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silence Quotes

89 of the best book quotes about silence
  1. #1
    “Darkness devours every shining day.
    Darkness demands and always has its way.
    Darkness listens, watches, waits.
    Darkness claims the day and celebrates.
    Sometimes in silence darkness comes.
    Sometimes with a gleeful banging of drums.”
  2. #2
    “Silence creates its own violence.”
  3. #3
    Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.
  4. #4
    “Slowly we became silent, and silence itself if an enemy to friendship.”
  5. #5
    “Silence is one of the deepest Disciplines of the Spirit simply because it puts the stopper on all self-justification.”
  6. #6
    “You have a grand gift for silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.”
  7. #7
    “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.”
  8. #8
    “Smeagol promises to Precious, promises faithfully. Never come again, never speak, no never!”
  9. #9
    “‘Rabbit’s clever,’ said Pooh thoughtfully.
    ‘Yes,’ said Piglet, ‘Rabbit’s clever.’
    ‘And he has Brain.’
    ‘Yes,’ said Piglet, ‘Rabbit has Brain.’
    There was a long silence.
    ‘I suppose,’ said Pooh, ‘that that’s why he never understands anything.‘”
  10. #10
    “It is easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say.”
  11. #11
    “What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
  1. #12
    “He says a million things without saying a word. I make a note to study David Petrakis. I have never heard a more eloquent silence.”
  2. #13
    “The rest, is silence.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Hamlet
    concept
    silence
  3. #14
    “Beyond these lifeless sounds the world was silent. Silent? It would be hard to convey the stillness of it. All the sounds of man, the bleating of sheep, the cries of birds, the hum of insects, the stir that makes the background of our lives – all that was over.”
  4. #15
    Not being heard is no reason for silence.
  5. #16
    “We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.”
  6. #17
    “The air was strangely quiet. All the noises of the city were muted here into a distant hum, so unceasing that it seemed to belong to silence.”
  7. #18
    “Into the void of silence, into the empty space of nothing, the joy of life is unfurled.”
  8. #19
    “We learned to lip-read, our heads flat on the beds, turned sideways, watching each other’s mouths. In this way we exchanged names from bed to bed:
    “Alma. Janine. Dolores. Moira. June.”
  9. #20
    “It was the same way with silence. This was more than silence. A deaf person can feel vibrations. Here there was nothing to feel.”
  10. #21
    “When I was supposed to be awake, I was asleep. When I was supposed to sleep, I was silent. When a pleasure offered itself to me, I avoided it.”
  11. #22
    “Read this to yourself. Read it silently.
    Don’t move your lips. Don’t make a sound.
    Listen to yourself. Listen without hearing anything.
    What a wonderfully weird thing, huh?”
  1. #23
    “Monster! thy silence would incense a flint.”
  2. #24
    “We often sit together at my kitchen table. The whole afternoon might go by without our saying a word. If we do talk, we never speak in Yiddish. The words of our childhood became strangers to us—we couldn’t use them in the same way and so we chose not to use them at all. Life demanded a new language.”
  3. #25
    “Judge with logic and reason, but comment not.”
  4. #26
    “I held him close and said nothing, all the while telling him silently that he was loved. Oh, but he was loved.”
  5. #27
    “Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. ”
  6. #28
    “Strained silence, so I deem, Is no less ominous than excessive grief.”
  7. #29
    “Look! Her wedding ring slipped – she had grown so thin. It was she who suffered – but she had nobody to tell.”
  8. #30
    “Reb Saunders sat back slowly in his chair. And from his lips came a soft, tremulous sigh. He was silent for a moment, his eyes wide, dark, brooding, gazing upon his son. He nodded his head once, as if in final acknowledgment of his tortured victory.”
  9. #31
    “Grandma’s house was the last one in town. Next to the row of glads was a woven-wire fence, and on the other side of that a cornfield. On the first nights I’d always lie up in bed, listening to the husky whisper of the dry August corn in the fields. Then on the second night I wouldn’t hear anything.”
