„My work should be judged as it enters the ears and heads of listeners, not as it is described to the eyes of readers.“

—  Arnold Schönberg, As quoted in an interview with José Rodriguez (c. 1936) in Schoenberg‎ (1971) by Merle Armitage, p. 143
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„Never explain- your reader is as smart as you. Your reader is not just any reader, but is the rare one with ears in his head.“

—  Basil Bunting Poet 1900 - 1985
I SUGGEST Advice to Young Poets Basili Bunting Poetry Archive, Durham University Library 190

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„The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole Life to reading my works.“

—  James Joyce Irish novelist and poet 1882 - 1941
Interview with Max Eastman in Harper's Magazine, as quoted in James Joyce (1959) by Richard Ellmann. Eastman noted "He smiled as he said that — smiled, and then repeated it."

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„A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.“

—  Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946

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„We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say.“

—  Zeno of Citium ancient Greek philosopher -334 - -263 a.C.
As quoted in Diogenes Laërtius Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, vii. 23. Variant translation: The reason why we have two ears and only one mouth is that we may listen the more and talk the less.

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„Why should he listen if he has within him all that is necessary? There is no reason now for listening, but rather for judging, pronouncing, deciding.“

—  José Ortega Y Gasset Spanish liberal philosopher and essayist 1883 - 1955
Context: It is not a question of the mass-man being a fool. On the contrary, to-day he is more clever, has more capacity of understanding than his fellow of any previous period. But that capacity is of no use to him; in reality, the vague feeling that he possesses it seems only to shut him up more within himself and keep him from using it. Once for all, he accepts the stock of commonplaces, prejudices, fag-ends of ideas or simply empty words which chance has piled up within his mind, and with a boldness only explicable by his ingenuousness, is prepared to impose them everywhere.… Why should he listen if he has within him all that is necessary? There is no reason now for listening, but rather for judging, pronouncing, deciding. There is no question concerning public life, in which he does not intervene, blind and deaf as he is, imposing his "opinions." Chap. VIII: The Masses Intervene In Everything, And Why Their Intervention Is Solely By Violence