rebecca Lobo

Acting is reacting. You can’t react if you’re not paying attention, if you’re not listening.

— Reid Scott

Whenever I get an idea for a song, even before jotting down the notes, I can hear it in the orchestra, I can smell it in the scenery, I can see the kind of actor who will sing it, and I am aware of an audience listening to it.

— Richard Rodgers

As a musician and a guitar player, I can noodle as well as anybody. But from my background as a session musician, I always try to play what is called for by the lyric and listening to the song. As a writer, that’s what I do, too.

— Richie Sambora

I’d been listening to some old ’70s disco, soul stuff, and I thought, ‘Let’s go into the studio and do something different. Let’s do something that’s super unashamedly pop and fun and danceable.’ ‘Trouble’ is what we did. It’s something that wrote itself.

— Ricki-Lee Coulter

I had some good teachers. One of the greatest teachers I’ve had is bluegrass music: going back and listening to Bill Monroe’s music, the Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs. When I was with Ralph Stanley I learned a lot from him.

— Ricky Skaggs

My access to music when I was growing up was through pirate radio, you know, transistor radio under the pillow, listening to one more and then ‘just one more’ until your favourite track comes on.

— Robert Palmer

We’ve been around, and we’ve stayed around, and we go out, and people still enjoy listening to us, and we still sell a lot of tickets, so what do I got to complain about? Nothing.

— Robin Zander

I love the ‘Delilah’ show. I’ve been listening to it for years and years. It’s incredible. She’s always got a song for the right occasion. Many people call in, maybe their spirit it a little down, and she lifts them up. She is really somebody special. She’s a lifeline to a lot of people.

— Ronnie Milsap

As a really young child, I was listening to the echoes of the age before, music hall and stuff like that, as well as classical bits on the radio.

— Roy Harper

I’m on my boat, training, rehearsing I spend all my energy on the job that’s coming up, and I found that’s the way that works for me. The more energy you have on set, the better you’ll be it’s all about being alive in that moment and listening.

— Rory McCann

I think, with certain characters, you have to listen. Sometimes, listening can be funnier: the thing you don’t say is the one-liner. That’s the ying to the yang.

— Ray Santiago

Reading a brief filled with ad hominem attacks is like listening to my kids fight, except that I have to wait until we’re in the courtroom to tell the attacking lawyer what I think about it.

— Raymond Kethledge

You have to do a lot of listening, you don’t just learn out of yourself.

— Ruggiero Ricci

Bonnaroo is the most significant festival in the country. I can sometimes just get caught up in the moment and listening and say, ‘Oops, I gotta go sing now.’

— Richie Furay

In the ’50s, listening to Elvis and others on the radio in Bombay – it didn’t feel alien. Noises made by a truck driver from Tupelo, Mississippi, seemed relevant to a middle-class kid growing up on the other side of the world. That has always fascinated me.

— Salman Rushdie

I think I’ve been called edgy – but in all honesty, there is a safety in what I do because I’m always the idiot. Unless you’re just listening to buzz words and not taking into account the context of the situation, you see I’m always the ignoramus.

— Sarah Silverman

I was always the class clown I made my family laugh, and that was when I was always happiest. I grew up listening to stand-up comedians’ albums and watching them on TV, on ‘The Tonight Show’ and Letterman.

— Sarah Silverman

Then as the years went on and my listening became more deliberate, I would climb up on an arm of our big sofa to get my ear closer to the wireless speaker.

— Seamus Heaney

I’ve always been a daydreamer. When the other kids were playing, I was listening to the roar at Yankee Stadium – I was always attracted to the roar of the crowd.

— Sean Combs

The companies that make meaningful contributions while also listening to the voices of others are the ones that will genuinely engage their community, who will then go to work for them.

— Simon Mainwaring

Listening is active. At its most basic level, it’s about focus, paying attention.

— Simon Sinek

Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him.

— Simone Weil

No, it’s not a very good story – its author was too busy listening to other voices to listen as closely as he should have to the one coming from inside.

