The good story lay in half-told things which must be filled in out of the hearer’s own experience.
Often we hear badly when we think we hear well.[Souvent on entend mal ce qu’on croit bien entendre.]
It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.
He that has ears to hear, let him stuff them with cotton.
Every man hears only what he understands.
A man who won’t listen can’t hear.
A man who tells secrets or stories must think of who is hearing or reading, for a story has as many versions as it has readers.