Quotations About / On: SILENCE
Silence alone is respectable and respected. I believe God to be silence.
(Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. Letter, January 27, 1905, to Margaret Chanler. Letters, Vol. 2, p. 445, ed. Worthington Chauncy Ford, Houghton Mifflin (1938).)
Speech is better than silence; silence is better than speech.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Nominalist and Realist," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
Life became a pregnant silence, but it was understood that the silence was to lead nowhere.
(John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The System.")
I shall assume that your silence gives consent.
(Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Cratylus, 435 B....)
Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.
(Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. author. "The Aesthetics of Silence," (1967).)
Silence is safer than speech.
(Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Enchiridion, XXXV, 10.)
Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
(Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970), French general, president. Quoted in André Maurois, "The Art of Leadership," The Art of Living (1940).)
Their very silence is a loud cry.
(Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. I, 21.)
Silence is the most intolerable of answers.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
Silence is the best response to mystery.
(Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 3 (1993).)