listening

And so it was when anyone tried to speak: their minds would become tangled in remembrance. Words became floods of thought with no beginning or end, and would drown the speaker before he could reach the life raft of the point he was trying to make. It was impossible to remember what one meant, what, after all of the words, was intended.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

If we communicated with something like music, we would never be misunderstood, because there is nothing in music to understand.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

He who speaks without an attentive ear is mute.

Stephen King, The Dark Tower

The whole period has taught me that I enjoy being part of an ensemble rather than just a front man. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy that too, but I get more enjoyment out of really listening to everyone.

Damon Albarn

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