We should all know this: that listening, not talking, is the gifted and great role, and
the imaginative role. And the true listener is much more beloved, magnetic than the talker,
and he is more effective and learns more and does more good. And so try listening.
Listen to your wife, your husband, your father, your mother, your children, your friends;
to those who love you and those who don't, to those who bore you, to your enemies. It
will work a small miracle. And perhaps a great one.
Brenda Ueland, a prolific Minnesota author and columnist, died in 1985 at the age of 93. Her father
was a lawyer and judge, her mother a suffrage leader. From a collection of her essays, "Strength To Your
Sword Arm: Selected Writings by Brenda Ueland." Copyright 1992 by The Estate of Brenda Ueland.
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