A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free. – Arthur Schopenhauer
Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. – Khaled Hosseini, Amir in The Kite Runner
Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness. – George MacDonald
These quotes are thanks to Steve McCurry’s beautiful collection of images and quotes on solitude and silence.
“I used to call myself a war photographer…Now I consider myself an antiwar photographer.” -James Nachtwey
Nachtwey has covered conflict in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, South Africa, the West Bank and Gaza, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq.
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“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” -Iris Murdoch
This is a beautiful photo essay by Steve McCurry, a worldwide photographer. It is called “Afghanistan: A Look Back.” Subscribe to his blog to get these kinds of posts by email.
Steve McCurry has a wonderful blog featuring his photography from around the world. Here are a few quotes of his:
There is nothing more gratifying than helping people whom I have photographed because most often, it is impossible to locate them again.
I have always been interested in the ways that people around the world share things in common. All of those things remind us of what the human condition is really about.