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Wise Quotes about Silence

May you find great value in these Silence quotes and sayings.

Silence is a source of great strength.
- Lao Tzu

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The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

As your silence grows; your friendliness, your love grows;
your life becomes a moment-to-moment dance, a joy, a celebration.
- Osho

 

In silence you hear who you are becoming.
You create yourself.
- Jewel

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people
but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
- Abraham Lincoln

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Your pain is the breaking of the shell
that encloses your understanding.
Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the
physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink
his remedy in silence and tranquility.
- Khalil Gibran

Truth is not only violated by falsehood;
it may be equally outraged by silence.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

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

We are masters of the unsaid words,
but slaves of those we let slip out.
- Winston Churchill

Today, I Will Spend Time In Silence.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never be bullied into silence.
Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
Accept no one's definition of your life;
define yourself.
- Harvey Fierstein

Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.
- Charles de Gaulle

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

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

You can never get silence anywhere nowadays,
have you noticed?
- Bryan Ferry

Keep silence for the most part,
and speak only when you must,
and then briefly.
- Epictetus

Music is the silence between the notes.
- Claude Debussy

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing
the inexpressible is music.
- Aldous Huxley

Silence is safer than speech.
- Epictetus

Well-timed silence is the most commanding expression.
- Mark Helprin

Silence gives consent.
- Plato

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Poetry is an orphan of silence.
The words never quite equal the experience behind them.
- Charles Simic

Silence is not always a Sign of Wisdom,
but Babbling is ever a folly.
- Benjamin Franklin

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence,
and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
- Helen Keller

In human intercourse the tragedy begins,
not when there is misunderstanding about words,
but when silence is not understood.
- Henry David Thoreau

Music and silence combine strongly
because music is done with silence,
and silence is full of music.
- Marcel Marceau

"No comment" is a splendid expression.
I am using it again and again.
- Winston Churchill

We need to find God, and he cannot
be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature - trees, flowers, grass-
grows in silence; see the stars,
the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...
We need silence to be able to touch souls.
- Mother Teresa

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy
of this period of social transition
was not the strident clamor of the bad people,
but the appalling silence of the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

New Year's eve is like every other night;
there is no pause in the march of the universe,
no breathless moment of silence among created things
that the passage of another twelve months may be noted;
and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening
that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.
- Hamilton Wright Mabie

"Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Few people know how to take a walk.
The qualifications are endurance,
plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature,
good humor, vast curiosity, good speech,
good silence and nothing too much.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself,
and know that everything in life has purpose.
There are no mistakes, no coincidences,
all events are blessings given to us to learn from.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Soon silence will have passed into legend.
Man has turned his back on silence.
Day after day he invents machines and devices that
increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life,
contemplation, meditation.
- Jean Arp

Everything is Song.
Everything is Silence.
Since it all turns out to be illusion,
perfectly being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad,
you are free to die laughing.
- James Broughton

I think television has betrayed the meaning of democratic speech,
adding visual chaos to the confusion of voices.
What role does silence have in all this noise?
- Federico Fellini

Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.
- Susan Sontag

No one nor anything can silence me.
- Dmitri Mendeleev

African women in general need to know that it's OK
for them to be the way they are -
to see the way they are as a strength,
and to be liberated from fear and from silence.
- Wangari Maathai

From politics, it was an easy step to silence.
- Jane Austen

Silence is an ornament for women.
- Sophocles

Speech and silence.
We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one
who cannot open his mouth.
- Emile M. Cioran

We should silence anyone who opposes the right to freedom of speech.
- Boyle Roche

If I cannot understand my friend's silence,
I will never get to understand his words.
- J. Enoch Powell

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

Confession is always weakness.
The grave soul keeps its own secrets,
and takes its own punishment in silence.
- Dorothy Dix

The human heart has hidden treasures,
In secret kept, in silence sealed; The thoughts,
the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures,
Whose charms were broken if revealed.
- Charlotte Bronte

It's time for women to make their voices heard.
Their silence on the subject of war and peace is deafening.
- Helen Thomas

For sin is just this, what man cannot by its very nature do with his whole being;
it is possible to silence the conflict in the soul,
but it is not possible to uproot it.
- Martin Buber

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

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

I think so, Silence of the Lambs was a great,
suspenseful thriller and I would expect Red Dragon to be similar.
And I think it's very character driven.
- Emily Watson

After The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal,
the audience would like to know where,
when, and who arrests Hannibal Lecter for the first time.
This is the story of Red Dragon.
- Dino De Laurentiis

It is more noble by silence to avoid an injury than
by argument to overcome it.
- Francis Beaumont

Against the State, against the Church,
against the silence of the medical profession,
against the whole machinery of dead institutions of the past,
the woman of today arises.
- Margaret Sanger

A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used,
to utter fully human speech as possible.
Powerlessness and silence go together.
- Margaret Atwood

Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence
you have not already tested.
- Elizabeth I

Silence is the mother of truth.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Silence and reserve will give anyone a reputation for wisdom.
- Myrtle Reed

Silence is the sure sign that you're on your way out in Hollywood.
- Budd Schulberg

Not every truth is the better for showing its face undisguised;
and often silence is the wisest thing for a man to heed.
- Pindar

I continued to protect him with my silence.
- Joyce Maynard

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Once I was condemned to three months' absolute silence.
As I could not speak, I wrote a book.
- Nana Mouskouri

I drank the silence of God from a spring in the woods.
- Georg Trakl

Since long I've held silence a remedy for harm.
- Aeschylus

To listen to your own silence is the key to comedy.
- Elayne Boosler

There is no way to ease the burden.
The voyage leads on from harm to harm,
A land of others and of silence.
- Donald Justice


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