Encounter's Quotes from Jewish Sources
Who is wise? The one who learns from everyone, as it is said 'From all who would teach me, I have gained understanding.'
-Pirkei Avot 4:1
Do not be confused by the many voices you hear; remember they all come from the one God.
-Pesikta d'rav Kahane 12:25
The Torah is acquired by means of 48 qualities [including] attentive listening, articulate speech, understanding and discernment... humility deliberation?sking and answering, hearing, and contributing to the discussion.
-Pirkei Avot 6:5-6
For the love of inquiry and knowledge, it is advisable that one not reject what contradicts ones view. This holds especially true for [an interlocutor] who does not intend to provoke?ut to honestly declare his beliefs. Even if these are counter to our beliefs and our religion, it is not proper to say to him, 'Speak not, say nothing,' for by doing so there will result no clarification of beliefs. On the contrary, one should say, 'speak up?s much as you wish? Such is the proper manner in which to establish the truth: to hear their arguments which they hold in truth, and not merely to provoke. Therefore it is not right to dismiss the words of one's opponent, but to draw him close and look carefully into his words.
-Maharal Be'er HaGolah 7
The Eternal God has taught me how to speak, even to those tired of speech. Morning by morning God awakens me, awakens my ear: teaching me to listen.