A time for silence

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Music is pleasing not only because of the sound but because of the silence that is in it: without the alternation of sound and silence there would be no rhythm. If we strive to be happy by filling in the silences of life with sound, productive by turning all life’s leisure into work, and real by turning all our being into doing, we will only succeed in producing a hell on earth. If we have no silence, God is not heard in our music.

Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island

photo Helgi halldorsson

3 thoughts on “A time for silence

  1. Several times in the last week I’ve given thanks for music in my gratitude journal. This quote expresses what I wanted to be able to articulate. It’s all the more appropriate as I am this very moment listening to New Day by James Todd from his cello/piano album entitled Quiet Beauty. Thank you for posting this thought.

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