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220 Greatest Quotes About Silence


In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood. Henry David Thoreau
If I could prescribe only one remedy for all the ills of the modern world, I would prescribe silence. Soren Kierkegaard
The silence sings. It is musical. I remember a night when it was audible. I heard the unspeakable. Henry David Thoreau
Silence is a true friend who never betrays. Confucius
The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me. Blaise Pascal
Is love this misguided need to have you beside me most of the time? Is love this safety I feel in our silences? Is it this belonging, this completeness? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together. Margaret Atwood
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. Aldous Huxley
An Irishman needs three things : silence, cunnning, and exile. James Joyce
I said nothing for a time, just ran my fingertips along the edge of the human-shaped emptiness that had been left inside me. Haruki Murakami
Nothing matters but the writing. There has been nothing else worthwhile... a stain upon the silence. Samuel Beckett
From politics it was an easy step to silence. Jane Austen
Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness. Samuel Beckett
Just sitting in silence is one of the best things a man can do. Nas
Let silence be your general rule; or say only what is necessary and in few words. Epictetus
The true genius shudders at incompleteness - and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be. Edgar Allan Poe
We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Elie Wiesel
Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight. Orhan Pamuk
Don't look for meaning in the words. Listen to the silences. Samuel Beckett
Speech is silver, silence is golden. Thomas Carlyle
To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence. Louise Bourgeois
God is silent. Now if only man would shut up. Woody Allen
All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others. Virginia Woolf
Silence, I discover, is something you can actually hear. Haruki Murakami
Nothing is more useful than silence. Menander
Let my thoughts come to you, when I am gone, like the afterglow of sunset at the margin of starry silence. Rabindranath Tagore
The most difficult thing to understand during conversation is silence. Henry David Thoreau
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. Ansel Adams
Some hearts understand each other, even in silence. Yasmin Mogahed
Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Christopher Hitchens
Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact. George Eliot
When you can bear your own silence, you are free. Mooji
The world soffers a lot. Not because the violence of bad people. But because of the silence of the good people. Napoleon Bonaparte
You gotta be careful: don't say a word to nobody about nothing anytime ever. Johnny Depp
I get tired of talking when I want to be silent. Henry Rollins
Let us have the luxury of silence. Jane Austen
Silence is a source of Great Strength. Lao Tzu
It is not so easy to keep silent when the silence is a lie. Victor Hugo
Secrets, silent, stony sit in the dark palaces of both our hearts: secrets weary of their tyranny: tyrants willing to be dethroned. James Joyce
The philosophers are wrong: it is not words that kill, it is silence. Elie Wiesel
Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly. Epictetus
Every word has consequences. Every silence, too. Jean-Paul Sartre
My love, I fear the silence of your hands. Mahmoud Darwish
He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. Elbert Hubbard
If you're asked: What is the silence? Respond: It is the first stone of the Wisdom's temple. Pythagoras
Silence is the essential condition of happiness. Heinrich Heine