Russell

Quietness

“Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.”

I saw this quote – more of a soundbite, I suppose, as it has been extracted from its fuller context – attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. Does it suggest anything about da Vinci: was he quietly spoken, or perhaps he was too often shouted down?

It rang a bell: I don’t like to hear shouty men. They seem over sure of themselves. Cocksure. Like a strutting cockerel. Cock-a-doodle-do!

I made a mental list of shouty men in the public domain and media. You might like to add to it or start one of your own. There’s no end of choice.

I found this other soundbite from Bertrand Russell,

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.”

It may have been in a movie or TV show but I seem to remember a Buddhist master instructing his novice and telling him, “A wise man walks with head bowed.”