  10. #32
    “[My father] taught me with silence. . .to look into myself, to find my own strength, to walk around inside myself in company with my soul. . . . One learns of the pain of others by suffering one’s own pain … by turning inside oneself. . . . It makes us aware of how frail and tiny we are and of how much we must depend upon the Master of the Universe.”
  11. #33
    “If I’d been someone else in a different world I’d’ve done something different, but I was myself and the world was the world, so I was silent.”
  1. #34
    “We reached for each other, and I thought of how many nights I had lain awake loving him in silence.”
  2. #35
    “All of them stood in silence for a moment and looked at HELP ELEANOR COME HOME ELEANOR written in shaky red letters on the wallpaper over Theodora’s bed.”
  3. #36
    “In the nineteenth century the problem was that God is dead; in the twentieth century the problem is that man is dead.”
  4. #37
    “Over increasingly large areas of the United States, spring now comes unheralded by the return of the birds, and the early mornings are strangely silent where once they were filled with the beauty of bird song.”
  5. #38
    “‘Where there is no experience, I believe the wise man is silent.’”
  6. #39
    “Peace! I will stop your mouth.”
  7. #40
    “Your silence most offends me, and to be merry best becomes you.”
  8. #41
    “I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.”
  9. #42
    “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. It talks to me sometimes. I feel myself alive in it. It talks. And I can hear it.”
  10. #43
    “When negative thoughts come, the key is to never verbalize them.”
  11. #44
    “Mafatu wanted to cry out after him: ‘Wait, Kana! I’ll go! I’ll try-‘. But the words would not come. Kana had gone.”
  1. #45
    ″‘See what a fine fisherman is my son! He will be a chief one of these days.’ Only Tavana Nui would be silent. His son had not gone.”
  2. #46
    “The palms, trooping to the edge of the beach, were motionless in the night air. All the world seemed to hold its breath as this boy climbed up out of the sea.”
  3. #47
    “he said: ‘My fate, O King, led me hither, through perils such as few even of the Elves would dare. And here I have found what I sought not indeed, but finding I would possess for ever. For it is above all gold and silver, and beyond all jewels. Neither rock, nor steel, nor the fires of Morgoth, nor all the powers of the Elf-kingdoms, shall keep from me the treasure that I desire. For Luthien your daughter is the fairest of all the Children of the World.’ Then silence fell upon the hall...”
  4. #48
    “But when weariness finally forced him to be silent, he was no longer of use to his tormentors, and they sought amusement elsewhere.”
  5. #49
    “The house is silent now and she feels like a stranger here. ‘This life was never ours,’ she whispers to the dog, who has been following her from room to room, and Luli wags her tail and stares at Miranda with wet brown eyes. ‘We were only ever borrowing it.’”
  6. #50
    “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.”
  7. #51
    “The corridor was silent. It was necessary to walk very slowly, her hand on the wall. A man was curled on his side near the elevators, shivering. She wanted to speak to him, but speaking would take too much strength, so she looked at him instead—I see you, I see you—and hoped this was enough.”
  8. #52
    “When you have something to say, silence is a lie.”
  9. #53
    “Your silence speaks volumes.”
  10. #54
    “There was a silence—a comfortable replete silence. Into that silence came The Voice. Without warning, inhuman, penetrating . . . ‘Ladies and gentlemen! Silence, please! . . . You are charged with the following indictments.‘”
  11. #55
    ″‘Most people don’t know how to appreciate silence. They can’t help talking.”
  1. #56
    “This was a place of deep silence and brooding shadows, and the gods who lived here had no names.”
  2. #57
    “Actually, time is neutral. It can be used either destructively or constructively. I am coming to feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.”
  3. #58
    “But silence, do you hear me? Silence upon the whole subject; and let no one get before us in this design of discovering the center of the earth.”
  4. #59
    “It is eerily terrifying that there is no sound when a heart breaks. Car accidents end with a bang, falling ends with a thud, even writing makes the scratching sound of pencil against paper. But the sound of a heart breaking is completely silent.”
  5. #60
    “The English! They expect you to fight for them but won’t talk to you. Singh. And the ambiguities.”
