by Thomas Merton
I speak, it is a demand that others remain silent so I alone
may be heard. When I am silent, I hear my true self and reach
my soul. When I am silent, I hear with a caring heart. Silence
teaches us to know reality by respecting it where words have
defiled it. If our life is poured out in useless words, we will
never hear anything because we have said everything before we
had anything to say. . . . .