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Author QuotedMax Picard
Title QuotedWorld of Silence
Date (Year/Month/Day)1953/01/28
Imprint[S.l.] : H. Regnery. 1952
QuotationFine ideas in Picard's World of Silence. (A train of the old time sings in my present silence, at St. Anne's, where the watch without a crystal ticks on the little desk.) 1. Foolish to expect a man "to develop all the possibilities that are within him." "The possibilities that are not fully realized nourish the substance of silence. Silence is strengthened by them and gives of this additional strength to the other potentialities that are fully realized." p. 67. 2. "There is room for contradictions within the substance of silenc"¦A man who still has the substance of silence within him does not always need to be watching the movements of his inmost being." p. 66. 3. True solitude "does not derive from subjectivity. Solitude stands before man as something objective, even the solitude within himself. Solitude for the saints was not a result of great exertion like the ‘inward' solitude of today." p. 65.
Quotation SourceA Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3, 1952-1960.; Edited by Lawrence S. Cunningham. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 29
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