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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

"Silence is the true friend that never betrays."

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

"Silence is a source of great strength."
Lao Tzu

"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."
Henry David Thoreau

"Accustomed to the veneer of noise, to the shibboleths of promotion, public relations, and market research, society is suspicious of those who value silence."
John Lahr

"The Arctic expresses the sum of all wisdom:  Silence."
Walter Bauer

"Soon silence will have passed into legend.  Man has turned his back on silence.  Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation... tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides.  His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation."
Jean Arp

"I have often lamented that we cannot close our ears with as much ease as we can our eyes."
Richard Steele

"Nowadays most men lead lives of noisy desperation."
James Thurber

"Now all my teachers are dead except silence."
W.S. Merwin

"The silence depressed me.  It wasn't the silence of silence.  It was my own silence."
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

"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."
André Kostelanetz

"All noise is waste.  So cultivate quietness in your speech, in your thoughts, in your emotions. Speak habitually low.  Wait for attention and then you low words will be charged with dynamite."
Elbert Hubbard

"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

"God's poet is silence!  His song is unspoken
And yet so profound, and so loud, and so far,
That it thrills you and fills you in measures unbroken—
The unceasing song of the first morning star...."
Joaquin Miller, The True Poet

"Silence is a fence around wisdom."
German Proverb

"The silent man is the best to listen to."
Japanese Proverb

"Silence is as deep as eternity; speech, shallow as time."
Thomas Carlyle

"You hesitate to stab me with a word, and know not - silence is the sharper sword."
Samuel Johnson

"Silence is medication for sorrow."
Arab Proverb

"To silence another, first be silent yourself. "
Latin Proverb

"Silence was never written down."
Italian Proverb

"Silence is exhilarating at first - as noise is - but there is a sweetness to silence outlasting exhilaration, akin to the sweetness of listening and the velvet of sleep."
Edward Hoagland

"You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind."
Sri Sathya Sai Baba

"Not merely an absence of noise, Real Silence begins when a reasonable being withdraws from the noise in order to find peace and order in his inner sanctuary."
Peter Minard

"Silence is a text easy to misread."
A.A. Attanasio

"Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose."
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

"Our greatest gift is the thunder of Silence."
Joel Goldsmith

"Silence is more musical than any song."
Christina Rossetti

"Nothing is more useful than silence."
Menander of Athens

"Good as is discourse, silence is better and shames it."

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Circles

"He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words."
Elbert Hubbard

"All my days have I grown up among the Sages and I have found naught better for a man than silence."
Rabban Gamaliel

"Silence is a sounding thing, to one who listens hungrily."
Gwendolyn Bennett

"Silence is the mother of truth."
Benjamin Disraeli

"What shall I say to you?  What can I say better than silence is?"
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The deepest rivers make least din, the silent soule doth most abound in care."
William Alexander

"Honk if you hate noise pollution."
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"Her hearing was keener than his, and she heard silences he was unaware of."
D.M. Thomas

"We must have reasons for speech but we need none for silence."

"Noise:  a stench in the ear."
Ambrose Bierce

"If he who does not know kept silent, discord would cease."

"There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace.  You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub."
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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

"Keep watch over your mouth, lest it bring you to grief."
Ahiqar the Assyrian

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

"If you can't get quiet enough to hear yourself, your life is too loud."
Terri Guillemets

"Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts."
Margaret Lee Runbeck

"Let me silent be,
For silence is the speech of love,
The music of the spheres above."
Richard Henry Stoddard

"The best answer to anger is silence. "
Author Unknown

"The primary virtue is: hold your tongue; who knows how to keep quiet is close to God."

"Some days, we just need to turn the quiet up."
Dr. SunWolf

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

"Words can make a deeper scar than silence can heal."

"True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found."
Regina Malabago

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

"What I am looking an immobile movement, something which would be the equivalent of what  is called the eloquence of silence, or what St. John of the Cross, I think it was, described with the term 'mute music'."
Joan Miro

"After silence, that which comes closest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
Aldous Huxley

"I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind: yet, strangely I am ungrateful to those teachers."
khalil Gabran

"Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and learn that everything in life has purpose.  There are no mistakes, no coincidences.  All events are blessings given to us to learn from."
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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

"A man is known by the silence he keeps."
Oliver Herford

"The temple of our purest thoughts is silence."

"Saying nothing sometimes says the most."
Emily Dickinson

"A properly kept silence is a beautiful thing.  It is nothing less than the father of very wise thoughts."

"Words are made of silver, but silence is made of gold."
Poruguese Proverb

"Silence is the genius of fools and one of the virtues of the wise."
Bernard de Bonnard

"Quiet people have the loudest minds."
Stephen Hawking

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