Quotes about silence

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Claude Debussy photo

„Music is the space between the notes.“

—  Claude Debussy French composer 1862 - 1918

As quoted in Turning Numbers into Knowledge: Mastering the Art of Problem Solving (2001) by Jonathan G. Koomey, p. 96; since at least 2010 similar statements are also sometimes attributed to Mozart, and a similar remark, apparently one of Ben Jonson, is quoted in "Notes to Cynthia's Revels, in The Works of Ben Jonson: With Notes Critical and Explanatory, and a Biographical Memoir (1875), edited by William Gifford, Vol. 2, in notes to p. 223, on p. 551: Division, in music, is "the space between the notes of music, or the dividing of the tones."
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Music is the silence between the notes.
The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.
The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between them.
Variant: Music is the space between the notes.

Joachim Kaiser photo

„The word "Silence" today sounds "bridegroom" or the "tragedy of love."“

—  Joachim Kaiser German music critic 1928 - 2017

quoted in Dieter Schott, Bill Luckin, Geneviève Massard-Guilbaud, Resources of the City: Contributions to an Environmental History of Modern Europe (2005), p. 225

Ram Dass photo

„We're fascinated by the words--but where we meet is in the silence behind them.“

—  Ram Dass American contemporary spiritual teacher and the author of the 1971 book Be Here Now 1931 - 2019

George Steiner photo

„Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence.“

—  George Steiner American writer 1929 - 2020

"The Retreat from the Word," Kenyon Review (Spring 1961).
Language and Silence: Essays 1958-1966 (1967)

Johannes Tauler photo

„Become a fertile ground for the divine birth. Cherish this deep silence within, nourish it“

—  Johannes Tauler German theologian 1300 - 1361

Quoted in "Johannes Tauler: Sermons" translated by Maria Shardy
Context: Become a fertile ground for the divine birth. Cherish this deep silence within, nourish it Cherish this deep silence within, nourish it frequently frequently.

Robert Sarah photo

„At the heart of man there is an innate silence, for God abides in the innermost part of every person.“

—  Robert Sarah Roman Catholic bishop 1945

The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise (2017)

Rumi photo

„Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
Live in silence.“

—  Rumi Iranian poet 1207 - 1273

"A Community of the Spirit" in Ch. 1 : The Tavern, p. 2
Context: Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
Live in silence. Flow down and down in always
widening rings of being.

Ramana Maharshi photo
Markus Persson photo
Markus Persson photo

„Mansplaining is a sexist term designed to silence men via gender shaming.“

—  Markus Persson Swedish video game programmer 1979

[Hansen, Steven, Minecraft billionaire feels oppressed by women, https://www.destructoid.com/minecraft-billionaire-feels-oppressed-by-women-363094.phtml, 12 November 2017, Destructoid, 2016-05-23]

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Markus Persson photo

„Privilege is a made up metric used to silence and repress. We are all different, and that is ok. We listen to individuals and help each other based on individual strengths and needs. We do not generalize based on skin color, bigot.“

—  Markus Persson Swedish video game programmer 1979

In response to a Twitter user who tweeted to him that "it’s not OK to celebrate white privilege". " 'Minecraft' Creator Goes Full White Man Denying White Privilege on Twitter https://www.theroot.com/minecraft-creator-goes-full-white-privilege-denying-whi-1820904201". The Root. (November 30, 2017)

Citát „What keeps my heart awake is colorful silence.“
Claude Monet photo

„What keeps my heart awake is colorful silence.“

—  Claude Monet French impressionist painter 1840 - 1926

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