A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that’s just how the world will come to an end: to general applause from wits who believe it’s a joke.
Soren Kierkegaard, 1843
Everything’s already been said, but since nobody was listening, we have to start again.
André Gide
How odd I can have all this inside me and to you it’s just words.
David Foster Wallace
Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.
Stephen R. Covey