  6. #61
    For all evils there are two remedies - time and silence.
  7. #62
    “The air was full of all the night noises that, taken together, make one big silence.”
  8. #63
    “For an instant he sat in silent amazement. Then he burst into a hearty laugh.”
  9. #64
    “She said nothing, and Sir Andrew too was silent, yet those two young people understood one another, as young people have a way of doing all the world over, and have done since the world began.”
  10. #65
    Those who kept silent yesterday will remain silent tomorrow.
    author
    Elie Wiesel
    book
    Night
    concept
    silence
  11. #66
    Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
    author
    Elie Wiesel
    book
    Night
    concept
    silence

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  1. #67
    “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.”
  2. #68
    “Bowman could bear no more. He jerked out the last unit, and Hal was silent forever.”
  3. #69
    “She was inside this silence and she was safe. ”
  4. #70
    “Silence is the simple stillness of the individual under the Word of God… Silence is nothing else but waiting for God’s Word and coming from God’s Word with a blessing.”
  5. #71
    “The world was so silent. There was a barrier between me and the world, and I thought for a moment that the world had never wanted me and now it was taking the opportunity to get rid of me.”
  6. #72
    “Most people have no idea that tragedy and silence often have the exact same address.”
  7. #73
    “The silence was an intense roar.”
  8. #74
    ″‘The most intelligent of creatures,’ he offers softly, ‘often make the fewest sounds.‘”
  9. #75
    “Before now, and for quite some time, we maintained our decorum and suffered in silence whatever you men did, because you wouldn’t let us make a sound.”
  10. #76
    “They knew their voices broke a silence of a thousand million years, the silence of wind and leaves and wind, blowing and ceasing and blowing again.”
  11. #77
    “If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”
  1. #78
    “The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of the opinion is, that it is robbing the human race.”
  2. #79
    “Music is pleasing not only because of the sound but because of the silence that is in it: without the alternation of sound and silence there would be no rhythm.”
  3. #80
    “By the time she reached her fifties, she was ageless—and, with her constant silence, her upright figure and her measured gestures, she seemed like a woman made out of wood, a kind of automaton that moved without thinking. ”
  4. #81
    “I’ve excluded happiness as one of those possibilities we seek for ourselves. Oh, I still want it, but that’s beside the point. Contentment - they say it’s the ultimate, but I can’t even wish for that. I don’t even want the desire to be content. I can only hope for silence.”
  5. #82
    “Real love is silent as well as blind.”
  6. #83
    ″... we had taken his silence as a sort of encouragement; necessarily, then, this talk of his was a disappointment to us, for it showed we had made no impression upon him... we knew then how the missionary must feel when he has been cherishing a glad hope and has seen it blighted.”
  7. #84
    “My mom told me that I should trust the man who could see the sorrow behind my smile, the love behind my anger, and the reasons behind my silence.”
  8. #85
    “I wanted to be able to tell you the exact moment I fell in love with you. But I can’t do that.”
    “You can’t?” A pin could have dropped in the grass and it would have been heard in that moment as everyone grew perfectly silent to listen for his reply.”
  9. #86
    “A wise man is not showy about his wisdom; he guards it carefully. He is silent when he comes to a stranger’s home. The wise man seldom wanders into harm, for you can never have a more faithful friend than a good supply of wisdom.”
  10. #87
    “The two families rode in silence through the deserted streets to the field he warned, ‘Remember not a word from any of you.’ The guard recognized him as the chief test pilot for the new spaceship. ‘My family and some friends are coming down to watch me take off,’ he told the guard.”
  11. #88
    “At the bottom of the steps she stands waiting, with a smile of ineffable joy, an attitude of matchless grace and dignity. [...] As he is about to clasp her he feels a stunning blow upon the back of the neck; a blinding white light blazes all about him with a sound like a the shock of a cannon - then all is darkness and silence!”
  12. #89
    “Now, Daisy, I want us to work out a signal system of communication. When I elbow you real hard in the face, that means: shut up.”

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