“Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”
(Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muss man schweigen)
from Wittgenstein’s Tractatus-logico-philosophicus Proposition 7 echoes
What is too sublime for you, do not seek; do not reach into things that are hidden from you. What is committed to you, pay heed to; what is hidden is not your concern.
Old Testament Jesus ben Sirach (ישוע בן סירא, Yešwaʿ ven Siraʾ):
Of the distinction between speaking and silence was he trying to whistle it?
Telling me what cannot be said but what is the tone in which you speak? The tone of silence sings.
I offer not speaking and silence but music and noise.
The rest is silence
Starting with Hamlet’s last line as method – for we are Never at Rest –
the utterances of Shakespeare’s characters are ‘showings’ of what remains visible.
Heard before we were born and heard after we are dead.
What do they show?
What refrains remain?