"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would have preferred to talk."
While talking can sometimes help us understand ourselves, listening helps us understand others. And by understanding others, we will better understand ourselves. If we listen to the words of others, they will teach us about life — both what to do and what not to do. We probably learn more from the failures of others than we do from their successes. As writers, storytellers and artists, we need to understand other people. The better we understand people, the more realistic and truthful our art will be.