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French-born American Critic, Novelist 1929-+1
Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence.
Greek biographer and essayist 46-120 AD+1
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
Italian philosopher and poet 1265-13210
A fair request should be followed by the deed in silence.
Thomas B. Macaulay
American essayist and historian 1800-18590
A few more days, and this essay will follow the Defensio Populi to the dust and silence of the upper shelf... For a month or two it will occupy a few minutes of chat in every drawing-room, and a few columns in every magazine; and it will then be withdrawn, to make room for the forthcoming novelties.
American Minister, Poet 1835-18930
A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
American Author 1906-0
A note of music gains significance from the silence on either side.
E. M. Cioran
French philosopher 1911-0
A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech.
French writer and philosopher 1712-17780
Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.
English writer 1894-19630
After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
All this talk and turmoil and noise and movement and desire is outside of the veil; within the veil is silence and calm and rest.
A. E. Housman
British poet 1859-19360
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears.
Source: A Shropshire Lad (1896) No. 19 (To an Athlete Dying Young), st. 4
Oliver Wendell Holmes
American writer and poet 1809-18940
And Silence, like a poultice, comes to heal the blows of sound.
Dutch humanist and philosopher 1469-15360
Ask a wise man to dinner and he'll upset everyone by his gloomy silence or tiresome questions. Invite him to a dance and you'll have a camel prancing about. Haul him off to a public entertainment and his face will be enough to spoil the people's entertainment.
American editor and novelist 1924-20170
Bigotry and intolerance, silenced by argument, endeavors to silence by persecution, in old days by fire and sword, in modern days by the tongue.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
English poet 1806-18610
But the child's sob curses deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath!