Quotes about Silence

by Jo-Ann Downey

in Inspiration

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∞ “Do not speak unless you can improve the silence.”  Proverb

∞ “Silence is as deep as eternity; speech, shallow as time.”  Thomas Carlyle

∞ “Silence is the mother of truth.”  Benjamin Disraeli

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

∞ “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 a fence around wisdom.”  German Proverb

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

∞ “Nothing is more useful than silence.”  Menander of Athens

∞ “Silence is a sounding thing. To one who listens hungrily.”  Gwendolyn Bennett

∞ “I have often regretted my speech, but never my silence.” Publilius Syrus

∞ “True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” William Penn

For some thoughts on the power of silence, see “Silence is Golden…and Pauses are Too.”

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