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141 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.


I drank the silence of God from a spring in the woods.



Silence is true wisdom's best reply.





Awesome is loud but awe is quiet.



Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life.



Sweet are the thoughts that savor of content: the quiet mind is richer than a crown.



Silence is best.



Silence never betrays you.



Truth hath a quiet breast.



Silence your critics. Ignore your haters. Delete your cynics.



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.



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.



Never miss a good chance to shut up.



Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.



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



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.



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.



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.



Your very silence shows you agree.



Silence is an empty space, space is the home of the awakened mind.



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



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.



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



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.



Silence is the eternal duty of man.



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.



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.



No writer in our time has been more isolated than Kafka, and yet few have achieved communication as well as he did.



I go silent so I can write. When my tongue is wagging my fingers are silent.



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.



I have only one confidant, and that is the silence of night.



Never be bullied into silence.



The wisest man is the silent one. Examine his actions. Judge him by them.



Listening to the eternal involves a silence within us.



Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud.



Noise: a stench in the ear.



Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.



You misinterpret everything, even the silence.



I was quiet, but I was not blind.



We need silence to be able to touch souls.



Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.



Talk doesn't cook rice.



Experience teaches us that silence terrifies people the most.



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



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



The truth hurts, but silence kills.



Speak only if it improves upon the silence.



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



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.



Silence is so freaking loud.



Time and silence are the most luxurious things today.



Speech is silver, silence is golden.



It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.



Saying nothing sometimes says the most.



There was a brief silence. I think I heard snow falling.



We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.



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



Quiet people have the loudest minds.



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



Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.



Silence gives answers.



Keep silent, because the world of silence is a vast fullness.



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.



Silence is a place of great power and healing.



Truth is the offspring of silence and meditation.

Longer Version:

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.



Meditation is the action of silence.



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.



Seeing her sitting there unresponsive makes me realize that silence has a sound.



A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.



The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.



To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence.



A fool is known by his speech; and a wise man by silence.



It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie.



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



Speak for yourself and from yourself, or be silent.



Silence is a statement that is open to gross misinterpretation.



An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.



Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.

Longer Version:

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.



Silence is more eloquent than words.



Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.



Silence is also conversation.



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

Longer Version:

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!



Silence is better than unmeaning words.



I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent.



Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.



Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.



Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.



The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.



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



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



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.



Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.



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



The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.



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



Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.



Silence is a source of great strength.



Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.



Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man.



Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.



If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.



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



Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence.



Hope will never be silent.



There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated by noise and gregariousness.



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.



Great souls suffer in silence.



Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.



Silence is the virtue of fools.



It is more noble by silence to avoid an injury than by argument to overcome it.



My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.



The good and the wise lead quiet lives.



Some of the greatest battles will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul.



Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.



Silence is safer than speech.



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



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



Silences are the most underrated part of comedy.



Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.


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