“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”

~ Aldous Huxley, Music at Night and Other Essays

↓ click for audio (“Ruth and Sylvie” by Daniel Hart)

Post inspired by Rob @ The Hammock Papers:

Music directly imitates the passions or states of the soul…when one listens to music that imitates a certain passion, he becomes imbued withthe same passion; and if over a long time he habitually listens to music that rouses ignoble passions, his whole character will be shaped to an ignoble form.

~ Aristotle (384 B.C. – 322 B.C.)

Credits: Quote – Triciclo. Find Music on iTunes here: “Ruth and Sylvie” by Daniel Hart from the movie “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013) – written and directed by David Lowery. Starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster.


  1. i agree. and nature too.


  2. The morning is starting out badly for me. This was wonderful. I held my cat Henry on my chest and we just breathed.


  3. Oh, dear. Must remember not to listen to ignoble music. I suppose Aristotle is talking about the sort of music that temple prostitutes danced to!


  4. Sandy Sue’s comment brought a few tears…the image of her beautiful soul sitting with Henry and listening to those beautiful sounds. Thanks to both of your for sharing such poignant moments.


  5. Thank you for your gift of learning through various art forms. The music spoke to me as well. A simple “yes” to life. I shall work on that daily for the rest of my life 🙂


  6. Thank you for sharing these quotes and the deeply touching music.


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