Quotes: silence

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  • George Steiner
    George Steiner
    French-born American Critic, Novelist 1929-
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    Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence.
  • Plutarch
    Plutarch
    Greek biographer and essayist 46-120 AD
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    Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
  • Alighieri Dante
    Alighieri Dante
    Italian philosopher and poet 1265-1321
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    A fair request should be followed by the deed in silence.
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    Thomas B. Macaulay
    American essayist and historian 1800-1859
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    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it will occupy a few minutes of chat in every drawing-room, and a few columns in every magazine; and it will then be withdrawn, to make room for the forthcoming novelties.
  • Phillips Brooks
    Phillips Brooks
    American Minister, Poet 1835-1893
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    A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.
  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    American Author 1906-
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    A note of music gains significance from the silence on either side.
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    French philosopher 1911-
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    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.
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    French writer and philosopher 1712-1778
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    Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.
  • Aldous Huxley
    Aldous Huxley
    English writer 1894-1963
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    After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
  • Bayazid Bastami
    Bayazid Bastami
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    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
    A. E. Housman
    British poet 1859-1936
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    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
    Oliver Wendell Holmes
    American writer and poet 1809-1894
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    And Silence, like a poultice, comes to heal the blows of sound.
  • Desiderius Erasmus
    Desiderius Erasmus
    Dutch humanist and philosopher 1469-1536
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    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.
  • Charles Simmons
    Charles Simmons
    American editor and novelist 1924-2017
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    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
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    English poet 1806-1861
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    But the child's sob curses deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath!
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