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Salient Quotes About Silence for You to Reflect Upon

Shhhhh! Ah, silence, often so coveted. Sometimes the opposite. Is silence golden? Or is it deadly? Here we present the best quotes and musings we could find on peace and quiet - joyous silence - for your entertainment. We hope you like them, and please share.

Quote: I drank the silence of God from a spring in the woods. by author Georg Trakl overlaid on photo of green pine trees near mountain under blue sky during daytime
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I drank the silence of God from a spring in the woods.


Quote: The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. by author Albert Einstein overlaid on photo of photo of outer space
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The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.


Quote: Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech. by author Plutarch overlaid on photo of blue sky
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Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.


Quote: Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly. by author Epictetus overlaid on photo of blooming yellow sunflower field
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Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.


Quote: A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of four person hands wrap around shoulders while looking at sunset
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A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.


Quote: When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. by author Ansel Adams overlaid on photo of low angle photography of drop lights
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When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.


Quote: Silence is true wisdom's best reply. by author Euripides overlaid on photo of sunset
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Silence is true wisdom's best reply.


Quote: Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself. by author Paramahansa Yogananda overlaid on photo of silhouette of off-road car
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Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself.


If you must make a noise, make it quietly.


Quote: Never miss a good chance to shut up. by author Will Rogers overlaid on photo of person holding fan of 100 us dollar bill
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Never miss a good chance to shut up.


Quote: Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them. by author Dion Boucicault overlaid on photo of sliced lemon on pink surface
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Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.


Quote: Do you want to change the world? Then change yourself first. Do you want to change yourself? Then remain completely silent inside the silence-sea. by author Sri Chinmoy overlaid on photo of red and blue light digital wallpaper
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Do you want to change the world? Then change yourself first. Do you want to change yourself? Then remain completely silent inside the silence-sea.


Quote: I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company. by author Henry Miller overlaid on photo of photo of author Henry Miller with quote

I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.


Quote: How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself. by author Virginia Woolf overlaid on photo of Virginia Woolf quote; white text on black background

How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.


Quote: In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. by author Martin Luther King Jr.  overlaid on photo of two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge
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In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.


Quote: To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence. by author Louise Bourgeois overlaid on photo of colored pencil lined up on top of white surface
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To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence.


Quote: A fool is known by his speech; and a wise man by silence. by author Pythagoras overlaid on photo of sunset forest
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A fool is known by his speech; and a wise man by silence.


Quote: Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. by author Plutarch overlaid on photo of purple and black skies
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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.


Quote: 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. by author Martin Luther King Jr.  overlaid on photo of solid background
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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.




The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.


Quote: Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man. by author Iain Duncan Smith overlaid on photo of sunset hgihway
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Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man.


Quote: Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. by author Henry Van Dyke overlaid on photo of green trees on body of water during daytime
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Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.


Quote: If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime
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If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.


Quote: Hope will never be silent. by author Harvey Milk overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on red flower
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Hope will never be silent.


Quote: You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of photo of author Franz Kafka with quote

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.




Quote: Silence is a true friend who never betrays. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Silence is a true friend who never betrays.


Quote: No durable things are built on violent passion. Nature grows her plants in silence and in darkness, and only when they have become strong do they put their heads above the ground. by author Annie Besant overlaid on photo of group of elephant on brown field under white clouds during daytime
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No durable things are built on violent passion. Nature grows her plants in silence and in darkness, and only when they have become strong do they put their heads above the ground.


Quote: No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. by author Alice Walker overlaid on photo of empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography
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No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.




Quote: Awesome is loud but awe is quiet. by author Kevin McCloud overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape
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Awesome is loud but awe is quiet.


Quote: Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. by author Khaled Hosseini overlaid on photo of woman carrying toddler on seashore
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Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life.


Quote: Sweet are the thoughts that savor of content: the quiet mind is richer than a crown. by author Graham Greene overlaid on photo of blue butterfly sticker lot
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Sweet are the thoughts that savor of content: the quiet mind is richer than a crown.


