Silence Quotes

As we must account for every idle word, so we must for every idle silence.

Benjamin Franklin

Silence is the sanctuary of prudence.

Baltasar Gracian

We may give more offense by our silence than even by impertinence.

William Hazlitt

Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrusts himself.

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

What manly eloquence could produce such an effect as woman's silence?

Jules Michelet

That silence is one of the great arts of conversation is allowed by Cicero himself, who says, there is not only an art, but even an eloquence in it.

Hannah More

Silence sweeter is than speech.

Dinah Maria Mulock

Silence! coeval with eternity! thou wert ere Nature's self began to be; thine was the sway ere heaven was formed on earth, ere fruitful thought conceived creation's birth.

Alexander Pope

Be silent, or say something better than silence.


A judicious silence is always better than truth spoken without charity.

Saint Francis de Sales

Woman, to women silence is the best ornament.


There is nothing wherein their womanliness is more honestly garnished than with silence.

Nicholas Udall

By silence, I hear other men's imperfections and conceal my own.


If you are a writer you locate yourself behind a wall of silence and no matter what you are doing, driving a car or walking or doing housework you can still be writing, because you have that space.

Joyce Carol Oates

There are no foolish questions, only foolish silence


Our physical organs are animal forces, which will quite naturally obey a man who is prepared to command them. They are there to serve him, not to enslave him. But the ego is so lazy that it makes him quite glad to abdicate this power in return for the secret satisfaction of pitying his own sufferings, or attracting attention to his pathetic case. Most of our pathological conditions are aggravated by this unconfessed indulgence. The same applies to our personal dramas and daily worries; we should have the courage to admit that they feed largely on the pity of others, and on our own. In most cases, what would be left of them if we passed them over in total silence?

Isha De Lubicz

In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fouth practicing, the fifth teaching others.

Ibn Gabirol 1020C

He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.

Elbert Hubbard

If the crow had been satisfied to eat his prey in silence, he would have had more meat and less quarreling and envy.

Horace, Epistles

My grief lies all within, And these external manners of lament Are merely shadows to the unseen grief That swells with silence in the tortured soul

William Shakespeare

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends

Martin Luther King, jr.

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

Alice Walker

In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fouth practicing, the fifth -- teaching others.

Ibn Gabirol

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

Robert Louis Stevenson 1850
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