Quotes about silence

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„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

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„Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.“

—  Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519

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„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.

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„All I want is blackness. Blackness and silence.“

—  Sylvia Plath American poet, novelist and short story writer 1932 - 1963

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„I never observed silence till I was hanged.“

—  Nathuram Godse Assassin of Mahatma Gandhi 1910 - 1949

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„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

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