Trying Not to Increase the Clamour

 

“More than half a century of existence has taught me that most of the wrong and folly which darken earth is due to those who cannot possess their souls in quiet; that most of the good which saves mankind from destruction comes of life that is led in thoughtful stillness.  Every day the world grows noisier; I, for one, will have no part in that increasing clamour, and, were it only by my silence, I confer a boon on all.”

Quoted from George Gissing’s The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft, (1903), by Stephen Pentz at First Known When Lost.

 

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