— Stephen King

Look at the product pipeline, look at the fantastic financial results we’ve had for the last five years. You only get that kind of performance on the innovation side, on the financial side, if you’re really listening and reacting to the best ideas of the people we have.

— Steve Ballmer

I kept listening, kept going to see people, kept sitting in with people, kept listening to records. If I wanted to learn somebody’s stuff, like with Clapton, when I wanted to learn how he was getting some of his sounds – which were real neat – I learned how to make the sounds with my mouth and then copied that with my guitar.

— Stevie Ray Vaughan

I’m the lightest sleeper. I can hear a pin drop. It’s been worse since I was ill. I think your inner ear is always half open, listening out for the faintest danger sign.

— Sam Taylor-Wood

I really didn’t get obsessed with Bowie until my freshman year in high school. I remember listening to ‘Starman’ and thinking it sounded like it was a song for kids, like a lullaby. The Thin White Duke is my favorite look that he created.

— Scott Weiland

I don’t think you’d call me a traditionalist. But you can say I have an old soul, because I grew up listening to Conway Twitty and Hank Williams.

— Scotty McCreery

That’s important, apologizing, listening, you know, I think the teens I speak with, most of them don’t feel understood. They feel like they’re being lectured to all the time.

— Sean Covey

When I was younger, I was listening to a lot of Armenian music, you know, revolutionary music about freedom and protest. In the 70s I was listening to soul and the Bee Gees and ABBA, and funk.

— Serj Tankian

Very seldom do we receive any support for trusting ourselves, listening to our own sense of inner truth, and expressing ourselves in a direct and honest way.

— Shakti Gawain

Nina Simone had such an androgynous voice the first time I listened to her I thought it was a man, and I’m sure a lot of people listening to me think I’m a woman. Her voice is kinda like the poster child for me.

— Shamir

Like when I’m singing live I can’t hear myself. I’m just listening to the rest of the band. To listen to my voice, it doesn’t even feel like it’s me.

— Sia Furler

Trust your instincts: they tend to see you right. By listening to them, at least you can sleep at night.

— Sophie Ellis-Bextor

I love listening to old school stuff. I listen to some new cats out here, but I’m really into, like, Tech N9ne and his clique I really like Eminem and those guys – cats that got real flow: I really connect with that. But I do love rock. I love a lot of electronica because I love programming synthesizers.

— Sir Mix-a-Lot

When I was creating my Luxhair Now wig line, I was listening to what my fans were saying online because I wanted to make something that the average woman could wear to work.

— Sherri Shepherd

I wanted to be a composer before anything else. And my sister was listening to Led Zeppelin in the other room! When I heard that, it was a game-changer.

— Steve Vai

I could never overstate the importance of a musician’s need to develop his or her ear. Actually, I believe that developing a good ‘inner ear’ – the art of being able to decipher musical components solely through listening – is the most important element in becoming a good musician.

— Steve Vai

All musicians practice ear training constantly, whether or not they are cognizant of it. If, when listening to a piece of music, a musician is envisioning how to play it or is trying to play along, that musician is using his or her ‘ear’ – the understanding and recognition of musical elements – for guidance.

— Steve Vai

Listening to music for me is like homework. Music will give me enjoyment, but as soon as it’s giving me that enjoyment, I want to analyse it, and then it becomes work. Why does it sound like that? How?… then I dissect it.

— Steve Winwood

I got thrown out of music school for even listening to Fats Domino and Ray Charles. I was asked, ‘What kind of music do you like to listen to?’ and I said, ‘Well, I do like Paul Hindemith and Igor Stravinsky but I also like Fats Domino and Ray Charles,’ and they literally said, ‘Either forget about that or leave.’

— Steve Winwood

I grew up listening to everything. I was in rock n’ roll bands and punk bands, and I loved bluegrass and country music, too. Then, when I moved to Nashville, I put out a very traditional country record because that’s just what you do. I had a bunch of very traditional country songs. Next thing you know, you’re a country singer.

— Sturgill Simpson

I want people to focus on listening, not the image. And I want to play to everyone: rednecks, dubstep kids, punk rockers, and people who like as-real-as-it-gets country music.

