Wednesday, December 06, 2006


The things you do not have to say make you rich.

Saying the things you do not have to say weakens your talk.

Hearing the things you do not need to hear dulls your hearing.

And things you know before you hear them, these are you, and this is the reason you are in the world.

— From William Stafford's Crossing Unmarked Snow, quoted by John
O'Donohue in Beauty, the Invisible Embrace

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Blogger la vie en rose said...

oooh, that last line was fabulous! wow!

12/06/2006 11:25 AM  
Blogger polona said...

great quote, and wow to the shot!

12/06/2006 12:10 PM  
Blogger mermaid said...

MB, these are powerful insights. I'm reading a book called 123 Magic regarding effective discipline for children ages 2-12, and part of the problem in discipline is too much talking, too much emotion. Go figure!

12/06/2006 12:46 PM  
Blogger charlie said...

Who could deny the truth and beauty of these sentiments, mb? that's wild and beautiful country.

12/06/2006 1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post! And how apropos - saying the things you do not have to say weakens your talk - yes, indeed. Not only your talk but your point, your credibility and even your reputation. I have written it in large letters and taped it to my fridge. It's something to remember every time I open my mouth.

12/06/2006 1:26 PM  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

Very true words. It's in silence that the deepest thoughts are expressed. Great picture!! Where's it taken?

12/06/2006 2:02 PM  
Anonymous marja-leena said...

Wonderful quote, especially the last line. And I love the photo, the beautiful blues and golds and the delicate pale moon.

12/06/2006 2:09 PM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Beautiful quotes, mb. Yes, that last line is so great, the desire so strong to know our original selves.

12/06/2006 3:30 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Reading these lines mean a lot to me right now, good thing for me to hear! Exceptionally lovely pic.

12/06/2006 3:34 PM  
Blogger Endment said...

You always set a table filled with food for my soul - Thank you

12/06/2006 5:29 PM  
Blogger firebird said...

Gorgeous colors in the photo, as usual--and a stunning composition!
So peaceful and yet full of life, powerful and subtle...

12/06/2006 6:53 PM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

oh my! i ditto everything firebird said! wow! this moment, i am so glad to be alive and seeing what you share here! thank you!

12/06/2006 8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love it!


12/07/2006 12:44 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Michelle, it's a good one!

Polona, thank you!

Mermaid, sometimes the simplest ways are the most effective.

Charlie, it's the country I live in. Well, very near, anyway. Look at it every day.

Pauline, I've been mulling these points over, too.

Pat, the picture was taken in the hills up behind my house a ways.

Marja-Leena, thank you, it was a beautiful view to behold at the time, though very cold.

Robin Andrea, I'm glad you enjoyed them. Every time I read them I think on them a little differently.

Amy, glad you got something out of them. Thanks!

Endment, thanks for joining me at the feast of the world!

Firebird, thank you very much! It's a stark landscape.

Snowsparkle, thanks! I'm happy you appreciate the beauty!

HFM, welcome and thanks for commenting!

12/07/2006 11:17 AM  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

Kick-a**, as usual -- that eloquently silent sky (is that a contrail way up high?) quietening me, then great quotes whispering to me. Reminds me I need to go back and re-read him, it's been way too long.

12/07/2006 8:09 PM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

the invisible embrace!

12/11/2006 10:28 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Lori, it is a contrail. I had the same thought about re-reading.

Corey, I think you might like that!

12/13/2006 6:36 AM  

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