The Temple With A Thousand Halls

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“And what yesterday appeared to be a garden or a park or a jungle, today or
tomorrow is recognized as a temple, a temple with a thousand halls and courtyards in which the spirit of all nations and times is present, constantly waiting for reawakening, ever ready to recognize the many-voiced multiplicity of its phenomena as a unity. ”

– Hermann Hesse

 

1889 Man sitting on a bench inside the Hollow Tree in Stanley Park, Vancouver (unknown)

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Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.

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“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.”
― Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

 

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Living on a Hint

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.

— Henry David Thoreau

In the Case of Good Books

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“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” 
 Mortimer J. Adler

image: Lin Kristensen acquired from Wikimedia Commons

Listen With a Still Heart

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Above all, he learned from it how to listen, to listen with a still heart, with a waiting, open soul, without passion, without desire, without judgment, without opinions. — Herman Hesse, Siddhartha

“Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.” – Pythagoras

“Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.”  – Pythagoras

“We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is the great paradox.” – Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Leon Spilliaert
Leon Spilliaert

“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.”- Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Ralph Eugene Meatyard
Ralph Eugene Meatyard

“My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.”- Edith Sitwell

Edith Sitwell
Edith Sitwell

“Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. – Amir” – Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

‘Stargazer’ - Sam Wolfe Connelly
‘Stargazer’ – Sam Wolfe Connelly

“For now she need not think of anybody. She could be herself, by herself. And that was what now she often felt the need of – to think; well not even to think. To be silent; to be alone. All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others… and this self having shed its attachments was free for the strangest adventures.” – Virginia Woolf – To the Lighthouse

René Magritte - La vie privée, (The private life) 1946
René Magritte – La vie privée, (The private life) 1946

“I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.” – Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

Fred Stein, 1946
Fred Stein, 1946

“In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.” – Rumi

Félix Thiollier (1842-1914): Figure contemplant les monts du Menzenc, 1895-1905.
Félix Thiollier (1842-1914): Figure contemplant les monts du Menzenc, 1895-1905.

“I don’t think…” then you shouldn’t talk, said the Hatter.”- Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

“Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.” – William S. Burroughs

“Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.” – George Eliot

“It is always assumed by the empty-headed, who chatter about themselves for want of something better, that people who do not discuss their affairs openly must have something to hide.” – Honore de Balzac, Pere Goriot

Nancy Cunard-Curtis Moffat, c. 1925
Nancy Cunard-Curtis Moffat, c. 1925

“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.” – Elbert Hubbard

Robert George Harris
Robert George Harris

“If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet…maybe we could understand something.” – Federico Fellini

Julien Spianti, Elsewhere
Julien Spianti, Elsewhere

 

Solitary drinker Lafayette Hotel Greenwich Village New York 1948 Photo: Berenice Abbott
Solitary drinker Lafayette Hotel Greenwich Village New York 1948 Photo: Berenice Abbott

To think with a limp

“Even though she herself had walked from the wreckage unscathed, some spirit shrapnel lodged itself deep inside her, beyond the reach of surgeons, poisoning her thoughts and causing her to think with a limp.”

Rhidian Brook: The Aftermath (ISBN 9780241957479)

Andre Coquelin

photo: Andre Coquelin

I Found You Among Noble Things

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Alba

 (‘Infinite things desired, lofty visions’)

I found you among noble things,

I knew you among true spaces,

you come bringing the world’s depths,

hold in your hands the mind’s future.

You were not meant for dull being,

and I long to sweep away,

all this time, and all this silence,

find you again among noble things.

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