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Silence quotes and quotations

Silence is a text easy to misread.
A. A. Attanasio

Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.
Thomas Carlyle

Great souls endure in silence.
Friedrich Schiller

What she doesn't say is just as important as what she does say -- but there's so much more of it. I think from now on I'm going to stick to what she actually does say because I don't have that kind of time.
Jonathan Katz

Oppression can only survive through silence.
Carmen de Monteflores

I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.
Cato the Elder

Silence is more musical than any song.
Christina Rossetti

A fair request should be followed by the deed in silence.
Dante Alighieri

My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.
Edith Sitwell

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
George Bernard Shaw

With silence favor me.
Horace

A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill, requires only our silence, which costs nothing.
John Tillotson

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
Josh Billings

The most profound statements are often said in silence.
Lynn Johnston

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.
Mahatma Gandhi

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.
Martin Fraquhar Tupper

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Martin Luther King Jr.

In silence man can most readily preserve his integrity.
Meister Eckhart

Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.
Muhammad Ali

Not merely an absence of noise, Real Silence begins when a reasonable being withdraws from the noise in order to find peace and order in his inner sanctuary.
Peter Minard

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.
Publilius Syrus

It is better wither to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.
Pythagoras

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
Robert Louis Stevenson

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Nothing is so good for an ignorant man as silence; and if he was sensible of this he would not be ignorant.
Saadi

Silence propagates itself, and the longer talk has been suspended, the more difficult it is to find anything to say.
Samuel Johnson

It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.
Seneca

The silente man still suffers wrong.
Author Unknown

But silence never shows itself to so great an advantage, as when it is made the reply to calumny and defamation, provided that we give no just occasion for them.
Joseph Addison

There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The deepest rivers make least din, The silent soule doth most abound in care.
William Alexander

Deep vengeance is the daughter of deep silence.
Vittorio Alfieri

Silence gives consent.
Pope Boniface VIII

Three things are ever silent--Thought, Destiny, and the Grave.
Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer

All Heaven and Earth are still, though not in sleep, But breathless, as we grow when feeling most.
Lord Byron

There was silence deep as death; And the boldest held his breath, For a time.
Thomas Campbell

Silence is the genius of fools and one of the virtues of the wise.
Pope Boniface VIII

Under all speech that is good for anything three lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.
Thomas Carlyle

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
George Eliot

If you keep your mouth shut you will never put your foot in it.
Austin O'malley

Silence is more eloquent than words.
Thomas Carlyle

The mind contracts herself and shrinketh in, And to herself she gladly doth retire.
Sir J Davies

In silence man can most readily preserve his integrity.
Meister Eckhart

Silence gives consent.
Oliver Goldsmith

If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it.
Calvin Coolidge

'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
Abraham Lincoln

He sees only night, and hears only silence.
Jacques Delill

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life, which they are thenceforth to rule.
Thomas Carlyle

There are haunters of the silence, ghosts that hold the heart and brain.
Madison Julius Cawein

Speech is great; but silence is greater.
Thomas Carlyle

When they hold their tongues they cry out.
Cicero

Silence is a friend who will never betray.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Striving to tell his woes, words would not come; For light cares speak, when mighty griefs are dumb.
Samuel Daniel

It is as important to cultivate your silence power as your word power.
William James

It ain't a bad plan to keep still occasionally even when you know what you're talking about.
Kin Hubbard

Sometimes silence is not golden--just yellow.
Anon.

Silence is the mother of Truth.
Benjamin Disraeli

The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first; Be not discouraged-- keep on-- there are divine things, well envelop'd; I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell.
Walt Whitman

And they three passed over the white sands, between the rocks, silent as the shadows.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees.
Benjamin Franklin

A horrid stillness first invades the ear, And in that silence we the tempest fear.
John Dryden

Stillborn silence! thou that art Flood-gate of the deeper heart!
Richard Flecknoe

Take heede of still waters, the quick passe away.
George Herbert

Of every noble work the silent part is best; of all expression, that which cannot be expressed.
W.W. Story

Because in the school of the Spirit man learns wisdom through humility, knowledge by forgetting, how to speak by silence, how to live by dying.
Johannes Tauler

If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z, X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.
John Dryden

If a word is worth a coin, silence is worth two.
Hebrew Proverb

The ideal man is his own best friend and takes delight in privacy.
Aristotle

He had occasional flashes of silence that made his conversation perfectly delightful.
Sydney Smith

Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.
Charles De Gaulle

I am better able to retract what I did not say than what I did.
Ibn Gabirol

Silence is argument carried out by other means.
Richard Flecknoe

A quiet mind cureth all.
Robert Burton

I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue: he approaches nearest to the Gods, who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.
Cato

Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
James Madison

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
Robert L. Stevenson

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Abraham Lincoln

He who does not know how to be silent will not know how to speak.
Ausonius

The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread.
Blaise Pascal