— Sturgill Simpson

I think people generally are lost, as they keep thinking about what is going to happen and what they have done. They are not alive anymore. The art of listening is missing. In their head, they are doing something else.

— Sushant Singh Rajput

I prefer listening to talking, reading to socializing, and cozy chats to group settings.

— Susan Cain

John Kennedy won the first televised presidential debate among those watching it, while Richard Nixon won among those listening on the radio.

— Susan Estrich

I’ve grown up with my parents’ music tastes, listening to Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones.

— Saoirse Ronan

A Court of Thorns and Roses,’ big surprise, was inspired by music. By actually listening to the ‘Princess Mononoke’ soundtrack.

— Sarah J. Maas

I got the idea for ‘Throne of Glass’ when I was sixteen. Music always inspires my books, and when I was listening to the ‘Cinderella’ soundtrack, I thought, ‘What if Cinderella was actually an assassin who liked getting dressed up all pretty and going to the ball, but then she wouldn’t mind kicking butt?’

— Sarah J. Maas

I remember listening to Cube’s music when I was like 14 years old, my friends listening to it up in Toronto.

— Scott Speedman

I grew up listening to Beethoven and old jazz singers like Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Anita O’Day. But those were, like, the only women I listened to – I hated women pop singers.

— Sophie B. Hawkins

London audiences are tricky, too. They don’t laugh as much as the Northern audiences because, and I hate to say this, they are a bit cleverer normally, and they are picking up on all the little details and listening more carefully.

— Steve Coogan

While my friends were busy listening to the Talking Heads, Police, and B-52s, I was busy teaching myself to program on the Atari.

— Steven Sinofsky

I think I get a lot of ideas from when I was a kid, listening to Casey Kasem’s ‘American Top 40.’

— Sufjan Stevens

A mate of mine said recently said a lot of stuff sounds like you’re listening to it outside, but also like you’re surrounded by it, and I think that’s quite similar.

— Sean Booth

I was aiming for the cooks that I’ve talked to by teaching an online course and by traveling, listening to people who are really busy and harried but want to be cooking.

— Sally Schneider

I listen to KCRW in the car and Pandora radio, which I stream through the stereo from my iPhone. I’ve been listening to everything from Caribou to Conway Twitty. If I’m going on a longer car ride, I’ll download some podcasts.

— Sam Trammell

Recorded engine sounds, however, are a deliberate deception. They’re like going to a concert and listening to a recording. On the other hand, I wouldn’t mind buying a BMW recording and installing it in my ’96 Jeep Cherokee.

— Serge Schmemann

There are definitely times where I am listening to the radio, and I think, ‘That would be awesome. I would love to sing that.’ It’s this weird karaoke fantasy that I might someday get to live out on the big screen.

— Skylar Astin

Homeward Bound.’ I find myself listening to that tune a lot when I’m traveling. Sitting in a railway station, wanting to go home, carrying all your stuff with you.

— Steven Hall

I grew up listening to Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, and Angela Lansbury, so I grew up wanting to sound like Patti and Bernadette. What I realized, though, is that I can’t sound like that, and what makes their performances magical is their uniqueness.

— Susan Egan

Big meetings and big talk are not enough in a world that is hungry for change. Big action – world leaders keeping their promises, and developing countries committing resources while listening ardently to the voice of the small farmer – is needed to bring big results and prosperity to the world’s poor.

— Sylvia Mathews Burwell

I enjoy listening to opera at home, occasionally, but I would much rather see it than just listen to it.

— Sam Waterston

When I am listening to Vivaldi or Japanese music or making spaghetti at 3 in the morning and realize that I don’t have the proper sauce for it, fame is of no use.

— Saul Leiter

I love Celtic music and listening to it, but I just don’t have the type of voice to sing it.

— Sophie Kennedy Clark

I grew in the inner city, listening to Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, James Brown, The Commodores – lots of soul music.

— Stefon Harris

From now on, the technology companies that succeed will be those that have developed skills at listening and a sophisticated understanding of their customers’ industries.

