quotations about silence
Silence speaks when words can't.
When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
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.
MOTHER TERESA, A Gift for God
Silence is the most powerful scream.
Silence is like a river of grace inviting us to leap unafraid into its beckoning depths. It is dark and mysterious in the waters of grace. Yet in the silent darkness we are given new eyes. In the heart of the divine we can see more clearly who we are. We are renewed and cleansed in this river of silence. There are those among you who fear the Great Silence. It is a foreign land to you. Sometimes it is good to leap into the unknown. Practice leaping.
MACRINA WIEDERKEHR, Seven Sacred Pauses
When the teeth are shut the tongue is at home.
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, "The Touchstone", Fables
If silence is good for the wise, how much better is it for the foolish!
IVAN PANIN, Thoughts
Silence is the speech of love,
The music of the spheres above.
RICHARD HENRY STODDARD, Speech of Love
Silence about a thing just magnifies it.
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Silence is a great peacemaker.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, Table-Talk
When you become aware of silence, immediately there is that state of inner still alertness. You are present. You have stepped out of thousands of years of collective human conditioning.
ECKHART TOLLE, Stillness Speaks
Silence: the most beautiful voice.
To sin by silence, when we should protest,
Makes cowards out of men.
ELLA WHEELER WILCOX, "Protest", Poems of Problems
Silence is the virtue of fools.
FRANCIS BACON, De Augmentis Scientiarum
It is silence that most needs an answering -- when I can no longer speak, hear me.
JEANETTE WINTERSON, The Stone Gods
Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.
THOMAS CARLYLE, Critical and Miscellaneous Essays
When people refuse to speak out for too long, it's like water that's stagnant and starts to rot!
AUGUST STRINDBERG, The Ghost Sonata
Where I am, I don't know, I'll never know, in the silence you don't know, you must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on.
SAMUEL BECKETT, The Unnamable
Few people can endure silence for long. They must have some expression outside themselves that corresponds to the unrest of the spirit.
JOHN DANIEL BARRY, "Silence", Reactions and Other Essays
Silence is the mother of Truth.
BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Tancred