Silence quotes

  • And silence sounds no worse than cheers After earth has stopped the ears.
    -- A. E. Housman

    #Cheer #Silence #Sound

  • Quiet descended, a silence so consuming that even the drafty corridors ceased whistling. Bog wasn't certain where to look, so he solved the problem by plucking out his eyes and sticking them in a drawer.
    -- A. Lee Martinez

    #Eye #Silence #Looks

  • When something important is going on, silence is a lie.
    -- A. M. Rosenthal

    #Lying #Silence #Important

  • Only silence perfects silence.
    -- A. R. Ammons


  • Silence is a text easy to misread.
    -- A.A. Attanasio

    #Silence #Easy #Silence Is

  • But, I don't know, the violence, I can't even talk about. We don't do a lot of violent shows. When I started in television, breaking a pencil was a violent act.
    -- Aaron Spelling

    #Silence #Television #Violence

  • Hello Rush," she said, breaking the silence. The sound of her voice almost sent me to my knees. God, I'd missed her voice. "Blaire," I managed to say, terrified that I'd scare her away just by speaking.
    -- Abbi Glines

    #Voice #Silence #Scare

  • As the music played over the speakers and the waterfall in the pool filled the silence around us, I knew that without a doubt I had just been ruined.
    -- Abbi Glines

    #Silence #Doubt #Waterfalls

  • Wherever I am, I see the yoke on women in some form or another. On some it sits easy for they are but beasts of burden. On others pride hushes them to silence; no complaint is made for they scorn pity or sympathy. On some it galls and chafes; they feel assured by every instinct of their nature that they were designed for a higher, nobler calling than to 'drag life's lengthening chain along.
    -- Abby May Alcott

    #Pride #Silence #Yoke

  • Love, Mercy, and Grace, sisters all, attend your wounds of silence and hope.
    -- Aberjhani

    #Silence #Grace #Mercy

  • And yet the world we live in-its divisions and conflicts, its widening gap between rich and poor, its seemingly inexplicable outbursts of violence-is shaped far less by what we celebrate and mythologize than by the painful events we try to forget. Leopold's Congo is but one of those silences of history.
    -- Adam Hochschild

    #Silence #Trying #Events

  • These be Three silent things: The Falling snow. . . the hour Before the dawn. . . the mouth of one Just dead.
    -- Adelaide Crapsey

    #Fall #Snow #Silence

  • I am in total silence when I write - I don't even like the sound of the dryer going - I like the quiet.
    -- Adriana Trigiani

    #Writing #Silence #Sound

  • Every poem breaks a silence that had to be overcome.
    -- Adrienne Rich

    #Silence #Overcoming #Break

  • All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something more or better or different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are.
    -- Adyashanti

    #Silence #Meditation #Different

  • In the end it’s all very simple. Either we give ourselves to Silence or we don’t.
    -- Adyashanti

    #Simple #Giving #Silence

  • There's a great space in which this moment takes place. There's a great silence that is listening to the thoughts.
    -- Adyashanti

    #Space #Silence #Listening

  • When you inquire 'Who am I?' if you are honest, you'll notice that it takes you right back to silence instantly. The brain doesn't have an answer, so all of a sudden there is silence.
    -- Adyashanti

    #Silence #Brain #Answers

  • This awake silence is available to anyone in this moment. All you have to do is stop using your mind to look for it. It doesn't know where to find it.
    -- Adyashanti

    #Silence #Mind #Looks

  • I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence.
    -- Aeschylus

    #Silence #Speech #Misery

  • We can't stand the silence because silence includes thinking. And if we thought, we would have to face ourselves.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Thinking #Silence #Faces

  • I love 'Breathless,' and 'Paris, Texas,' and 'Badlands.' I was obsessed with those films in my teens. I remember watching 'Badlands' and being amazed that there were these scenes in which nobody said anything and the silence told the whole story.
    -- Agyness Deyn

    #Texas #Paris #Silence

  • Silence is full of the unspoken, of deeds undone, of confessions to secret love, and of wonders not expressed. Our truth is hidden in our silence, Yours and I.
    -- Ahmad Shamloo

    #Silence #Secret Love #Deeds

  • To expose our hearts to truth and consistently refuse or neglect to obey the impulses it arouses is to stymie the motions of life within us and, if persisted in, to grieve the Holy Spirit into silence.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Heart #Grieving #Silence

  • Poetic knowledge is born in the great silence of scientific knowledge.
    -- Aime Cesaire

    #Silence #Poetic #Born

  • I always believed that my silence on several topics will be an advantage in the long run.
    -- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

