Silence and language

“For language to have meaning, there must be intervals of silence somewhere, to divide word from word and utterance from utterance.

He who retires into silence does not necessarily hate language. Perhaps it is love and respect for language which imposes silence upon him.

For the mercy of God is not heard in words unless it is heard, both before and after the words are spoken, in silence.”

– Thomas Merton, “Philosophy of Silence,” Disputed Questions, p. 181

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~ by tdcatss on February 5, 2016.

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