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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

Lost in Thought

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by stevemccurry
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Bagan, Burma/Myanmar
 A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought.  There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor. 
- Victor Hugo
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 Angkor Wat, Cambodia

 Never be afraid to sit a while and think. 
- Lorraine Hansberry,  A Raisin in the Sun
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 Varanasi, India
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Afghanistan 
 
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  Cambodia

 Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen;
even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. 
-Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks, 1508
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Canada 
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New York City 
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South Korea 
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Uzbekistan 
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United States
CHINA-10065China
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Honduras
AFGHN-12422Ahmed Shah Massoud, Kabul, Afghanistan
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Bamiyan, Afghanistan
 
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
– Voltaire

CAMBODIA-10298Angor Wat, Cambodia 

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Jammu & Kashmir 
SPAIN-10020NFMuseo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Guernica and the Evolution of Consciousness, Picasso

USA-10292Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
Winnie the Pooh,  A.A. Milne

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