Silence Quotes

silence quotes

I’ve been reading a lot of silence quotes lately. Enjoy:

  • There are times when silence has the loudest voice. -Leroy Brownlow

  • Silence is a source of great strength. -Lao Tzu
  • I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue. -Xenocrates of Chalcedon (396-314BC)
  • We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature…trees, flowers, grass…grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls. -Mother Teresa (1910-1997)
  • Silence is the true friend that never betrays. -Confucius
  • Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute. -Josh Billings (1815-1885)
  • I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers. -Kahlil Gibran
  • When not prompted by vanity, we say little. -Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)
  • Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. -Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964)
  • In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth. -Mahatma Gandhi
  • You are a slave to what you do say, a master of what you don’t say. -Unknown
  • Lying is done with words and also with silence. -Adrienne Rich
  • 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. -Cato The Elder (BC234-149)
  • Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrusts himself. -François de la Rochefoucauld
  • A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren’t we like that wise old bird? -Edward Hersey Richards
  • Silence is more eloquent than words -Thomas Carlyle
  • Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish. -Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)
  • To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. -Abraham Lincoln
  • I am better able to retract what I did not say than what I did. -Ibn Gabirol
  • Silence is one of the great arts of conversation. -Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. -William Penn (1644-1718)
  • The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak -Baruch Spinoza
  • If you don’t say anything, you won’t be called on to repeat it. -Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)
  • I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent. -Publilius Syrus
  • The man who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. -Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)
  • When the eagles are silent the parrots begin to jabber. -Winston Churchill
  • If you keep your mouth shut you will never put your foot in it. -Austin O’Malley
  • That man’s silence is wonderful to listen to. -Thomas Hardy
  • Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of the gods. -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
  • And Silence, like a poultice, comes to heal the blows of sound. -Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • An inability to stay quiet is one of the most conspicuous failings of mankind. -Walter Bagehot
  • Silence is as deep as eternity, speech as shallow as time. -Thomas Carlyle
  • The tree of silence bears the fruit of peace. -Arabian proverb
  • Silence is the perfectos herald of joy. I were but little happy if I could say how much. -William Shakespeare
  • True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. -William Penn
  • Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech. -Plutarch
  • The Pause; that impressive silence, that eloquent silence, that geometrically progressive silence which often achieves a desired effect where no combination of words, however so felicitous, could accomplish it. -Mark Twain
  • In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut. -Sam Rayburn
  • One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say. -Will Durant
  • Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer. -Muhammad Ali
  • In silence man can most readily preserve his integrity. -Meister Eckhart

What do you think? Of course, we all know people that could benefit from reading this page, but you know they’ll never think any of this applies to them, right?

SILENCE QUOTES

There are times when silence has the loudest voice. - Leroy Brownlow

Silence is a source of great strength. - Lao Tzu

See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...we need silence to be able to touch souls. - Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Silence is the true friend that never betrays. - Confucius quotes 

I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers - Kahlil Gibran quotes

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth. - Mahatma Gandhi quotes

Lying is done with words and also with silence. - Adrienne Rich quotes

Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrusts himself - François de la Rochefoucauld quotes 

Silence is more eloquent than words - Thomas Carlyle quotes 

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. - Abraham Lincoln quotes 

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation. - Marcus Tullius Cicero quotes 

The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak - Baruch Spinoza quotes

I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent. - Publilius Syrus

When the eagles are silent the parrots begin to jabber. - Winston Churchill

That man's silence is wonderful to listen to. - Thomas Hardy

And Silence, like a poultice, comes to heal the blows of sound. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

An inability to stay quiet is one of the most conspicuous failings of mankind. - Walter Bagehot 

Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time. - Thomas Carlyle

The tree of silence bears the fruit of peace. - Arabian proverb 

Silence is the perfectos herald of joy. I were but little happy if I could say how much. - William Shakespeare 

True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. - William Penn

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

The Pause; that impressive silence, that eloquent silence, that geometrically progressive silence which often achieves a desired effect where no combination of words, however so felicitous, could accomplish it. - Mark Twain

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut. - Sam Rayburn

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say. - Will Durant

Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer. - Muhammad Ali

In silence man can most readily preserve his integrity. - Meister Eckhart



11 Responses to “Silence Quotes”

  1. Laurie Vowels says:

    Hi Shawn, I also have been reading Silence quotes lately, aren’t they great! I have 1 or 2 to add: Silence creates great strength inside our souls when others are speaking. And:
    Her hearing was keener than his, and she heard silences he was unaware of. D.M. Thomas. Thanks for all yours, hope you don’t mind if I note some for myself.

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  2. MANISH GOEL says:

    just great.look like defending me and my feelings.

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  3. Lee says:

    My youngest son is like me he loves the quiet times spent in peaceful thought, as I do. To enjoying the beauty of a sunrise or a sunset; watching the stars and the formation of the galexy at night, sitting by the ocean watching and hearing the sound of the waves roll on in under heavenly night skies. Feel the breeze touch your face, hear the whisper of sounds that evolve in the silence of your evening as you sit and enjoy with each breath that you take.
    In silence we are able to feel with your heart and soul.

    I really love all these quotes my favourite are:

    There are times when silence has the loudest voice. -Leroy Brownlow

    Silence is a source of great strength. -Lao Tzu

    See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…we need silence to be able to touch souls. -Mother Teresa of Calcutta

    Silence is the true friend that never betrays. -Confucius

    Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth. -Mahatma Gandhi

    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The Pause; that impressive silence, that eloquent silence, that geometrically progressive silence which often achieves a desired effect where no combination of words, however so felicitous, could accomplish it. -Mark Twain

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  4. shereene says:

    your thoughts of the day are lovely, keep up the good work

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  5. shereene says:

    Hi I do enjoy the lovely thoughts.

    shereene

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  6. shachi says:

    Hi shawn,

    They are really nice one and most of them can be perfectly implemented on me as I am a very talktive person….

    Thanks,
    Shachi.

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  7. Carol Parker Smith says:

    I really enjoy your thought of the day. They are inspirational and I appreciate all of your time. Have a great day

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  8. David Parrish says:

    There are several twists and turns that must be carefully navigated when considering when to be silent and when to speak. Tyrants depend upon the silence of the public. Thousands upon thousands of Jews we slaughtered in silence. Winston Churchill’s keen observation, “When the eagles are silent the parrots begin to jabber.” is worthy of our consideration. The truly sad thing is that far to often parrots consider themselves to be eagles, and eagles often fail to recognize the value of their words. Thanks Shawn for not keeping all these words silent.

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  9. David Parrish says:

    The word “we” in my remarks was meant to be “were” I hit send before checking, sorry.

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  10. mahima says:

    Hi shawn,

    silence quotes r really awesome…it can also convert a foe into a friend as experienced

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  11. Kajuanna Toler says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed your recent additions.

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