silence

Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Perhaps in the world’s destruction it would be possible at last to see how it was made. Oceans, mountains. The ponderous counterspectacle of things ceasing to be. The sweeping waste, hydroptic and coldly secular. The silence.

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

No one has studied the psychology of a dying party. It may be raging, howling, boiling, and then a fever sets in and a little silence and then quickly quickly it is gone, the guests go home or go to sleep or wander away to some other affair and they leave a dead body.

John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

The music is not in the notes,but in the silence between.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The worst—for me, at least—is the gnawing speculation that I may have already said everything I have to say, and am now only listening to the steady quacking of my own voice because the silence when it stops is just too spooky.

Stephen King

I’ve often stood silent at a party for hours listening to my movie idols turn into dull and little people.

Marilyn Monroe

Talent won’t be quiet, doesn’t know how to be quiet.

Stephen King, The Dark Tower

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