Quotes: silence

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  • Martin Luther King
    Martin Luther King
    American preacher 1929-1968
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    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Archibald Macleish
    Archibald Macleish
    American poet 1892-1982
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    To see the earth as we now see it, small and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the unending night - brothers who see now they are truly brothers.
  • 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it will occupy a few minutes of chat in every drawing-room, and a few columns in every magazine; and it will then be withdrawn, to make room for the forthcoming novelties.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.
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