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Quotations The Best Quotes About Silence  

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A list of the best silence quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous silence quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic silence quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational silence quotes from that same writer.

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Silence is one of the great arts of conversation. Cicero

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Words can sting like anything, but silence breaks the heart. Phyllis McGinley

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Silence is the universal refuge, the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts, a balm to our every chagrin, as welcome after satiety as after disappointment; that background which the painter may not daub, be he master or bungler, and which, however awkward a figure we may have made in the foreground, remains ever our inviolable asylum, where no indignity can assail, no personality can disturb us. Henry David Thoreau

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The tree of silence bears the fruit of peace.

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Silence is the ultimate weapon of power. Charles de Gaulle

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Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence. The great Sufi poet Rumi wrote, Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being. Deepak Chopra

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Silence is never more golden than when you hold it long enough to get all the facts before you speak.

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Keep your mouth closed until your mind is in gear.

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You are a slave to what you do say, a master of what you don't say.

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Silence is more eloquent than words. Thomas Carlyle

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

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I don't know whether to keep silent and let people think I am ignorant or open my mouth and release all doubts.

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

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Silence is the mother of truth. Benjamin Disraeli

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The man who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. Elbert Hubbard

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

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Not to ask is not be denied. John Dryden

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Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish. Charles Caleb Colton

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Silence is the true friend that never betrays. Confucius

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Speech is of time, silence is of eternity. Thomas Carlyle

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Sometimes silence is not golden -- just yellow.

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He knew the precise psychological moment when to say nothing. Oscar Wilde

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rss230420 added it's better to break your silence if its valuable than not breaking it....-Rajan singh

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I went down with the ship but I kept my mouth shut so I didn't drown like the rest of them.

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The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence; not in silence, but restraint.

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

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Silence implies consent.

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The silent dog is the first to bite.

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Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn. George Bernard Shaw

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Silence is the virtue of fools. Francis Bacon

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Sticks and stones are hard on bones aimed with angry art. Words can sting like anything but silence breaks the heart. Phyllis McGinley

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Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute. Josh Billings

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Consider the whale: It never gets into trouble until it comes up and starts spouting.

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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

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Those that are silent profess consent.

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From politics it was an easy step to silence. Jane Austen

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A silent mouth is melodious.

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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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Still waters run deep.

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If you keep your mouth shut you will never put your foot in it. Austin O'Malley

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'Tis best to be silent in a bad cause. Ovid

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My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. Edith Sitwell

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If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it. Calvin Coolidge

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Silence may be golden, but can you think of a better way to entertain someone than to listen to him? Brigham Young

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Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. -- Proverbs 17:28

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Learn taciturnity and let that be your motto! Robert Burns

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Silence is the unbearable repartee. G. K. Chesterton

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

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Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage. Publilius Syrus

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In every sound sleeps the silence. Dejan Stojanović