Quote: Silence is best. by author John Hewson overlaid on photo of brown and white dog covered with green and white blanket
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Silence is best.


Quote: Silence never betrays you. by author John Boyle O'Reilly overlaid on photo of donkey
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Silence never betrays you.


Quote: Truth hath a quiet breast. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of Peace sign logo neon signage
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Truth hath a quiet breast.


Quote: Silence your critics. Ignore your haters. Delete your cynics. by author Robin Sharma overlaid on photo of black pug with gray knit scarf
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Silence your critics. Ignore your haters. Delete your cynics.


Quote: We love the night and its quiet; and there is no night that we love so well as that on which the moon is coffined in clouds. by author Fitz-James O'Brien overlaid on photo of red textile in close up photography
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We love the night and its quiet; and there is no night that we love so well as that on which the moon is coffined in clouds.


Quote: Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received. by author Seneca the Younger overlaid on photo of photo of author Seneca the Younger with quote

Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received.


Quote: Music is pleasing not only because of the sound but because of the silence that is in it: without the alternation of sound and silence there would be no rhythm. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of yellow and black striped background
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Music is pleasing not only because of the sound but because of the silence that is in it: without the alternation of sound and silence there would be no rhythm.


Quote: It is always assumed by the empty-headed, who chatter about themselves for want of something better, that people who do not discuss their affairs openly must have something to hide. by author Honoré de Balzac overlaid on photo of photo of author Honoré de Balzac with quote

It is always assumed by the empty-headed, who chatter about themselves for want of something better, that people who do not discuss their affairs openly must have something to hide.


Quote: Your very silence shows you agree. by author Euripides overlaid on photo of 10 and 20 us dollar bill
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Your very silence shows you agree.


Quote: Silence is an empty space, space is the home of the awakened mind. by author Gautama Buddha overlaid on photo of fawn pug standing on textile
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Silence is an empty space, space is the home of the awakened mind.


Quote: You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind. by author Sathya Sai Baba overlaid on photo of photo of author Sathya Sai Baba with quote

You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind.


Quote: We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves. by author Leonora Carrington overlaid on photo of pug lying on pet bed
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We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.


Quote: When I pronounce the word Future, the first syllable already belongs to the past. When I pronounce the word Silence, I destroy it. by author Wisława Szymborska overlaid on photo of photo of author Wisława Szymborska with quote

When I pronounce the word Future, the first syllable already belongs to the past. When I pronounce the word Silence, I destroy it.


Quote: Silence is the eternal duty of man. by author Thomas Carlyle overlaid on photo of person holding fan of 100 us dollar bill
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Silence is the eternal duty of man.


Quote: I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams. by author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry overlaid on photo of man standing on cliff under white sky
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I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams.


Quote: As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment. by author John Steinbeck overlaid on photo of black and white long fur cat
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As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.


Quote: No writer in our time has been more isolated than Kafka, and yet few have achieved communication as well as he did. by author Eugenio Montale overlaid on photo of chocolate
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No writer in our time has been more isolated than Kafka, and yet few have achieved communication as well as he did.


Quote: I go silent so I can write. When my tongue is wagging my fingers are silent. by author Sonia Rumzi overlaid on photo of multicolored heart LED light on wall
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I go silent so I can write. When my tongue is wagging my fingers are silent.


Quote: I have only one confidant, and that is the silence of night. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of woman lying on white lounge chair in the middle of pool
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I have only one confidant, and that is the silence of night.


Quote: Never be bullied into silence. by author Harvey Fierstein overlaid on photo of person with blue paint on hand
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Never be bullied into silence.


Quote: The wisest man is the silent one. Examine his actions. Judge him by them. by author Karen Marie Moning overlaid on photo of man carrying woman
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The wisest man is the silent one. Examine his actions. Judge him by them.


