Lessons in Silence

May 5, 2017


I love making notes, mental or written, of beautiful thoughts and ideas I come across while reading. Writing them down after finishing a book. These are somewhat overdue from Karen Blixen's Out of Africa.

No domestic animal can be as still as a wild animal. The civilised people have lost the aptitude of stillness, and must take lessons in silence from the wild before they are accepted by it.

When you have caught the rhythm of Africa, you find it is the same in all her music.

People who dream when they sleep at night, know of a special kind of happiness which the world of the day holds not - - It is true that if remembered in the daytime they will fade and lose their sense, because they belong to another plane, but as soon as the one  who dreams lies down at night, the current is again closed and he remembers their excellency.

The thing which in the waking world comes nearest to a dream is night in a big town, where nobody knows one, or the African night. There too is infinite freedom: it is there that things are going on, destinies are made round you, there is activity to all sides, and it is none of your concern.

'Come now', I said to him, 'and let us go and risk our lives unnecessarily. For if they have got any value at all it is this that they have got none. Frei lebt wer sterben kann.'

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