Selected Quotes about Silence

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

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

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

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

Silence is the virtue of fools. -- Francis Bacon

Silence is the virtue of fools. -- Sir Francis Bacon

You never saw a fish on the wall with its mouth shut. -- Sally Berger

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

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation, as allowed by Cicero himself, who says, 'there is not only an art, but an eloquence in it.' A well bred woman may easily and effectually promote the most useful and elegant conversation without speaking a word. The modes of speech are scarcely more variable than the modes of silence. -- Tom Blair

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Odd how much it hurts when a friend moves away - and leaves behind only silence. -- Pam Brown

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

Silence is the true friend that never betrays. -- Confucius

Speech is often barren; but silence also does not necessarily brood over a full nest. Your still fowl, blinking at you without remark, may all the while be sitting on one addled egg... -- George Eliot (­Marion Evans Cross)

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say. -- Will Durant

I accept chaos. I am not sure whether it accepts me. I know some people are terrified of the bomb. But then some people are terrified to be seen carrying a modern screen magazine. Experience teaches us that silence terrifies people the most. -- Bob Dylan

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

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

The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world is the highest applause. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much. -- Robert Greeleaf

Silence is argument carried on by other means. -- Ernesto "Che" Guevara

A man's silence is wonderful to listen to. -- Thomas Hardy

And silence sounds no worse than cheers After death has stopped the ears. -- A.E. Housman

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

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

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

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

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

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

We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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

There are grammatical errors even in his silence. -- Stanislaw J. Lec

There are grammatical errors even in his silence. -- Stanislaw Lec

It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it. -- Sam Levenson

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

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

With silence favor me. -- Favete Linguis

It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers. The more solitary I am the more affection I have for them. Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say. -- Thomas Merton

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

Oppression can only survive through silence. -- Carmen de Monteflores

Of those who say nothing, few are silent. -- Thomas Neill

First they came for the Jews. I was silent. I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists. I was silent. I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists. I was silent. I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me. There was no one left to speak for me. -- Martin Niemller

In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up. -- Martin Niemoller

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

True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. -- William Penn

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

No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut. -- Sam Rayburn

The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words. -- Rachel Naomi Remen

Lying is done with words and also with silence. -- Adrienne Rich

Silence is more musical than any song. -- Christina Rossetti

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

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

Silence is the perfectest herald of joy: I were but little happy, if I could say how much. -- William Shakespeare

The rest is silence. -- William Shakespeare

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

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

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

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

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

Their silence is sufficient praise. -- Terence

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

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

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. -- Mark Twain

There is a wide difference between speaking to deceive, and being silent to be impenetrable. -- Voltaire

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. -- Alice Walker

Words are a heavy thing ... they weigh you down. If birds talked, they couldn't fly. -- Sy Rosen and Christian Williams

Next Subject : Simplicity | Previous Subject : Sight | Quotes Index : Quotatio Topics

中文(简体)/Chinese Simplified   中文(简体)/Chinese Traditional   日本語/Japanese   Español/Spanish   Deutsch/German   Français/French   한국어/Korean   Português/Portuguese   Italiano/Italian   ???????/Russian   Nederlands/Dutch   ????????/Greek