Quote: Listening to the eternal involves a silence within us. by author Thomas Raymond Kelly (Quaker mystic) overlaid on photo of elephant play with brown sand
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Listening to the eternal involves a silence within us.


Quote: Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud. by author Unknown Author overlaid on photo of sunset over hill
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Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud.


Quote: Noise: a stench in the ear. by author Ambrose Bierce overlaid on photo of photo of author Ambrose Bierce with quote

Noise: a stench in the ear.


Quote: Speech is of time, silence is of eternity. by author Thomas Carlyle overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of books
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Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.


Quote: You misinterpret everything, even the silence. by author Franz Kafka overlaid on photo of gray concrete road between trees
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You misinterpret everything, even the silence.


Quote: I was quiet, but I was not blind. by author Jane Austen overlaid on photo of woman holding two round gold-colored coins
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I was quiet, but I was not blind.


Quote: We need silence to be able to touch souls. by author Mother Teresa overlaid on photo of turned on desk lamp beside pile of books
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We need silence to be able to touch souls.


Quote: Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence. by author Pythagoras overlaid on photo of white and black bird
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Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.


Quote: Talk doesn't cook rice. by author Chinese Proverb overlaid on photo of brown and white short coated dog lying on white surface
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Talk doesn't cook rice.


Quote: Experience teaches us that silence terrifies people the most. by author Bob Dylan overlaid on photo of photo of author Bob Dylan with quote

Experience teaches us that silence terrifies people the most.


Quote: You have a grand gift for silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion. by author Arthur Conan Doyle overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur Conan Doyle with quote

You have a grand gift for silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.


Quote: Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper. by author Martin Luther King Jr.  overlaid on photo of photo of author Martin Luther King Jr.  with quote

Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper.


Quote: The truth hurts, but silence kills. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of two person on the tunnel
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The truth hurts, but silence kills.


Quote: Speak only if it improves upon the silence. by author Mahatma Gandhi overlaid on photo of sunflowers
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Speak only if it improves upon the silence.


Quote: Talk, talk, talk: the utter and heartbreaking stupidity of words. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Talk, talk, talk: the utter and heartbreaking stupidity of words.


Quote: I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right. by author Cato the Elder overlaid on photo of photo of author Cato the Elder with quote

I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.


Quote: Silence is so freaking loud. by author Sarah Dessen overlaid on photo of microsoft surface black laptop computer turned on beside green plant
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Silence is so freaking loud.


Quote: Time and silence are the most luxurious things today. by author Tom Ford overlaid on photo of person holding green plant during daytime
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Time and silence are the most luxurious things today.


Quote: Speech is silver, silence is golden. by author Thomas Carlyle overlaid on photo of person holding fan of 100 us dollar bill
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Speech is silver, silence is golden.


Quote: It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart. by author Mahatma Gandhi overlaid on photo of person with black tattoo on left hand
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It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.


Quote: Saying nothing sometimes says the most. by author Emily Dickinson overlaid on photo of gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower
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Saying nothing sometimes says the most.


Quote: There was a brief silence. I think I heard snow falling. by author Erich Segal overlaid on photo of men's white dress shirt
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There was a brief silence. I think I heard snow falling.


Quote: We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak. by author Unknown Author overlaid on photo of silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky
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We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.


Quote: Quiet people have the loudest minds. by author Stephen Hawking overlaid on photo of pink pig coin bank on brown wooden table
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Quiet people have the loudest minds.


Quote: I am a minimalist. I like saying the most with the least. by author Bob Newhart overlaid on photo of photo of author Bob Newhart with quote

I am a minimalist. I like saying the most with the least.


Quote: Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation. by author Rumi overlaid on photo of brown rock formation on body of water during daytime
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Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.


Quote: Silence gives answers. by author Rumi overlaid on photo of grassland
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Silence gives answers.


Quote: Keep silent, because the world of silence is a vast fullness. by author Rumi overlaid on photo of two women walking on bridge during daytime
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Keep silent, because the world of silence is a vast fullness.