    #Running #Long #Silence

  • Silence is so much more productive of wisdom and clarity in thinking.
    -- Ajahn Brahm

    #Freedom #Thinking #Silence

  • My first college roommate greeted me with a shocked silence followed by, 'So. . .you're black.
    -- Al Roker

    #College #Silence #Black

  • Silence dies, clamor takes the power everywhere
    -- Alain Finkielkraut

    #Silence #Clamor

  • When I'm off the road, my husband and I recharge our batteries. It's a day of deep rest and connection with the spiritual, and that can be anything - going for a walk in nature, being in silence, burning incense.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Spiritual #Husband #Silence

  • I've always been the king of silence. I've always been a minimalist comedian. I've taken my influence from Jack Benny, who was the king of that I've always done 'less is more.'
    -- Albert Brooks

    #Kings #Taken #Silence

  • We [Raymond and Meursault] stared at each other without blinking, and everything came to a stop there between the sea, the sand, and the sun, and the double silence of the flute and the water. It was then that I realized that you could either shoot or not shoot.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Sea #Water #Silence

  • I knew that I had shattered the harmony of the day, the exceptional silence of a beach where I'd been happy. Then I fired four more times at the motionless body where the bullets lodged without leaving a trace. And it was like knocking four quick times on the door of unhappiness.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Beach #Doors #Silence

  • It is in the thick of calamity that one gets hardened to the truth - in other words, to silence.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Silence #Calamity #Hardened

  • I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in the silence, and the truth comes to me.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Thinking #Silence #Swim

  • The greatest triumphs of propoganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Views #Silence #Triumph

  • Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects... totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Truth #Views #Silence

  • Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Freedom #Views #Silence

  • Having to talk destroys the symphony of silence.
    -- Aleister Crowley

    #Symphony #Silence

  • In horror movies today its lots of fast cut shot and lots of loud noises on the soundtrack. I tried to do the opposite. Playing with silence for instance.
    -- Alejandro Amenabar

    #Cutting #Opposites #Silence

  • When I was a young person I went to the university and I learned a rational language, to think with the left side of the brain. But in the right side of the brain you have intuition and imagination. Words are not the truth; they indicate the way to go, but you need to go alone, in silence. Symbols have a language that kills the words.
    -- Alejandro Jodorowsky

    #Thinking #Imagination #Silence

  • Say the sea. Say the sea. Say the sea. So that perhaps a drop of that magic may wander through time, and something might find it, and save it before it disappears forever. Say the sea. Because it's what we have left. Because faced by the sea, we without crosses, without magic, we must still have a weapon, something, so as not to die in silence, that's all.
    -- Alessandro Baricco

    #Sea #Forever #Silence

  • It's very important in life to know when to shut up. You should not be afraid of silence.
    -- Alex Trebek

    #Inspirational #Silence #Important

  • Silence! coeval with eternity! thou wert ere Nature's self began to be; thine was the sway ere heaven was formed on earth, ere fruitful thought conceived creation's birth.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Self #Silence #Heaven

  • Be silent always when you doubt your sense.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Silence #Doubt #Silent

  • My garden, with its silence and pulses of fragrance that come and go on the airy undulations, affects me like sweet music. Care stops at the gates, and gazes at me wistfully through the bars.
    -- Alexander Smith

    #Sweet #Garden #Silence

  • I suppose he'll just have to do," she amended. "You'll have to suffer in silence with your male model...I feel for you." "Oh, stop it, Molly.
    -- Alexandra Adornetto

    #Silence #Suffering #Males

  • For all evils there are two remedies - time and silence.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Two #Evil #Silence

  • The word 'listen' contains the same letters as the word 'silent.'
    -- Alfred Brendel

    #Silence #Letters #Silent

  • Silence... is the essence of the music itself, the vital ingredient that makes it possible for the music to exist at all.
    -- Alfred Brendel

    #Essence #Silence #Ingredients

  • Silence ought also to be the core of each concert. Remember the anagram: listen = silent.
    -- Alfred Brendel

    #Silence #Remember #Silent

  • Alas, everything that men say to one another is alike; the ideas they exchange are almost always the same, in their conversation. But inside all those isolated machines, what hidden recesses, what secret compartments! It is an entire world that each one carries within him, an unknown world that is born and dies in silence! What solitudes all these human bodies are!
    -- Alfred de Musset

