Danny James

Tag: silence

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Silence is a lesson learned from the many sufferings of life.

—Seneca, Thyestes, 309

461: Quiet days in Bondi

What of the year’s Summer? The evenings bear an Wintery air. A chill has endured for now a week and quickened us to a fresh esteem for its qualities. Delicious-to-the-eye band of Cumulus appear to sit than rather pass in quietude. Fuller, yet more dazzling and eloquent on their own, in the Suns departure.

298: The good life

Ah strain, it piles over. To triumph or perish. Live forever, in high spirits and digging always your way up, or lay down in the sand and be dust.

Do you not know, we’re in paradise?

It seems the blinking stars would only swallow the cries you never make, and so you forget while everything is sailing along calmly diligently. Until the day arrives that you discover at last you are standing at a chasm of your own making, and it asks with a bellow that dashes about the valleys and is gone, ‘who are you?’

It sounds remarkably like your voice but you’d swear you’d never made a sound.

279: By the moon

Be a man of direct and conscious aim, and go quietly about your work. If you must speak, be clear and concise offering up no superfluities. Keep a flame on the cause.

249: Be upright and steadfast

Be upright and steadfast. Go silently with purpose refined and follow your logical premonitions. Round the advantage. Distill your actions to the finest necessary. Say what isn’t improved unsaid, and in your goings, leave a thing as you find it or better for the encounter. Meet your enemies without conceit and overcome them with gentility. Give to the all, and against the rush of everlasting night, thrash hard.

246

Observing, will you note that what IS, is often passed over in silence.

We talk mostly of what is not.

244: Golden

Of those from whom I should learn the most: Pay heed to them who say barely anything at all.

227

Have restraint. You do not need to speak of all things, but let all things betray their own exactness.

82

There are people so intolerably ignorant with whom you will collide, and to whom no reply is best. Though they may diminish your vantage, indict your quality and your civility shake to the last of its grace, with all opposed, refuse the charge would prove them correct.