For The Love Of Wisdom – Ludwig van Beethoven – Defective Hearing And Solitude

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (December 16, 1770 – March 26, 1827) Born with a passionate and excitable temperament, keenly susceptible to the pleasures of society, I was yet obliged early in life to isolate myself, and to pass my existence in solitude. If I at any time resolved to surmount all this, oh! how cruelly was …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Kahlil Gibran – Solitude And Silence

Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone. The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape. And there are those who talk, and without knowledge or forethought reveal a truth which they themselves …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Octavio Paz – Solitude

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Octavio Paz (March 31, 1914–April 19, 1998) All of us, at some moment, have had a vision of our existence as something unique, untransferable and very precious. This revelation almost always takes place during adolescence. Self-discovery is above all the realization that we are alone: it is the opening of an impalpable, transparent wall — …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Sara Maitland – Savoring Solitude

Sara Maitland

Sara Maitland (February 27, 1950 -) Solitude seems to be more or less a necessity for creativity, for instance, whether it is drawing, painting, writing, learning an instrument, cooking or any other kind of creative activity. It is also very useful for anyone wanting to deepen their spirituality – this is why both Christians and …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Rainer Maria Rilke – Relationships And Solitude

Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke (December 04, 1875 – December 29, 1926) I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other. For, if it lies in the nature of indifference and of the crowd to recognize no solitude, then love and …

For The Love of Wisdom  – Maria Popova – Solitude And Loneliness

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Maria Popova (July 28, 1984 -) There is, of course, a universe of difference between solitude and loneliness — two radically different interior orientations toward the same exterior circumstance of lacking companionship. We speak of “fertile solitude” as a developmental achievement essential for our creative capacity, but loneliness is barren and destructive; it cottons in …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Loneliness And The Solitude Of Aging

Tao Writer

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) Loneliness And The Solitude Of Aging Solitude is a choice, but loneliness creeps into your life like a dark storm cloud releasing its thunder and lightening into the essence of one's being. It feels like bombs exploding overhead while depression and self pity sprinkle down in an endless shower …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī – Solitude

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Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (September 30, 1207 – December 17, 1273) What I want most is to spring out of this personality, then to sit apart from that leaping. I've lived too long where I can be reached...Look for someone else to mend the shop. I'm out of the image-making business. Only love. Only the …