20 Quotes on Silence

Is silence louder than speaking? Read these famous quotes.

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Silence - can it help you get your point across better than speaking?  See what these famous people had to say about the virtue of silence. 

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. - Chaim Potok, The Chosen

Silence is a source of great strength. - Lao Tzu

 Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. -  Leonardo da Vinci

 Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact. - George Eliot, Impressions of Theophrastus Such

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. - Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Silence is a true friend who never betrays. - Confucius 

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. - Francis Bacon 

Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer. - Muhammad Ali 

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

Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men's imperfections, and conceal your own. - George Bernard Shaw 

Silence is a text easy to misread. - A. A. Attanasio, The Eagle and the Sword

Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.  - Abraham Lincoln

He who does not know how to be silent will not know how to speak. - Ausonius

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

I have found out in the course of a long public life that the things I did not say never hurt me. - Calvin Coolidge

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. - Max Ehrmann, Desiderata

The saying is true "The empty vessel makes the greatest sound." - William Shakespeare, Henry V  (Act IV, scene 4)

There are times when silence is the best way to yell at the top of your voice. - O. A. Battista

Speech is of time, silence is of eternity. - Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus

Be silent and safe—silence never betrays you. - John Boyle O'Reilly, Rules of the Road



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