„Art destroys silence.“

Testimony: The Memoirs

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Russian composer and pianist 1906 - 1975

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„Having to talk destroys the symphony of silence.“

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„Possibly all art flowers more readily in silence.“

—  Patrick White English-born Australian writer 1912 - 1990

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Context: Possibly all art flowers more readily in silence. Certainly the state of simplicity and humility is the only desirable one for artist or for man. While to reach it may be impossible, to attempt to do so is imperative. Stripped of almost everything that I had considered desirable and necessary, I began to try. Writing, which had meant the practice of an art by a polished mind in civilised surroundings, became a struggle to create completely fresh forms out of the rocks and sticks of words. I began to see things for the first time. Even the boredom and frustration presented avenues for endless exploration; even the ugliness, the bags and iron of Australian life, acquired a meaning. As for the cat's cradle of human intercourse, this was necessarily simplified, often bungled, sometimes touching. Its very tentativeness can be reward. There is always the possibility that the book lent, the record played, may lead to communication between human beings. There is the possibility that one may be helping to people a barely inhabited country with a race possessed of understanding.
These, then, are some of the reasons why an expatriate has stayed, in the face of those disappointments which follow inevitably upon his return.

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„I was overjoyed when I read Yevtushenko's "Babi Yar"; the poem astounded me. It astounded thousands of people…People knew about Babi Yar before Yevtushenko's poem, but they were silent. And when they read the poem, the silence was broken. Art destroys silence.“

—  Yevgeny Yevtushenko Russian poet, film director, teacher 1932 - 2017

Solomon Volkov (ed.), Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich (New York: Limelight, 2006) pp. 158-9.
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„A real work of art destroys, in the consciousness of the receiver, the separation between himself and the artist.“

—  Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910

Настоящее произведение искусства делает то, что в сознании воспринимающего уничтожается разделение между ним и художником...
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„A fine work of art - music, dance, painting, story - has the power to silence the chatter in the mind and lift us to another place.“

—  Robert McKee American academic specialised in seminars for screenwriters 1941

Source: Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

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„Science, philosophy, literature and art do not have any value if the ones who are active in these fields keep silence about the executions.“

—  Taraneh Javanbakht Iranian scientist, faculty, poet, translator, playwright and writer 1974

Source: Gooyanews website, 2015 http://news.gooya.com/politics/archives/2016/03/209463.php

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„Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.“

—  Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881

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„You’ll know what to say when the time comes. That’s the art, eh? What to say, and when to say it. And the rest is silence.“

—  Ursula K. Le Guin American writer 1929 - 2018

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„Silence isn't golden and it surely doesn't mean consent, so start practicing the art of communication.“

—  T.D. Jakes American bishop 1957

Source: Let it Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven

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„1953. Learn the art of Silence; the wise Man that holds his Tongue, says more than the Fool who speaks.“

—  Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734

Introductio ad prudentiam: Part II (1727)

„The world of art was less fortunate. Many of the younger men barely lived through the first flush of youth. Destroying Death is the worst enemy to the arts.“

—  Wynford Dewhurst British artist 1864 - 1941

Source: Impressionist Painting: its genesis and development. (1904), p. 1.

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„There is not room for Death,
Nor atom that his might could render void:
Thou — Thou art Being and Breath,
And what Thou art may never be destroyed.“

—  Emily Brontë English novelist and poet 1818 - 1848

No Coward Soul Is Mine (1846)
Context: p>With wide-embracing love
Thy Spirit animates eternal years,
Pervades and broods above,
Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates, and rears.Though earth and moon were gone,
And suns and universes ceased to be,
And Thou wert left alone,
Every existence would exist in Thee. There is not room for Death,
Nor atom that his might could render void:
Thou — Thou art Being and Breath,
And what Thou art may never be destroyed.</p

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„We had forgotten the art of using silence to convey emotions in our films and that's what you seem to have mastered. You've used silence to great advantage in the film. It's brilliant.“

—  Amitabh Bachchan Indian actor 1942

To Farhan Akhtar, after a private screening of the film, Lakshya, reported in Cine Blitz‎ (2004).

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„The Art of War is about how to take advantage of your neighbours, how to destroy people, how to succeed at the expense of other people.“

—  John Minford New Zealand sinologist 1946

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„Interpreting the Orient through the arts would destroy it, the artistic exploitation might eventually prove as harmful as military or political adventurism.“

—  Eugène Fromentin French painter 1820 - 1876

Quote from Three Nineteenth-Century French Writer/Artists & the Maghreb; Günther Narr, Verlag Tübingen, 1994, p. 51

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