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Quotations About / On: SILENCE

  • 1.
    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).)
  • 2.
    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).)
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  • 3.
    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.")
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  • 4.
    I shall assume that your silence gives consent.
    (Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Cratylus, 435 B....)
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  • 5.
    Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.
    (Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. author. "The Aesthetics of Silence," (1967).)
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  • 6.
    Silence is safer than speech.
    (Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Enchiridion, XXXV, 10.)
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  • 7.
    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).)
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  • 8.
    Their very silence is a loud cry.
    (Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. I, 21.)
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  • 9.
    Silence is the most intolerable of answers.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
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  • 10.
    Silence is the best response to mystery.
    (Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 3 (1993).)
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