Silence Quotes

A sage thing is timely silence, and better than any speech

Plutarch

I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.

C.S. Lewis

A beautiful eye makes silence eloquent, a kind eye makes contradiction an assent, an enraged eye makes beauty deformed. This little member gives life to every other part about us; and I believe the story of Argus implies no more than that the eye is in every part; that is to say, every other part would be mutilated were not its force represented more by the eye than even by itself.

Joseph Addison

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.

Sir Francis Bacon

The voice of protest, of warning, of appeal is never more needed than when the clamor of fife and drum, echoed by the press and too often by the pulpit, is bidding all men fall in step and obey in silence the tyrannous word of command. Then, more than ever, it is the duty of the good citizen not to be silent.

Charles Eliot Norton

I have learned now that while those who speak about ones miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.

C.S. Lewis

God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.

Mother Teresa

Profound meditation in solitude and silence frequently exalts the mind above its natural tone, fires the imagination, produces the most refined and sublime conceptions. The soul then tastes the purest and most refined delight, and almost loses the idea of existence in the intellectual pleasure it receives. The mind on every motion darts through space into eternity; and raised, in its free enjoyment of its powers by its own enthusiasm, strengthens itself in the habitude of contemplating the noblest subjects, and of adopting the most heroic pursuits.

Johann Georg von Zimmermann

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... Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation.

Jean Arp

Behind all creation is silence. Silence is the essential condition, the vital ingredient for all creation and all that is created. It is a power in its own right. The artist starts with a blank canvas - silence. The composer places it between and behind the notes. The very ground of your being, out of which comes all your thoughts, is silence. The way to silence is through meditation. When you arrive in your own silence you will know true freedom and real power. Stop, take a minute, and listen to the silence within you today. Then be aware of what disturbs your inner silence. It could be negative thoughts, memories, sensations. And when you are aware, you will know what is draining your creative power, and you will know what needs to change...on the inside!

Unknown

How do we meditate silently? Just by not talking, just by not using outer words, we are not doing silent meditation. Silent meditation is totally different. When we start meditating in silence, right from the beginning we feel the bottom of a sea within us and without. The life of activity movement and restlessness is on the surface, but deep below, underneath our human life, there is poise and silence. So, either we shall imagine this sea of silence within us or we shall feel that we are nothing but a sea of poise itself

Sri Chinmoy

Lying is done with words and also with silence.

Adrienne Rich

Silence has been given to woman the better to express her thoughts.

Louis Claude Joseph Desnoyers

Silence is the mother of Truth.

Benjamin Disraeli

Silence holds the door against the strife of tongue and all the impertinences of idle conversation.

James Hervey

Silence and simplicity obtrude on no one, but are yet two unequaled attractions in woman.

Alphonse de Lamartine

Silence,--the applause of real and durable impressions.

Alphonse de Lamartine

To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men.

Abraham Lincoln

The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence; not in silence, but restraint.

Marianne Craig Moore

Silence is man's chief learning.

Palladas

Silence never yet betrayed any one!

Antoine de Rivarol

To me so deep a silence portends some dread event; a clamorous sorrow wastes itself in sound.

Sophocles

Silence, beautiful voice.

Lord Alfred Tennyson

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

Henry David Thoreau
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