Quote: Solitude is for me a fount of healing which makes my life worth living. Talking is often a torment for me, and I need many days of silence to recover from the futility of words. by author Carl Jung overlaid on photo of grayscale photography of raindrops
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Solitude is for me a fount of healing which makes my life worth living. Talking is often a torment for me, and I need many days of silence to recover from the futility of words.


Quote: Silence is a place of great power and healing. by author Rachel Naomi Remen overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of elephant on grass field
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Silence is a place of great power and healing.


Quote: Truth is the offspring of silence and meditation. by author Isaac Newton overlaid on photo of brown brick wall photography
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Truth is the offspring of silence and meditation.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Truth is the offspring of silence and meditation. I keep the subject constantly before me and wait 'til the first dawnings open slowly, by little and little, into a full and clear light.


Quote: Meditation is the action of silence. by author Jiddu Krishnamurti overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape donkey
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Meditation is the action of silence.


Quote: There is no sound more annoying than the chatter of a child, and none more sad than the silence they leave when they are gone. by author Mark Lawrence overlaid on photo of yellow and purple flower with white background
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There is no sound more annoying than the chatter of a child, and none more sad than the silence they leave when they are gone.


Quote: Seeing her sitting there unresponsive makes me realize that silence has a sound. by author Jodi Picoult overlaid on photo of gray elephant
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Seeing her sitting there unresponsive makes me realize that silence has a sound.


Quote: A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. by author Leopold Stokowski overlaid on photo of man holding brown violin
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A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.


Quote: The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between. by author Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart overlaid on photo of mountain dew during sunrise
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The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.


Quote: It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of couple embracing backlit by sunset wallpaper
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It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie.


Quote: Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine. by author Unknown Author overlaid on photo of grey hlalway
Photo Credit: Filip Kominik

Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.


Quote: Speak for yourself and from yourself, or be silent. by author George Henry Lewes overlaid on photo of brown Tabby cat on yellow wooden bench
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Speak for yourself and from yourself, or be silent.


Quote: Silence is a statement that is open to gross misinterpretation. by author Craig Bruce overlaid on photo of person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime
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Silence is a statement that is open to gross misinterpretation.


Quote: An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind. by author Walter Bagehot overlaid on photo of person holding gray leaf
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An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.


Quote: Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together. by author Thomas Carlyle overlaid on photo of red tulip in bloom close up photo
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Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Silence is more eloquent than words. by author Thomas Carlyle overlaid on photo of 1 U.S. dollar banknote
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Silence is more eloquent than words.


Quote: Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness. by author Samuel Beckett overlaid on photo of orange tabby kitten
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Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.


Quote: Silence is also conversation. by author Ramana Maharshi overlaid on photo of sunset
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Silence is also conversation.


I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching. How far off, how cool, how chaste the persons look,begirt each one with a precinct or sanctuary!


Quote: Silence is better than unmeaning words. by author Pythagoras overlaid on photo of raindrops on clear window
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Silence is better than unmeaning words.


Quote: I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent. by author Publilius Syrus overlaid on photo of aerial view of gray building on brown sand
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I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent.


Quote: Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent. by author Napoleon Hill overlaid on photo of black and white abstract illustration
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Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.


Quote: The best cure for the body is a quiet mind. by author Napoléon Bonaparte overlaid on photo of red and white heart balloons
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The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.


Quote: The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence; not in silence, but restraint. by author Marianne Moore overlaid on photo of silhouette of mountain
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The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence; not in silence, but restraint.


Quote: Music and silence combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music. by author Marcel Marceau overlaid on photo of iris flower blue wallpaper
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Music and silence combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music.


Quote: The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. by author Mark Twain overlaid on photo of labrador dog beach wallpaper
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The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.


Quote: I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.


Quote: Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of man smiling while facing other person
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Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.


Quote: Silence is a source of great strength. by author Laozi (Lao-Tzu) overlaid on photo of brown and black tiger near body of water
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Silence is a source of great strength.


