"I dig my hands into the absolute. The surface breaks..."
— Jorie Graham, from "The Visible World"
George Prochnik, "Schopenhauer: The Sound of Unsparing Rage Against Noise":
"His argument is that a great intellect has precisely one distinguishing feature: the ability to concentrate on a single subject for a long period of time. Noise more than any other phenomenon means distraction from this process of burrowing deeper down into the marrow of a thought..."
Eugene Richards (via onlinebrowsing)
"It is in the gap, in separation, in the silence that challenges our existence, that we are human.
It is in music that we dream of an original unity."
— Edmond Jabès, quoted in Rosmarie Waldrop’s Lavish Absence, 2002
"It is easy to lose, through meddling or neglect, an entire aspect of existence. And sometimes, to cultivate a single new thought, you need not only silence but an entirely new life."
— Jennifer Moxley, from "The Atrophy of Private Life"
Study for Terretektorh (distribution of musicians) by Iannis Xenakis, 1965. Diagram for an 88-member orchestra scattered among its audience. (via i12bent; notationnotes)
"The tree of silence bears the fruit of peace."
— Arabian proverb