Silence Quotes


Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.

Friendship    Love    Peace    Silence    Soul    Zen

We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is the great paradox.

The Notebook

Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook

Your silence will not protect you.

I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity.

I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.

The Chosen

Chaim Potok

The Chosen

Silence is so freaking loud

Just Listen

Sarah Dessen

Just Listen

I don't want to be married just to be married. I can't think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can't talk to, or worse, someone I can't be silent with.

I don't think..." then you shouldn't talk, said the Hatter.

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland

We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.

Dawn    Light    Silence

When I pronounce the word Future,
the first syllable already belongs to the past.
When I pronounce the word Silence,
I destroy it.

Poems New and Collected

Wisława Szymborska

Poems New and Collected

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.

I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.

Tropic of Cancer

Henry Miller

Tropic of Cancer

God is silent. Now if only man would shut up.

God    Humor    Mankind    Silence

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

Hobbies    Music    Reading    Silence

Does not everything depend on our interpretation of the silence around us?

Justine

Lawrence Durrell

Justine

He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.

When truth is replaced by silence,the silence is a lie.

Censorship    Lies    Lying    Silence    Truth

How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.

The Waves (Annotated)

Virginia Woolf

The Waves (Annotated)

Words can be twisted into any shape. Promises can be made to lull the heart and seduce the soul. In the final analysis, words mean nothing. They are labels we give things in an effort to wrap our puny little brains around their underlying natures, when ninety-nine percent of the time the totality of the reality is an entirely different beast. The wisest man is the silent one. Examine his actions. Judge him by them.

Actions    Labels    Promises    Reality    Silence    Soul    Truth    Words

Silence is a source of Great Strength.

You have a grand gift for silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.

The true genius shudders at incompleteness — imperfection — and usually prefers silence to saying the something which is not everything that should be said.

Marginalia

Edgar Allan Poe

Marginalia

Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven't the answer to a question you've been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you're alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.

Alone    Quiet    Silence

Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.

I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you.... What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language."
I began to ask each time: "What's the worst that could happen to me if I tell this truth?" Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, "disappeared" or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.
Next time, ask: What's the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it's personal. And the world won't end.
And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don't miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." And at last you'll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.

As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck

Seeing her sitting there unresponsive makes me realize that silence has a sound.

My Sister's Keeper

Jodi Picoult

For now she need not think of anybody. She could be herself, by herself. And that was what now she often felt the need of - to think; well not even to think. To be silent; to be alone. All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others... and this self having shed its attachments was free for the strangest adventures.

On the fifth day, which was a Sunday, it rained very hard. I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.

You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No.

Talk, talk, talk: the utter and heartbreaking stupidity of words.

Mosquitoes

William Faulkner

Mosquitoes
Fool    Silence    Stupidity    Talking    Words

Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. - Amir

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner
Life    Quiet    Silence    Tranquility

Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.

100 Love Sonnets

Pablo Neruda

100 Love Sonnets
Atmosphere    June    Light    Love poetry    Poetry    Silence    Summer

Lying is done with words, and also with silence.

Dishonesty    Lies    Silence    Words

I said nothing for a time, just ran my fingertips along the edge of the human-shaped emptiness that had been left inside me.

You gotta be careful: don't say a word to nobody about nothing anytime ever.

Careful    Funny    Silence    Talking

and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid
So it is better to speak
remembering
we were never meant to survive

Afraid    Fear    Poem    Silence    Speaking of    Survival    Survivors

I have never heard a more eloquent silence.

Staying silent is like a slow growing cancer to the soul and a trait of a true coward. There is nothing intelligent about not standing up for yourself. You may not win every battle. However, everyone will at least know what you stood for—YOU.

Silence is pure and holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking.

The Notebook

Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook

If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.

In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.

If you can sit in silence with a person for half an hour and yet be entirely comfortable, you and that person can be friends. If you cannot, friends you'll never be and you need not waste time in trying.

The Blue Castle

L.M. Montgomery

The Blue Castle

It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie.

Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.

It is always assumed by the empty-headed, who chatter about themselves for want of something better, that people who do not discuss their affairs openly must have something to hide.

Such silence has an actual sound, the sound of disappearance.

Silence makes idiots seem wise even for a minute.

The Angel's Game

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Angel's Game

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