Quote: Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death. by author Jean-Jacques Rousseau overlaid on photo of airplane wing above body of water during daytime
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Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.


Quote: In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white dog on sands between leafed plants
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In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.


Quote: Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence. by author Henri Frederic Amiel overlaid on photo of man and woman holding hands in grayscale photography
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Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence.


Quote: There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated by noise and gregariousness. by author George Steiner overlaid on photo of silhouette of kneeling man
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There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated by noise and gregariousness.


Quote: Great souls suffer in silence. by author Friedrich Schiller overlaid on photo of woman wearing white dress
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Great souls suffer in silence.




Quote: It is more noble by silence to avoid an injury than by argument to overcome it. by author Francis Beaumont overlaid on photo of orange and white tabby cat on yellow background
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It is more noble by silence to avoid an injury than by argument to overcome it.


Quote: My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. by author Edith Sitwell overlaid on photo of person wearing gold and silver round analog watch
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My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.


Quote: The good and the wise lead quiet lives. by author Euripides overlaid on photo of bare tree on mountain during sunset
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The good and the wise lead quiet lives.


Quote: Some of the greatest battles will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul. by author Ezra Taft Benson overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of brown and black butterfly flying near blooming purple petaled flowers
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Some of the greatest battles will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul.


Quote: Silence is safer than speech. by author Epictetus overlaid on photo of pink dahlia in bloom
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Silence is safer than speech.


Quote: If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results. by author Emily Bronte overlaid on photo of man and woman sitting on hanging bridge at daytime
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If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results.


Quote: He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. by author Elbert Hubbard overlaid on photo of desk with laptop
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He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.


Quote: Silences are the most underrated part of comedy. by author David Steinberg overlaid on photo of man in white shirt and black pants standing on top of building
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Silences are the most underrated part of comedy.


Quote: Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime
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Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.


Quote: Silence is more musical than any song. by author Christina Rossetti overlaid on photo of photo of author Christina Rossetti with quote

Silence is more musical than any song.


Silence is argument carried out by other means.


Quote: Silence is the ultimate weapon of power. by author Charles de Gaulle overlaid on photo of photo of author Charles de Gaulle with quote

Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.


Quote: The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me. by author Blaise Pascal overlaid on photo of computer screen showing code
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The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.


Quote: Musicians want to be the loud voice for so many quiet hearts. by author Billy Joel overlaid on photo of photo of author Billy Joel with quote

Musicians want to be the loud voice for so many quiet hearts.


Quote: As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence. by author Benjamin Franklin overlaid on photo of man and woman kissing each other
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As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.


Quote: Silence is the mother of truth. by author Benjamin Disraeli overlaid on photo of photo of author Benjamin Disraeli with quote

Silence is the mother of truth.


Quote: The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak. by author Baruch Spinoza overlaid on photo of photo of author Baruch Spinoza with quote

The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.


Quote: Lying is done with words and also with silence. by author Adrienne Rich overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of elephant on grass field
Photo Credit: Keyur Nandaniya

Lying is done with words and also with silence.


Quote: I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. by author Audre Lorde overlaid on photo of purple lavender flower
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I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.


Quote: When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak. by author Audre Lorde overlaid on photo of brown short coated dog lying on white and pink floral textile
Photo Credit: Joy Christian

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.


Quote: Silence is the wit of fools. by author Anatole France overlaid on photo of photo of author Anatole France with quote

Silence is the wit of fools.


Quote: After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of closeup photo of violin on brown surface
Photo Credit: Beth Rufener

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


Quote: I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence. by author Aeschylus overlaid on photo of photo of author Aeschylus with quote

I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence.


Quote: Only when the voice of duty is silent, or when it has already spoken, may we allowably think of the consequences of a particular action. by author Augustus Hare overlaid on photo of photo of author Augustus Hare with quote

Only when the voice of duty is silent, or when it has already spoken, may we allowably think of the consequences of a particular action.


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