Paulo Coelho in “Manual of the warrior of light”
The warrior of the light knows the silence which precedes an important battle.
And this silence seems to say: “things have stopped. Better forget the fight, and enjoy oneself a little.”
Inexperienced combatants put down their weapons at that moment, and complain about the boredom.
The warrior is attentive to the silence; someplace, something is happening. He knows that destructive earthquakes come without warning. He has walked through forests at night; whenever the animals make no noise at all, danger is near.
While the others talk, the warrior practices his swordsmanship and pays attention to the horizon.