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Silence by John Cage

Use any means to keep from being a genius, all means to become one.

Silence by John Cage

To change the subject: "Art is the imitation of nature in her manner of operation." Or a net.

And what is the purpose of writing music? One is, of course, not dealing with purposes but with sounds. Or the answer must take the form of a paradox: a purposeful purposelessness or a purposeless play. This play, however, is an affirmation of life—not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we're living, which is so excellent once one gets one's mind and one's desires out of its way and lets it act of its own accord.

About the Author

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Quotations by Cage are now available on the web.


Cage composed numerous works based on the element of chance as found in the I Ching, and as discussed by C.G. Jung as synchronicity.