— Samuel J. Palmisano

When I got to Princeton I made a point of attending the Philosophy Club and listening to the lectures, but I didn’t get involved in any discussions in those clubs. I guess after the first year, I dropped that.

— Stephen Cole Kleene

If you looked at the sound pattern of an old-fashioned record, it would be very spikey. But nowadays, there’s no spikes – everything looks like a brick, so the quiet bits become louder. It’s actually damaging because it’s like listening to a drill.

— Stephen Morris

I didn’t grow up watching TV or going to McDonald’s or listening to mainstream music. Like, the casting agents are looking elsewhere for the cheerleader role.

— Summer Phoenix

I have always been very entrepreneurial minded. Oftentimes, while I was sitting in class listening to my professor ramble on, I would think to myself: ‘I could be out there making money right now.’

— Shay Carl

Those old adages – you attract more with honey do unto others – are true. You can get attention by being acerbic or mean or making a bizarre comment. But by being nice, being empathetic, building relationships and listening, people begin to recognize that you’re thoughtful and respectful of their position.

— Shelley Moore Capito

I just enjoy the sound as I hear it in everything around me. The high and low frequencies of sound bewitch me. Whether I am in a shop, in the bathroom or listening to noise that my fans make… everything is music to my ears and drives me. I just put all these things in rhythm when I’m playing.

— Sivamani

Whenever you play dance music, it serves a function. It becomes a utility you have to worry about the tempos and what you’re going to play for people. But when you’re playing for listening, you’re free.

— Stan Kenton

I started buying records in the ’80s. I listened to everything new wave, disco, funk synth-pop, rock, but in my house we were listening to bossa nova, tango, and folk.

— Steven Sater

As an actor, you’re listening to the other person and always trying to be present and take everything they’re giving you, but when they’re not there, you have to produce that yourself.

— Tatiana Maslany

There’s always a spattering of people who see Hanson who were influenced by classic ’60’s and ’70’s rock and roll. In a lot of ways, we’re sort of the anatomy of a ’70’s rock band if you examine what we do: white guys who grew up listening to soul music from the ’50’s and ’60’s.

— Taylor Hanson

I saw old Autumn in the misty morn stand shadowless like silence, listening to silence.

— Thomas Hood

Whenever I sang, I said to myself, ‘Maybe tonight.’ I would never let down, no matter how few people were listening.

— Tiny Tim

No, I don’t know how to get young people to start listening to jazz again. But I do know this: Any symphony orchestra that thinks it can appeal to under-30 listeners by suggesting that they ‘should’ like Schubert and Stravinsky has already lost the battle.

— Terry Teachout

One second I’ll be listening to country, and then the next I’ll be listening to rock and then R&B. It’s ridiculous. I’m all over the place with my music.

— Taylor Lautner

I’m not exactly sure how many kids I have, but yes, I do miss them officially, for the record. In case any of them are listening, I love you.

— Tre Cool

The moment in which you make somebody laugh, you’re only doing it to make them laugh and be happy. Then afterward you can be like, ‘Oh, I just want the attention. I feel so good that everybody’s listening to me and I got the approval that I need.’

— T. J. Miller

There is a problem in Washington, and the problem is bigger than a continuing resolution. It is bigger than Obamacare. It is even bigger than the budget. The most fundamental problem and the frustration is that the men and women in Washington aren’t listening.

— Ted Cruz

I first met Solange at a party for her gorgeous and inspiring website, Saint Heron. I’d already had so many phases of listening exclusively to 2012’s ‘True’ and admired her activism and radiant style.

— Tavi Gevinson

I grew up listening to classic rock – the Kinks, Genesis, The Who, Pink Floyd.

— Ted Cruz

There were times when I was just listening to albums for the hype of it. Some albums, I would just put it on in my car, and me and my friends would just drive, that we’d wild out to, get arrested to.

— Theophilus London

I’m listening to early Cash Money, I’m listening to Juvenile, I’m listening to Waka Flocka, I’m listening to Lil B, I’m listening to Brandy, Kanye – that’s my home playlist.

— Theophilus London

I love audio books, and when I paint I’m always listening to a book. I find that my imagination really takes flight in the painting process when I’m listening to audio books.

