I came across this on a lovely blog site the other day, http://apoetreflects.tumblr.com/ Who the author of the blog is, I don’t know, nor how I got there, but such is the wonder of cyberspace. And against my usual academic diligence, I’m going to share it even though it doesn’t cite the original source text, page numbers, etc. Completely unreliable, but one’s allowed an occasional casual reference now and again, surely? (Just don’t tell my students). It’s too good not to.
“The problem is no longer getting people to express themselves, but providing little gaps of solitude and silence in which they might eventually find something to say. Repressive forces don’t stop people from expressing themselves, but rather, force them to express themselves. What a relief to have nothing to say, the right to say nothing, because only then is there a chance of framing the rare, or ever rarer, the thing that might be worth saying.” Gilles Deleuze