A Man of Few Words
Quiet Man is one of many wonderful songs on John Prine’s self-titled debut album. Here’s a snippet:
Oodles of light what a beautiful sight
Both of God’s eyes are shining tonight
Rays and beams of incredible dreams
And I am a quiet man.
Dylan, the master lyricist, speaks of Prine’s work as “pure Proustian existentialism”. Never having read Proust but always meaning to, I will take Bob’s word for it.
Speaking of quiet men, I’ve always quite liked Proverbs 17:27:
He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.