Date of publication: 2017-07-09 08:05
The most useful among the people is he who is distant from the people..
The strong grows in solitude where the weak withers away.
--Kahlil Gibran, from The Spiritual Sayings of Kahlil Gibran
Silence is not native to my world more than likely it is a stranger to your world, too. If you and I even have silence in our noisy hearts, we are going to have to grow to it.. We will do so on silence's terms for growth -- terms which are not yet your own.
-- Wayne Oates, Nurturing Silence in a Noisy Heart
Seeing that, for every hermit, sickness is an exhortation to virtue, without any ceremony whatsoever, I will follow my way, sickness or death.
The present state of the world, the whole of life, is diseased. If I were a doctor and were asked for my advice, I would reply: "Create silence! Bring men to silence. The Word of God cannot be heard in the noisy world of today. Create silence."
Outwardly go with the flow, while inwardly keeping your true nature. Then your eyes and ears will not be dazzled, and your thoughts will not be confused, while the secret within you will expand greatly to roam in the realms of absolute parity.
Solitude, silence, the admonishing presence of grand, fair, and permanent forms, and the gentle allurements of pure air, flowers, and clear streams -- these are valuable in themselves
-- Basil Willey, literary scholar
When we are quiet and alone, we fear that something will be whispered in our ears, and so we hate the quiet, and dull our senses in society.
--Friedrich Nietzsche, Schopenhauer as Educator
It seemed to him that he knew exactly what it felt like to sit in a room like this, in an armchair beside an open fire with your feet in the fender and a kettle on the hob, utterly alone, utterly secure with nobody watching you, no voice pursuing you, no sound except the singing of the kettle and the friendly ticking of the clock..
To do anything that suggested a taste for solitude, even to go for a walk by yourself, was always slightly dangerous. There was a word for it in Newspeak: ownlife , it was called, meaning individualism and eccentricity.
--George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-four
Disassociation. is a defense mechanism that allows the individual to remove himself or herself from a commotional event either by numbing feelings or splitting off the intellectual from the feeling state.
--Ester Schaler Buchholz, The Call of Solitude , p. 766
Japanese literature traces its beginnings to oral traditions that were first recorded in written form in the early eighth century after a writing system was introduced from China. The Kojiki (Record of Ancient Matters) and Nihon shoki (Chronicle of Japan) were completed in 767 and 775 , respectively, as government projects. The former is an anthology of myths, legends, and other stories , while the latter is a chronological record of history. The Fudoki (Records of Wind and Earth), compiled by provincial officials beginning in 768 , describe the history, geography, products, and folklore of the various provinces.
All the spaces of our past moments of solitude, the spaces in which we have suffered from solitude, enjoyed, desired, and compromised solitude, remain indelible within us.
--Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
There 8767 s something about a shiny new collection of essays that makes my heart beat a little faster. If you feel the same way, can we be friends? If not, might I suggest that perhaps you just haven 8767 t found the right collection yet? I don 8767 t expect everyone to love the thought of sitting down with a nice, juicy personal essay, but I also think the genre gets a bad rap because people associate it with the kind of thing they had to write in school.