Silence Quotes

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

Henry David Thoreau

Our noisy years seem moments in the being Of the eternal Silence.

William Wordsworth

Silence is a trick when it imposes. Pedants and scholars, churchmen and physicians, abound in silent pride.

Johann Georg von Zimmermann

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

God, despite his casual silence, still exists. Of that I havenít a single doubt.

Don Williams, Jr.

Oppression can only survive through silence.

Unknown

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

Silence on a hill where the path ended and then the forest below moving in one long whisper as evening touched the leaves.

William Stafford

When an argument flares up, the wise man quenches it with silence.

Unknown

Summer makes a silence after spring.

Vita Sackville-West

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

Marcel Marceau

Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.

Robert Fripp

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

Aldous Huxley

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

Charles Simic

Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we permit the last virgin forests to be turned into comic books and plastic cigarette cases; if we drive the few remaining members of the wild species into zoos or to extinction; if we pollute the last clean air and dirty the last clean streams and push our paved roads through the last of the silence, so that never again will Americans be free from noise, the exhausts, the stinks of human and automotive waste. And so that never again can we have the chance to see ourselves single, separate, vertical and individual in the world, part of the environment of trees and rocks and soil, brother to the other animals, part of the natural world and competent to belong in it. We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.

Wallace Stegner

Returned me, oh sun, to my wild destiny, rain of the ancient wood, bringing me back to the aroma of swords that fall from the sky, the solitary peace of pasture and rock, the damp at the river-margins, the smell of the larch tree, the wind alive like a heart beating in the crowded restlessness of the towering araucaria. Earth, give me back your pure gifts, the towers of silence which rose from the solemnity of their roots. I want to go back to being what I have not been, and learn to go back from such deeps that amongst all natural things I could live or not live; it does not matter to be one stone more, the dark stone, the pure stone which the river bears away.

Pablo Neruda

If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results.

Emily Bronte

The best apology against false accusers is silence and sufferance, and honest deeds set against dishonest words.

John Milton

The true genius shudders at incompleteness - and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.

Edgar Allan Poe

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.

Maxims

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

Silence does not always mark wisdom.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Silence often expresses 'more powerfully than speech the verdict and judgment of society.

Benjamin Disraeli

Silence in times of suffering is the best.

John Dryden
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