Eavesdropping Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old eavesdropping quotes, eavesdropping sayings, and eavesdropping proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


There is an art to eavesdropping, but I think to some extent we are all guilty of picking up those little odds and ends that can be quite intriguing if you analyse them.     

Susie Dent

There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.     

Thornton Wilder

The key to good eavesdropping is not getting caught.     

Lemony Snicket

Any place is good for eavesdropping, if you know how to eavesdrop.     

Tom Waits

Eavesdropping's a sin, but ignorance is fatal. Take your pick.     

Elizabeth Bear

I shouldn't have eavesdropped, but sometimes, that's the only way to find out the truth.     

Jodi Picoult

Nothing good was ever learned from eavesdropping, so mind your business and let others mind theirs.     

Maryrose Wood

Eavesdropping's sort of thrilling 'cause you learn what people really think, but eavesdropping makes you miserable for exactly the same reason.      

David Mitchell

A writer's occupational hazard: I think of eavesdropping as minding my business.     

Barbara Kingsolver

Spying is a like a game of chess: Sometimes you have to withdraw, sometimes you have to sacrifice one of your pieces to win - preferably a knight rather than a king or queen.     

John Rhys-Davies

Eavesdropping is a deplorable habit, but I have developed worse ones since.      

Patrick Rothfuss

The first rule of snooping is to come at it sideways.     

Mary Ann Shaffer

The end and aim of spying in all its five varieties is knowledge of the enemy; and this knowledge can only be derived, in the first instance, from the converted spy. Hence it is essential that the converted spy be treated with the utmost liberality.     

Sun Tzu

I do love to eavesdrop. It's inspirational, not only for subject matter but for actual dialogue, the way people talk.     

Lynda Barry

If you could eavesdrop on everything said about you, you'd spend most of your time waiting for the subject to come up.     

Robert Breault

Eavesdropping is such a regular-person activity.     

Franny Billingsley

We're no longer in the Cold War. Eavesdropping on friends is unacceptable.     

Vladimir Putin

Spying on people by magic is the same as spying on them in any other way.     

C. S. Lewis

The first step in good reporting is good snooping.     

Matt Drudge

Spying among friends is never acceptable.     

Angela Merkel

Spying is always an expensive method of acquiring information.     

Muriel Lester

There's been spying for years, there's been surveillance for years, and so forth, I'm not going to pass judgement on that, it's the nature of our society.     

Eric Schmidt

Every time you overhear something hurtful, I want you to do something kind for someone else.     

Suze Orman