Quotes from the Masters: Fellini
I love to talk. I really do. I love to engage others in conversation and witty repartee. I relish the active, educated, verbalized exchange of ideas and opinions. I enjoy telling stories and making other people laugh. But sometimes, I need to keep my mouth shut. I need to curtail my own enthusiastic urge to jump in with my two cents’ worth, and I need to be quiet long enough to listen…really listen…to what someone else is saying. I need to allow a tiny detail or a glorious vista to render me speechless.
Those are some thoughts that occurred to me when I came across this quote.
“If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet…maybe we could understand something.” Federico Fellini
This rooftop scene is from Lucca, Italy, and it impressed me at the time that the streets were sinking into silence as the sun was sinking below the hills. I thought that the entire town had taken on its own quiet character, even though there was surely noise within the individual households. But in that silence, as I watched the sun set across the tiled rooftops, I felt connected with that place and its people and–in a small way–with my own Italian heritage.
I am offering this quote as a challenge, and this will be a unique one.
Do you have a story or a lesson that was learned in silence? Do you have a photo or poem that inspired quiet reflection? You are welcome to create a post using this quote as your inspiration, and please share the link to your post here. I thank you for reading this post, and I thank those of you who choose to join the challenge.
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