    #Men #Ideas #Silence

  • The mouth keeps silent to hear the heart speak.
    -- Alfred de Musset

    #Heart #Silence #Mouths

  • Only silence is great; all else is weakness.
    -- Alfred de Vigny

    #Silence #Weakness #Silence Is

  • Silence alone is great; all else is feebleness . . . Perform with all your heart your long and heavy task. . . . Then as do I, say naught, but suffer and die.
    -- Alfred de Vigny

    #Heart #Long #Silence

  • The applause of silence. is the only kind that counts.
    -- Alfred Jarry

    #Silence #Kind #Applause

  • Peace is not the silence of cemeteries, but the song of social justice.
    -- Alfred-Maurice de Zayas

    #Song #Justice #Silence

  • For words divide and rend But silence is most noble till the end.
    -- Algernon Charles Swinburne

    #Silence #Noble #Till The End

  • Silence is the best reply to a fool.
    -- Ali ibn Abi Talib

    #Silence #Fool #Silence Is

  • Surely silence can sometimes be the most eloquent reply.
    -- Ali ibn Abi Talib

    #Islamic #Silence #Sometimes

  • If it's total freedom, I guess the ultimate thing you can go into is total silence between the audience and performer, with the performer projecting something he doesn't even have to play.
    -- Alice Cooper

    #Play #Silence #Audience

  • Silences, as every observer knows, have strange characteristics all their own - passionate silences, and hateful silences, and silences full of friendly, purring content.
    -- Alice Duer Miller

    #Silence #Friendly #Passionate

  • Silence is so steadfast, you know. It is so ample, after all.
    -- Alice Fulton

    #Silence #Steadfast #Silence Is

  • When I talked to my medical friends about the strange silence on this subject in American medical magazines and textbooks, I gained the impression that here was a subject tainted with Socialism or with feminine sentimentality for the poor.
    -- Alice Hamilton

    #Silence #Textbooks #Magazines

  • In this noisy, restless, bewildering age, there is a great need for quietness of spirit. Even in our communion with God we are so busy presenting our problems, asking for help, seeking relief that we leave no moments of silence to listen for God's answers. By practice we can learn to submerge our spirits beneath the turbulent surface waves of life and reach that depth of our being where all is still, where no storms can reach us. Here only can we forget the material world and its demands on us.
    -- Alice Hegan Rice

    #Asking For Help #Practice #Silence

  • The unhappiest moment I could never tell you. All our fights blend into each other and are in fact re-enactments of the same fight, in which we punish each other--I with words, Hugh with silence--for being each other. We never needed any more than that.
    -- Alice Munro

    #Fighting #Silence #Facts

  • no person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended. Or who belittles in any fashion the gifts you labor so to bring into the world.
    -- Alice Walker

    #Friendship #Fashion #Silence

  • New York lesson 1 - never look lost. Lesson 2 - forget hallowed silences. It's the right of all Americans to talk at the tops of their voices.
    -- Alison Fell

    #New York #Voice #Silence

  • Too many doubts grow in the cracks of silence and separation.
    -- Alison Goodman

    #Silence #Doubt #Cracks

  • We can lie in the language of dress or try ot tell the truth; but unless we are naked and bald, it is impossible to be silent.
    -- Alison Lurie

    #Women #Lying #Silence

  • Among friends one has the privilege of saying nothing; the civility consists in the assumption that one's silence will be civilly understood. I can imagine a small gathering of friends who say nothing all evening: they recoil from saying anything that the others don't want to hear; and their silence would be the subtlest courtesy.
    -- Allen Tate

    #Friendship #Silence #Want

  • There's a power that comes with silence. I had grown to fear the unsaid thing. So it felt like a release to say it-to admit that the risk wasn't just inside our walls-it was inside my skin. I was willing to claw, scratch, and bleed until I'd found it.
    -- Ally Carter

    #Wall #Silence #Risk

  • Silence and simplicity obtrude on no one, but are yet two unequaled attractions in woman.
    -- Alphonse de Lamartine

    #Two #Silence #Simplicity

  • Silence,--the applause of real and durable impressions.
    -- Alphonse de Lamartine

    #Real #Silence #Applause

  • To be silent when we are impelled to utter words injurious to God or to our neighbour, is an act of virtue; but, to be silent in confessing our sins, is the ruin of the soul.
    -- Alphonsus Liguori

    #Silence #Soul #Ruins

  • In some causes silence is dangerous.
    -- Ambrose

    #Silence #Causes #Dangerous

  • Bore, n. A person who talks when you wish him to listen.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Boredom #Silence #Listening

  • Death is a dignitary who when he comes announced is received with formal manifestations of respect, even by those most familiar with him. In the code of military etiquette silence and fixity are forms of deference
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Military #Silence #Form