Quotatio Topics Index

Ability | Abstinence | Abundance | Acceptance | Accounting | Achievement | Acting | Action | Action(s) | Actions | Actors, Acting | Addiction | Advantage | Adventure | Adversity | Advertising | Advice | Age | Agnosticism | Agreement | Agriculture | Alcohol/Alcoholism | Ambition | America | American | Americans | Angels | Anger | Animals | Answer | Anthropology | Apathy | Appreciation | Architecture | Argument | Argument & Debate | Art | Artificial Life & Intelligence | Artist, The | Artists | Asia | Assets | Assumptions | Astronomy | Atheism | Attention | Attitude | Authority | Authors & Writing | Autumn | Average | Awareness | Bad | Balance | Bank | Banks | Barriers | Beatles, The | Beauty | Beginning | Belief | Best | Bible | Bible, The | Bills | Birds | Birth | Black | Blame | Bliss | Body | Body, The | Book | Books | Borders | Boredom | Brain | Brand | Bravery | Bread | Brevity | Bureaucracy | Bushisms | Business | Busyness | Buying | California | Camping | Cancer | Capital Punishment | Capitalism | Capitalist | Carbon | Career | Casino | Cats | Caution | Celebrities | Celebrity | Censorship | Ceremony | Challenge | Challenging | Chance | Change | Chaos | Character | Charisma | Charity | Charm | Children | Chocolate | Choice | Christianity | Church | Cities | City Life, Cities | Civilization | Cliches | Clients | Climate Change | Climbing | Coffee (or Tea) | Color | Comedy | Commitment | Committee | Committees | Common Sense | Communication | Communism | Community | Company | Compassion | Competence | Competition | Compromise | Computer | Computers | Conceit | Concept | Confidence | Conflict | Conformity & Nonconformity | Confused | Confusion | Congress | Connections | Conscience | Conservation | Conservatism | Conservative | Conservatives | Consulting | Consumerism | Contribution | Control | Controversy | Conversation | Conviction | Corporations | Corruption | Courage | Cowardice/Weakness | Crazy | Creation | Creative | Creativity | Creed | Crime | Criminal | Crisis | Critic | Criticism | Crowds | Culture | Curiosity | Customers | Cynicism | Dance | Dance, Dancing | Danger | Deal | Death | Debt | Deception/Lying | Decisions | Deeds | Defeat | Democracy | Depression | Design | Desire | Desires | Despair | Destiny | Destruction | Determination | Determined | Dictatorship | Differences | Different | Difficult | Difficulties | Difficulty | Dignity | Diplomacy | Disability, Handicaps | Disappointment | Discipline | Discovery | Discrimination | Disease | Dishonesty | Disobedience | Dissent | Diversity | Diving | Divorce | Doctors | Dogs | Dollar | Doubt | Doubts | Dream | Dreams | Drinking | Drugs | Duty | Earth | Ecology | Economic | Economics | Education | Efficiency | Effort | Ego | Election | Email Signatures | Emotional | Emotions | Employee | Encouragement | Ending | Endings | Enemies | Energy | Engineering | England | English | Enjoyment | Enlightenment, The | Entertainment | Enthusiasm | Entrepreneur | Environment | Envy | Envy / Jealousy | Equality | Ethics | Etiquette | Evangelism | Evil | Evolution | Example | Excellence | Excellent | Exercise | Expectation | Expectations | Experience | Experts | Extremism | Facts | Failure | Fairy Tales | Faith | Fame | Family | Famous | Fanaticism | Farming | Fascism | Fashion | Fate & Destiny | Father | Fathers | Fear | Feeling | Feelings | Feminism | Fighting | Film / Filmmaking / Movies | Finance | Fired | Fish, Fishing | Flattery | Flight, Flying | Flowers | Focus | Food | Forgiveness | Freedom | Freedom of Speech | Friends | Friendship | Frustration | Fulfillment | Fun | Future | Future, The | Gambling (Gaming) | Garden | Gardens | Generosity | Genius | Gifts | Giving | Global Warming | Globalism | Globalization | Glory | Goals | God | Gold | Golf | Good | Goodness | Gossip | Government | Grace | Gratitude | Great | Greatness & Great Things | Greed | Grief | Grief, Grieving | Growth | Gun Control | Habit | Habits | Happiness | Happy | Hate | Hatred | Hazing | Health | Heart | Heaven | Hell | Help | Hero | Heroes | Heroes/Heroism | History | Holidays | Hollywood | Holocaust | Home | Homosexuality | Honest | Honesty | Honor | Hope | Horses, Horse Racing | Hospitality | Hospitals | Housework | Human Rights | Humanism | Humanity | Humility | Humor | Hunting | Hypocrisy | Idealism | Ideals | Ideas | Identity | Ideology | Ignorance | Ignorance & Stupidity | Illusions | Imagination | Immigration | Immortality | Impermanence | Important | Improvement | Inclusion | Independence | Indifference | Individuality | Infinity | Inflation | Influence | Information | Injustice | Innocence | Innovative | Insanity | Inspiration | Inspirational | Instinct | Insults | Integrity | Intelligence | Intelligent | Intention | Interesting | International Relations | Internet | Invention | Investment | Iraq | Irony | Islam | Jealousy | Jesus | Job | Journalism | Journeys | Joy | Judging, Judgment | Judgment | Justice | Killing | Kindness | Knowledge | Labor | Labour | Language | Laughter | Law | Laws | Lawyers | Laziness | Leadership | Learning | Legacy | Letters (Writing) | Liberal | Liberalism | Liberals | Liberty | Libraries | Lies | Life | Light | Limitations | Limiting | Listening | Literary | Literature | Loan | Logic | Loneliness | Loss | Love | Loyalty | Luck | Lying | Machiavellianism | Madness | Majorities | Management | Mankind | Mankind, Man | Manners | Market | Marketing | Marriage | Marxism | Masses | Material Possessions | Mathematics | Maturity | Meaning | Media | Medicine | Mediocrity | Meditation | Memory | Men | Men & Women | Men And Women | Mental Illness | Mercy | Military | Military, The | Millionaire | Mind | Mind, The | Minorities | Mirrors | Mistakes | Moderation | Money | Morality | Morals | Mother | Mothers | Motivational | Murder | Music | Mystery | Myth | Nation | NATO | Nature | Necessity | Negative | Negotiation | Neutrality | News | Niceness | Nobility | Nothing | Now | Nudity | Observation | Oceans | Oil | Opera | Opinion | Opinions | Opportunity | Oppression | Optimism | Optimistic | Option | Order | Organic Food | Organization | Organize | Pacifism | Painting | Parenting | Parents | Partnership | Party | Passion | Past, The | Patience | Patriotism | Peace | Penmanship | People | Perception | Perfection | Perseverance | Persistence | Personality | Perspective | Pessimism | Pessimistic | Pets | Philanthropy | Philosophy | Photography | Physics | Plagiarism | Planning | Plans | Plants | Play/Games | Pleasure | Poetry | Politicians | Politics | Popularity | Pornography | Positive | Possessions | Potential | Poverty | Power | Practice | Praise | Prayer | Predict | Prejudice | Presidency | President | Pride | Prison | Privacy | Private | Problem | Problems | Procrastination | Products | Professionalism | Profit | Progress | Promise | Promises | Promotion | Propaganda | Property | PropertyQuotes | Prophecy | Protection | Protest | Proverbial Wisdom | Proverbs | Prudence | Psychiatry | Psychology | Public Schools | Punctuality | Purpose | Quality | Questioning | Questions | Quitting | Quotations | Racism | Racist | Radicals | Readiness | Reading | Real Estate | Reality | Reason | Rebellion | Reflection | Reform | Regret | Regret & Remorse | Relationships | Relaxation | Religion | Religious Freedom | Remembrance | Reputation | Research | Resilience | Respect | Responsibility | Restraint | Results | Retirement | Revenge | Reverence | Revolution | Rich | Rights | Risk | Rivers | Role models | Roles | Romance | Rules | Running | Sacred | Sacrifice | Sad | Sadness | Sailing | Salary | Salvation | Sanity | Satire | Satisfaction | Savings | Science | Science Fiction | Sculpture | Seasons | Secrets | Security | Segregation | Self | Self Respect | Self-help | Selfish | Selfishness | Self-Respect | Selling | Serenity | Serious | Service | Sex | Shame | Sharing | Shopping | Shyness | Sight | Silence | Simplicity | Sin | Sincerity | Singing | Sisters | Skill | Slavery | Sleep | Smart | Smell (Scent) | Smoking | Snow | Socialism | Society | Solidarity | Solitude | Solutions | Sorrow | Soul | Space | Speeches (Oratory) | Spelling | Spiritual | Spirituality | Sports | Spring | Stars | Starting | Statistics | Stock Market | Stocks | Storytelling | Strategy | Strength | Stress | Strong | Struggle | Stubbornness | Stupid | Stupidity | Style | Success | Success & Failure | Suffering | Suicide | Summer | Superstition | Support | Surprise | Surrender | Tact | Talent | Talks | Tax | Taxation | Taxes | Teaching | Teamwork | Technology | Television | Temptation | Tenacity | Terrorism | Texas | Thanksgiving | The Future | The Past | Theater | Thinking | Thought | Thoughts | Thunderstorms | Time | Time Management | Toasts | Tolerance | Torture | Toys | Tradition | Travel | Trees | Trust | Truth | Tyranny | Uncertainty | Understanding | Unity | Universe, The | Unrequited Love | Vacations | Value | Vanity | Variety | Vices | Victory | Vietnam | Violence | Violins | Virtue | Vision | Visualization | Walking | Wall Street | War | Washington | Watergate | Weakness | Wealth | Weather | Weird | Welfare | Wilderness | Winning | Winter | Wisdom | Woman | Women | Wonder | Words | Work | World | Worries | Worry | Worship | Worth | Writers | Writing | Wrong | Youth |

Search by Author Last Name :

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z