— Thomas Kinkade

If people are not listening to you as individuals, it’s always good to get together and make a stand for something.

— Tinie Tempah

I grew up in an eclectic house where people were listening to all types of different music. I also think being educated, eloquent and knowing how to talk for yourself in the industry makes you go a long way.

— Tinie Tempah

When I got out of high school, I was in a blues band. It was the kind of music I was interested in, and listening to, mostly because it was becoming a vehicle for a generation of guitarists – like Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. Mike Bloomfield. And that’s what I wanted to be, principally: a guitar player.

— Todd Rundgren

It was always remarkable to me how ignorant the labels were of the listening habits of their own customers, and how obstinate they were in denying those habits and then trying to essentially alter those habits instead of retooling their business to adapt to them.

— Todd Rundgren

The NSA is not listening to anyone’s phone calls. They’re not reading any Americans’ e-mails. They’re collecting simply the data that your phone company already has, and which you don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy, so they can search that data quickly in the event of a terrorist plot.

— Tom Cotton

I grew up in New Mexico, and the older I get, I have less need for contemporary culture and big cities and all the stuff we are bombarded with. I am happier at my ranch in the middle of nowhere watching a bug carry leaves across the grass, listening to silence, riding my horse, and being in open space.

— Tom Ford

I love listening to new stuff, at home in LA I always have the radio on to hear what is happening.

— Tom Jones

The music that I wrote and recorded is music that I really enjoy listening to. It’s just dumb luck that a lot of other people do, too.

— Tom Scholz

There are ways to stimulate being prolific, and part of that is making pilgrimages, and being open to listening, changing up the routine.

— Tori Amos

I’m a big Justin Bieber fan. I’ve been a Justin Bieber fan. I’ve been listening to his music. OG, you know. That’s also my friend, too, so, you know. It’s just one of those things. We’ve been supporting each other’s music for a long, long, long time.

— Tory Lanez

For a songwriter, you don’t really go to songwriting school you learn by listening to tunes. And you try to understand them and take them apart and see what they’re made of, and wonder if you can make one, too.

— Tom Waits

Some day I’m gonna be gone and people will be listening to my songs and conjuring me up. In order for that to happen, you gotta put something of yourself in it.

— Tom Waits

With other people, you’re always swapping music. Somebody is always listening to something you’ve never heard. It’s a great way to hear all sorts of new things.

— Tracy Chapman

If we play to first time Blink 182 listeners, it’s good they are listening to us and not the Backstreet Boys. Old Fans or new fans, it’s all the same to us.

— Travis Barker

Most people believe that their listening skills are where they need to be, even though they aren’t. A study at Wright State University surveyed more than 8,000 people from different verticals, and almost all rated themselves as listening as well as or better than their co-workers. We know intuitively that many of them are wrong.

— Travis Bradberry

Effective listening is something that can absolutely be learned and mastered. Even if you find attentive listening difficult and, in certain situations, boring or unpleasant, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. You just have to know what to work on.

— Travis Bradberry

I think early on in my career, I was heavily inspired by bands like Throbbing Gristle and Test Dept, and films of David Lynch, for example, where the soundscape plays a very important role in the listening experience.

— Trent Reznor

Fifteen is around the time when my parents broke up, and all I was listening to was 2Pac.

— Ty Dolla Sign

I grew up in Georgia, so I grew up listening to the Allman Brothers.

— Trisha Yearwood

The records that I grew up listening to had feel, and the drummers that inspired me – like Stewart Copeland, Neil Peart, Phil Collins and Roger Taylor – all had their own voice and individual style.

— Taylor Hawkins

Politicians in Washington and Madison aren’t hearing, aren’t listening to their constituents and prioritizing getting people back to work and growing our economy.

— Tammy Baldwin

I don’t think music affects what words I choose to type in what order, within what punctuation, at this point, because I’m rereading and editing each sentence, at this point, in my published books, probably 100-150 times each, on average, and listening to probably 20-60 different songs in that time.