  • Truth can be outraged by silence quite as cruelly as by speech.
    -- Amelia Barr

    #Ignorance #Silence #Speech

  • Silence is the language of Om. We need silence to be able to reach our Self. Both internal and external silence is very important to feel the presence of that supreme Love.
    -- Amit Ray

    #Self #Silence #Important

  • We had forgotten the art of using silence to convey emotions in our films and that's what you seem to have mastered. You've used silence to great advantage in the film. It's brilliant.
    -- Amitabh Bachchan

    #Art #Silence #Emotion

  • I know nothing of this silence except that it lies outside the reach of my intelligence, beyond words - that is why this silence must win, must inevitably defeat me, because it is not a presence at all.
    -- Amitav Ghosh

    #Lying #Winning #Silence

  • Time is one's best friend, teaching best of all the wisdom of silence.
    -- Amos Bronson Alcott

    #Time #Teaching #Silence

  • Where the dance of Meera and the silence of Buddha meet, blossoms the true philosophy of Rajneesh.
    -- Amrita Pritam

    #Philosophy #Silence

  • Go to where the silence is and say something.
    -- Amy Goodman

    #Inspiring #Imagination #Silence

  • Independent media can go to where the silence is and break the sound barrier, doing what the corporate networks refuse to do.
    -- Amy Goodman

    #Independent #Media #Silence

  • Go where there is silence and say something.
    -- Amy Goodman


  • I love your silences, they are like mine. You are the only being before whom I am not distressed by my own silences. You have a vehement silence, one feels it is charged with essences, it is a strangely alive silence, like a trap open over a well, from which one can hear the secret murmur of the earth itself.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Essence #Silence #Secret

  • I love your silences, they are like mine.
    -- Anais Nin


  • It is my secrecy which makes you unhappy, my evasions, my silences. And so I have found a solution. Whenever you get desperate with my mysteries, my ambiguities, here is a set of Chinese puzzle boxes. You have always said that I was myself a Chinese puzzle box. When you are in the mood and I baffle your love of confidences, your love of openness, your love of sharing experiences, then open one of the boxes. And in it you will find a story, a story about me and my life. Do you like this idea? Do you think it will help us to live together?
    -- Anais Nin

    #Thinking #Ideas #Silence

  • When the conspiracy of lies surrounding me demands of me to silence the one word of truth given to me, that word becomes the one word I wish to utter above all others.
    -- André Brink

    #Lying #Silence #Wish

  • One of the greatest sounds of them all-and to me it is a sound-is utter, complete silence.
    -- Andre Kostelanetz

    #Silence #Sound

  • We listen too much to the telephone and we listen too little to nature. The wind is one of my sounds. A lonely sound, perhaps, but soothing. Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for-sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive, or quiet and calm... As a matter of fact, one of the greatest sounds of them all-and to me it is a sound-is utter, complete silence.
    -- Andre Kostelanetz

    #Lonely #Wind #Silence

  • Even in the most beautiful music, there are some silences, which are there so we can witness the importance of silence. Silence is more important than ever, as life today is full of noise. We speak a lot about environmental pollution but not enough about noise pollution.
    -- Andrea Bocelli

    #Music #Beautiful #Silence

  • Even in the most beautiful music there are some silences, which are there so we can witness the importance of silence.
    -- Andrea Bocelli

    #Beautiful #Silence #Importance

  • .. every single corner and aspect of our lives, every single choice, will be different if we take the invitation of this [Rumi's] poetry to act from the Divine Center of Silence and allow the glory of the Presence to soak our every movement.
    -- Andrew Harvey

    #Choices #Silence #Different

  • There are no solutions to life, but there is an experience of wholeness, of bliss, of being, of the deathlessness of the Divine Self, of Silence in all its multifacted, diamond splendor that heals all grief, all wounds, all questions.
    -- Andrew Harvey

    #Grief #Self #Silence

  • We're all torn between the desire for privacy and the fear of lonliness. We need each other and we need to get away from each other. We need proximity and distance, conversation and silence. We almost always get more of each than we want at any one time.
    -- Andy Rooney

    #Distance #Silence #Desire

  • The denial of our duty to act in this case is a denial of our right to act; and if we have no right to act, then may we well be termed the white slaves of the North, for like our brethren in bonds, we must seal our lips in silence and despair.
    -- Angelina Grimke

    #White #Silence #Despair

  • I'm sounding out the silence, avoiding all the words.
    -- Ani DiFranco

    #Expression #Silence #Avoiding