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Solitude and Silence

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2012 by stevemccurry

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition.
– Octavio Paz, Nobel Laureate

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Mali

Language… has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone
And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.
– Paul Tillich

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India

We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private:
and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.
-C.S. Lewis, Weight of Glory

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Kashmir

In this wired age of non-stop communication with
little or no time for reflection and contemplation,
many find it necessary to carve out time in order to have the opportunity to be
creative, innovative, and imaginative.

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Tibet

 

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Costa Rica

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.

– Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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Kashmir

The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.
– Voltaire

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Sri Lanka

Religious figures from Moses to Jesus, Mohammed
and the Buddha all found great value in solitude.

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Iraq

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone;
if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom;
for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.
– Arthur Schopenhauer

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Umbria, Italy

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self.

- May Sarton

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India

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Canada

Silence is more musical than any song.
– Christina Rossetti

Maimana, Afghanistan


Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life.

Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it.
- Khaled Hosseini,  Amir in The Kite Runner

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Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Work is not always required.
There is such a thing as sacred idleness.
– George MacDonald

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Thailand

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Mexico

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Nepal

In Silence there is eloquence.
– Rumi

Silhouettes and Shadows

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2012 by stevemccurry

Bodh Gaya, India

 The Sun never knew how wonderful it was
until it fell on the wall of a building.
Louis Kahn, Architect

quoted in forward of In Praise of Shadows,  Junichiro Tanizaki

Mud Mosque, Mali

Look round and round upon this bare bleak plain,
and see even here, upon a winter’s day,
how beautiful the shadows are.

  Alas!  It is the nature of their kind to be so.
The loveliest things in life are but shadows,
and they come and go, and change and fade away…

- Charles Dickens

Cambodia

Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows,
the light and dark which that thing provides.
- Junichiro Tanizaki

Kabul, Afghanistan

We are but dust and shadow.
- Horace

Preah Khan, Cambodia

You can only come to the morning through the shadows.
- J.R. R. Tolkien

Thailand

Burma/Myanmar

Mauritania

Brazil


Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow.
- T. S. Eliot

Italy


Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow.
The shadow is what we think of it.  The tree is the real thing.
- Abraham Lincoln

New York

Kandze, Tibet

Burma/Myanmar

Kabul, Afghanistan

China

Kashmir

Korea

Hindu Kush Mountains, Afghanistan

Ancient Catacombs, Rome, Italy

A shadow on the wall
boughs stirred by the noonday wind
that’s enough earth
and for the eye
enough celestial participation.
- Gottfried Benn
Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann

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