— Tao Lin

I’m a hybrid-genre person, which a lot of people find confusing. I grew up listening to American country music and rock n’ roll made between 1955 and 1959. The Everly Brothers and Chuck Berry were my first musical loves and are still what I am most moved by. Roy Orbison came a little bit later.

— Teddy Thompson

There are days when I intentionally don’t write. For instance, I never write when I’m traveling, because travel is a situation where I can learn more by looking and listening than by working.

— Thomas Perry

I don’t think I ever heard music playing when I was younger, other than the radio. My parents got me a Walkman and stuff like that, but I was always way more into listening to music than they were.

— Tobias Jesso, Jr.

One month I’ll be completely obsessed with Bob Dylan and the next Arcade Fire. I like early Elton John and David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. I listen to a lot of American bands. But I like listening to new bands, too.

— Tom Odell

In a way, I have to have a dictatorship. I can’t be told that I’m wrong. That conflicts with what I was saying earlier about listening. It isn’t to do with receiving criticism and responding to other views, it’s who has that last decision.

— Trevor Nunn

What you’re doing is putting into professional play the way that you relate to other people, the way that you analyze and relate to a written text, the way that you would persuade anybody to do anything. It has to do with listening, with humility and a sense of yourself.

— Trevor Nunn

The music I love listening to is more of the Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Dido, Jewel, Nora Jones, Joss Stone, a bit more of that organic live-instrumentation feel.

— Tammin Sursok

Talk radio around Boston is brutal, and I think that’s part of what goes on is that people as they’re driving to and from work start listening to these jerks, and I say jerks, because I don’t think they know what they’re talking about and they’re just serving some things up as controversy so they can sell the show to sponsors.

— Tom Heinsohn

Instead of doing thousands of dives, I am focusing on quality, and I’m listening to my body more.

— Troy Dumais

Onstage, even though you’re here together with the other actor, face-to-face, playing out the scene, you also have that other ear pointed out toward the audience and how they’re listening. That informs a lot.

— Uzo Aduba

I realized I was more convincing to myself and to the people who were listening when I actually said what I thought, versus what I thought people wanted to hear me say.

— Ursula Burns

Before I was 5, I did have a lot of time on my hands. I had no job and really no career, and I spent an awful lot of time listening to records. It was more the classical ones, really – Prokofiev, and I think there was some Mozart in there, and more impressionistic composers like Delius.

— Wallace Shawn

Most people read poetry listening for echoes because the echoes are familiar to them. They wade through it the way a boy wades through water, feeling with his toes for the bottom: The echoes are the bottom.

— Wallace Stevens

I’ve learned that I get blocked when my subconscious mind is telling me that I’ve taken the work in a wrong direction, and that once I start listening to what my subconscious is trying to tell me, I can work out the problem and get moving again.

— Walter Jon Williams

There are many, many nouns for the act of looking – a glance, a glimpse, a peep – but there’s no noun for the act of listening. In general, we don’t think primarily about sound. So I have a different perspective on the world I can construct soundscapes that have an effect on people, but they don’t know why. It’s a sort of subterfuge.

— Walter Murch

Acting is doing. It’s not speaking it’s behavior. It’s something happening, even if you’re only listening.

— Wayne Rogers

Enough to using Texas as a political laboratory for testing far-right ideas. Enough to using Texas as a workshop for fattening the wallets of their special interest friends and supporters. And enough of politicians listening only to each other, rather than real Texans.

— Wendy Davis

I think a lot of the instincts you have doing comedy are really the same for doing drama, in that it’s essentially about listening. The way I approach comedy, is you have to commit to everything as if it’s a dramatic role, meaning you play it straight.

— Will Ferrell

Too much emphasis is put on American roots music when people try and place me. You know, I grew up listening to punk.

— Will Oldham

What is normally called religion is what I would tend to call music – participating in music, listening to music, making records and singing.

— Will Oldham

You don’t need to know this – but here goes: due to some acquired infantilism, I feel compelled to fall asleep listening to the radio. On a good night, I’ll push the frail barque of my psyche off into the waters of Lethe accompanied by the midnight newsreader – on a bad one, it’s the shipping forecast.

