The Rhythm of Silence is the Spring of Words

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the-way-of-silence.jpg!Blog Frantisek Kupka, “The Way of Silence”

I.“…thou sweet spring for the thirsty in the desert; it is closed for those who speak there, it is open for those who keep silence there. When the silent man cometh, he findeth the spring.”

A Hymn to Thoth from the Sallier Papyrus, via Erman Adolf, Handbook of Egyptian Religion, p. 84

II.“When writing poetry one is always assisted and even carried away by the rhythm of all things outside, for the lyric cadence is that of nature: of the waters, the wind, the night. But in order to shape prose rhythmically, one has to immerse oneself deeply within oneself and detect the blood’s anonymous, multi-varied rhythm. Prose is to be built like a cathedral: there one is truly without name, without ambition, without help: up in the scaffolding, alone with one’s conscience.”

Rainer Maria Rilke, “Letters on Life,” New Prose Translations by Ulrich…

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