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QUOTES AND APHORISMS ON NOISES
All this talk and turmoil and noise and movement and desire is outside of the veil; within the veil is silence and calm and rest.
Bayazid Al-Bistami (Muslim scholar; made a detailed study of the statutes of Islamic law (shari`a) and practiced a strict regimen of self-denial (zuhd).)
For twenty-five centuries, Western knowledge has tried to look upon the world. It has failed to understand that the world is not for the beholding. It is for hearing. It is not legible, but audible. Our science has always desired to monitor, measure, abstract, and castrate meaning, forgetting that life is full of noise and that death alone is silent: work noise, noise of man, and noise of beast. Noise bought, sold, or prohibited. Nothing essential happens in the absence of noise.
Jacques Attali (1943-, Algerian-born French economist, writer)
The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody.
Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)
He who sleeps in continual noise is wakened by silence.
William Dean Howells (1837-1920, American novelist, critic)
In antiquity there was only silence. In the nineteenth century, with the invention of the machine, Noise was born. Today, Noise triumphs and reigns supreme over the sensibility of men.
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