Listen

Take a look round, then, and see that none of the uninitiated are listening. Now by the uninitiated I mean: the people who believe in nothing but what they can grasp in their hands, and who will not allow that action or generation or anything invisible can have real existence.

— Plato

I know perfectly well that at this moment the whole universe is listening to us, and that every word we say echoes to the remotest star.

— Jean Giraudoux, The Madwoman of Chaillot

All artists dream of a silence which they must enter, as some creatures return to the sea to spawn.

— Iris Murdoch, 1919-1999

Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of the gods.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882

Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.

— Andre Gide, Le traite du Narcisse, 1891

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