Listening is what you do when someone is talking and you carefully take in every word that is said. There are many listening quotes which show that being a good listener is the way to make friends and gain the trust of others. Those who talk incessantly because they want to get the last word in or like to hear their own voices have never perfected the art of listening. When someone speaks to you they deserve to get your undivided attention, not a half hearted attempt to pay attention so that you end up missing part of the conversation. Listening is an important skill that needs to be cultivated but in the modern world we are often so busy rushing from one thing to another that we never really slow down enough to truly listen to those around us.