A noise some people hear and others don’t

isn’t speaking to the ears. It’s speaking to the heart, and you have a hole in your heart. All young people do. It’s there to catch the wonderful things of the world, and later on it gets filled up by broken things. Forget about your ears. Listen with your heart. Aim the hole at the sound and follow in the direction where it hurts the most.

– Master Li Kao, to Number Ten Ox,
The Story of the Stone, Chapter 5,
Barry Hughart