“Modern people lack silence.They no longer lead their own lives; they are dragged along by events. It is a race against the clock. … [we must learn to become] quiet, peaceful [people] who know how to listen and who aren’t thinking all the time about what has to be done next. If your life is chock-full already, there won’t be room enough for anything else. Even God can’t get anything else in. So it becomes essential to cut something out.”
Paul Tournier as quoted in Spiritual Classics edited by Richard Foster and Emile Griffin (Harper, 2000), pp.160-161.