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Quotes: Music - Silence - Literature/ Arts
"Words move, music moves
Only in time; but that which is only living
Can only die. Words, after speech, reach
Into the silence. Only by the form, the pattern,
Can words or music reach
The stillness, as a Chinese jar still
Moves perpetually in its stillness.
Not the stillness of the violin, while the note lasts,
Not that only, but the co-existence,
Or say that the end precedes the beginning,
And the end and the beginning were always there
Before the beginning and after the end.
And all is always now. Words strain,
Crack and sometimes break, under the burden,
Under the tension, slip, slide, perish,
Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place,
Will not stay still. Shrieking voices
Scolding, mocking, or merely chattering,
Always assail them. The Word in the desert
Is most attacked by voices of temptation,
The crying shadow in the funeral dance,
The loud lament of the disconsolate chimera."
(T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets I, Burnt Norton V)

" Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;
Not to the sensual ear, but, more endeared,
Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone:"
(John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn)

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." ~Victor Hugo

"The pause is as important as the note." ~Truman Fisher

"Silence is the fabric upon which the notes are woven." ~Lawrence Duncan

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." ~Aldous Huxley, Music at Night and Other Essays

"A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence." ~Leopold Stokowski

"Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence." ~Robert Fripp

"War er ein Tier, da ihn Musik so ergriff? Ihm war, als zeige sich ihm der Weg zu der ersehnten unbekannten Nahrung. "
/ "Was he an animal, that music could move him so? He felt as if the way to the unknown nourishment he longed for were coming to light."
(Franz Kafka, Die Verwandlung)

"The city is built
To music, therefore never built at all,
And therefore built forever."
~Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Most people use music as a couch; they want to be pillowed on it, relaxed and consoled for the stress of daily living. But serious music was never meant to be soporific." ~Aaron Copland

"The scratches in Yoko Ono records are moments of relief." ~S.A. Sachs,type,ss.rd/1

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33,333rd rating: Los Saicos - Wild Teen-Punk From Peru 1965 on the 6th of May 2012
1,000 favourites on the 15th of August 2012
3,333rd movie rating - The Lady Eve on 28th of August 2013
2,000 favourites on the 2nd of June 2014 3,000 as of 1.8.2015
50,000 ratings: Pebbles Vol. 3 on the 27th of August 2014
500 friends as of 24.4.16
5,000 faves as of 4.11.16

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  • aybesea 2017-03-20 12:55:27.113339+00
    Thanks for the add!
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  • Christmas_Sweater 2017-03-29 01:13:19.612304+00
    Thank you
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  • lavidynch 2017-04-03 14:56:54.490975+00
    Thanks for following me!
    Man you have a whole universe here, i'll keep an eye on your profile.
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    a beyond legendary user
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  • Schopenkauer 2017-06-04 12:08:57.448847+00
    I see. Thanks for letting me know. Glad it will be back.
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  • jashjaxon 2017-06-10 18:04:59.944901+00
    How in the world have you had time to rate nearly 70,000 selections? Wow! That's impressive! Great job.
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  • jashjaxon 2017-06-11 13:50:17.79231+00
    Thanks for your reply. I hope you don't mind, but I'm adding you as a friend - I want to keep updated when you add a list or a review. Peace to you. Jim
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  • OilslickLeviathan 2017-07-04 02:47:53.82901+00
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