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.")
Words are sharp but silence can be sharper.
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).)