Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Mightier


"Silence can be torture. It can be aggressive, it can be terrifying, or it can be blissful and beatific and serene; and I was a little afraid of it." 
-Colin Firth on his role in A Single Man (video, 17:15 mark)


"The best way to answer a bad argument is to let it go on and that silence is the 'unbearable repartee.'"



‘There is a charming quality, is there not,’ he said to me, ‘in this silence; for hearts that are wounded, as mine is, a novelist, whom you will read in time to come, claims that there is no remedy but silence and shadow. And see you this, my boy, there comes in all lives a time, towards which you still have far to go, when the weary eyes can endure but one kind of light, the light which a fine evening like this prepares for us in the stillroom of darkness, when the ears can listen to no music save what the moonlight breathes through the flute of silence.’ 
- Swann's Way, a book that is starting to grow on me



It's interesting how I've serendipitously come across these beautiful passages on 'silence' in the last three days.



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