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09 February 2021

The art of silence

As Abbot Dinouart, a worldly ecclesiastic who lived in the eighteenth century, maintained,

'the first degree of wisdom
is to know how to keep quiet;
the second is to know how to speak little
and to moderate oneself in speech'.

The art of silence, title of the magnificent booklet written by the abbot, is therefore, paradoxically, the art of speech, another chapter of rhetoric. Speaking little, slowly, gently is a way to listen, wander, associate freely without the need to raise your voice, to go over the top, to bark. It is no coincidence that John Cage wanted to play the silence. At home we try to play the silence as much as we can, except in the evening when we want to have some fun.