— Will Self

Kids today aren’t listening to music audio-only. They’re picking up a CD and looking at the lyric sheet and wondering why the pictures aren’t moving around. Who wants to do that? It’s like Bam Bam Flintstone hanging with the dinosaurs vs. Elroy Jetson who’s flying around space. If I’m a kid, I wanna be kicking it with Elroy.

— will.i.am

I wanted to make somebody feel like Coltrane made me feel, listening to it.

— Wynton Marsalis

When I first started, I worked with my father, Alex ‘Little Bill’ Wallace he was a guitarist like B.B. King. I was around 13 when I started, and I learned a lot by looking and listening. I learned how to be a bandleader from watching that band work.

— Wadada Leo Smith

I grew up watching American films, listening to American music, and it’s a big contribution to the rest of the world. I mean, American jazz, for me, is the best thing culturally that America has produced.

— Wagner Moura

I enjoyed listening to it, but I didn’t think I could do it.

— Wanda Jackson

Growing up in Memphis and listening to all kinds of music and dreaming… So that was one of the first times I wrote a complete song and set it to music and the whole bit. From then on, I was busy with it.

— William Bell

I used to love ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe,’ and I can still remember listening to them before I would fall asleep. I can remember the first ten minutes of the book perfectly, but whether I knew the rest of it was slightly more dicey.

— William Moseley

I have mostly been terrified of listening to scary stories around a campfire. We camp a lot as a family, and at night my dad would try and tell us scary stories. This made eating s’mores difficult. The story would start with something like… ‘and the old man who lived in these woods…’ I would then run back into the camper terrified.

— Willow Shields

Seeing people who are actually reading your book and listening to the wide variety of reactions they have to it, is really special.

— Veronica Roth

I know this will blow your mind, but most people would probably never ever get it, but I listen to classical music when nobody else is around. It calms me down and I can get into this, like, deep thinking mode, you know, because there’s really no lyrics to it, so you’re not following something that – that you’re listening to a story.

— Vanilla Ice

Sometimes people talk about music, whether blogs or magazines, in a strange way where it doesn’t seem like they’re actually listening to it.

— Victoria Legrand

I don’t have the activist temperament. I like listening to divergent points of view and hearing people out. I like getting along. I even like being liked, although activists of any stripe should get rid of that handicap at the outset.

— Victoria Moran

My so-called bad dress-sense phase happened when I was confused – I think I was taking advice all too often, without listening to my inner voice. Add to the fact that I was a little overweight so every wrong ‘outfit’ got compounded all that much.

— Vidya Balan

We do have our finger on the pulse of the marketplace, if for no other reasons than having all these live events and listening to our audience all the time.

— Vince McMahon

Music, for me, is vital. Punjabi, Bollywood, Sufi, RnB… I listen to it all. When I’m not listening to music, you will find me chatting with friends. Off the field, I just let my instincts take over. I certainly don’t think about batting, or which bowlers I’m going to face.

— Virat Kohli

For me, personally, I’m usually not on my phone that much. I prefer listening to old radio shows and watching foreign films than tweeting.

— Yara Shahidi

I grew up listening to a lot of Malaysian pop music, which is kind of like a mixture of traditional and pop… I was also listening to a lot of English music as well.

— Yuna

I grew up listening to a lot of different types of music, and R&B in particular was something that I loved – Aaliyah, Usher, Alicia Keys, TLC.

— Yuna

In the car on my way to the studio, I was listening to ‘Where Are U Now’ with Justin Bieber and Jack U, so I was like, ‘Wow, this is such a banger.’ I loved the thought of having a ballad at the beginning and then just a massive drop.

— Zara Larsson

That’s absolutely one of my main goals, to have a number one on Billboard. That’s a big thing for me. That means people are buying and listening to your music.

— Zara Larsson

My brother’s 21 years older than me, so I grew up doing more adult things. Like listening to old music.

— Zac Brown

Just imagine, the thousands and thousands of concerts that take place every single day, all over the world. And the positive effect that they would have on the people listening. Now imagine a world without this. This void… it is unthinkable.

— Zubin Mehta
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