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

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

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

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Not to ask is not be denied. John Dryden

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Silence is the mother of truth. Benjamin Disraeli

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Silence is the true friend that never betrays. Confucius

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Sometimes silence is not golden -- just yellow.

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

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

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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.