"How wonderful it is, to be silent with someone."
"I love your silences, they are like mine. You are the only being before whom I am not distressed by my own silences. You have a vehement silence, one feels it is charged with essences, it is a strangely alive silence, like a trap open over a well, from which one can hear the secret murmur of the earth itself."
Anaïs Nin, excerpt from Under a Glass Bell
"I am working out the vocabulary of my silence."
"And the oak when it falls in the forest who hears it through miles and miles of silence?"
"Silence is cinema! We are so used to sounds; we’re always talked at. Silence is very rare for us for a long duration of time. It makes people very uncomfortable. But what it does, it also forces us to perceive on a much deeper level because we can no longer just be told things. Silence is like gold. In terms of cinema from a story perspective, silence forces the audience to engage more, because if they’re not being told what to think, then they have to put in the subliminal elements. I love that personally and I think it’s an obligation we have, because then the audience and the film interact. You’re not just passive, you penetrate each other."
"Trust yourself. At the root, at the core, there is pure sanity, pure openness. Don’t trust what you have been taught, what you think, what you believe, what you hope. Deeper than that, trust the silence of your being."
(via mujiyo: / parkstepp:)
"How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself."
Virginia Woolf, The Waves
"There are answers in the silence. I feel the presence of everything, nothing shouts importance. Quiet is quieting."
"Silence is inside the word as something to be read."
"I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own."
"Silence is something that comes from your heart, not from outside. Silence doesn’t mean not talking and not doing things; it means that you are not disturbed inside. If you’re truly silent, then no matter what situation you find yourself in you can enjoy the silence."
"The problem is no longer getting people to express themselves, but providing little gaps of solitude and silence in which they might eventually find something to say. Repressive forces don’t stop people from expressing themselves, but rather, force them to express themselves. What a relief to have nothing to say, the right to say nothing, because only then is there a chance of framing the rare, or ever rarer, the thing that might be worth saying."
"At certain times, a silent mind is very important, but ‘silent’ does not mean closed. The silent mind is an alert, awakened mind; a mind seeking the nature of reality."
Susa Talan Art + Illustration
Silence between. Yes, there is much to pay attention to in the silence between. Wing beats, breath, musical notes, lifting a cup of tea and placing it down again. Good morning bells. Grateful for sound and this silence.