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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

CANADA-10004

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

MEXICO-10037

Mexico

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Nepal

In Silence there is eloquence.
– Rumi

Language of Looking

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2011 by stevemccurry

Please scroll to the bottom for the unseen portrait of the week. 

 There are many ways to describe the ways that people look at each other and the world.  We peek, stare, glance, gaze, gape, glare, and peer.  We also examine, contemplate, squint, and observe.

 

 INDIA-10216Jodhpur, India

BURMA-10151Yangon, Myanmar/Burma

GERMANY-10061 Berlin, Germany

The question is not what you look at, but what you see. 
 - Henry David Thoreau 

YUGOSLAVIA-10069Croatia

AFGHN-13002Kabul, Afghanistan

AFGHN-13295Afghanistan

AFGHN-12691NFnsKabul, Afghanistan

INDIA-10731Thirumullaivayil, India

One of the most wonderful things in nature is a glance of the eye; it transcends speech; it is the bodily
symbol of identity. 

- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

INDIA-10757Train to Peshawar, Pakistan

BURMA-10394NF5Myanmar/Burma

PARAGUAY-10030Paraguay

TIBET-10303NFBarkhor Quarter, Lhasa, Tibet

It’s the way to educate your eyes.  Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop.  Die knowing something.  You are not here long.
- Walker Evans  

SPAIN-10020Reina Sofia, National Museum of Art, Madrid, Spain

If you look at a thing 999 times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it for the 1000th time,
you are in danger of seeing it for the first time.
-  G. K. Chesterton 

INDIA-11085Jaipur, India

I used to try to figure out precisely what I was seeing all the time, until I discovered I didn’t need to.
If the thing is there, why, there it is.
- Walker Evans

CAMBODIA-10311A man examines photographs of victims of the Khmer Rouge’s S-21 prison camp, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 Unseen Portrait of the WeekPAKISTAN-10011Baluchistan, Pakistan

Solitude – The Power of One

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2010 by stevemccurry
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Barkhor Quarter, Lhasa, Tibet

 

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

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Old Kabul, Afghanistan

 

In this wired age of non-stop communication with little time for reflection and contemplation, many find it vital to carve out time in order to have time to be creative, innovative, and  imaginative.

Grand Canyon, Arizona, U.S.

 

Octavio Paz Mexican writer, poet, and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature said  “Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition.”

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

 

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Himalayan India

 

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Howrah Station, Calcutta, India

 

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Brazil

 

“I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers.”

- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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Moscow, Russia

 

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Dal Lake, Vale of Kashmir


“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

My pictures on people reading around the world will be featured at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 5.

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