the process is the artwork

For thought is a bird of space

“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;
And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.
And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.
For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words many indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.
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 do not understand.
And there are those who have the truth within them, but they tell it not in words.
In the bosom of such as these the spirit dwells in rhythmic silence.”

– Kahlil Gibran – The Prophet (1)

 

Source:
(1) Kahlil Gibran, ‘On Talking‘ in: The Prophet (1923). Available from URL: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jrcole/gibran/prophet/prophet.htm [Downloaded 2016-05-13].

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