The Joy of Quiet

“Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for our miseries,” the French philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote in the 17th century, “and yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries.” He also famously remarked that all of man’s problems come from his inability to sit quietly in a room alone.

Pico Iyer on The Joy of Quiet.

8 replies on “The Joy of Quiet”

Great quote.

Especially the last remark.

Most people associate Loud and Big to success, but that actually is the opposite.

Great ones are the one who have control of their own minds not others.

Try focusing on your own breathing for one lousy minute and see if you can stay on it to the full spectrum.

Just one minute.

Ah, solitude. I agree with Pascal. One of my favorite quotes from Thoreau is, “I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude”. BTW, many good quotes on the subject of solitude at

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