Silence Quotes

Most popular silence quotes

It is better either to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence.
Silence is also speech.
— African proverb

African proverbs proverbs

Great souls endure in silence.


Silence is the door of consent.
— African proverb

African proverbs proverbs

Silence is the virtue of fools.
The highest applause is silence.


In quiet places, reason abounds.
Men of few words are the best men.


Silence is the unbearable repartee.
Silence is true wisdom's best reply.


May my silence become more accurate.

food for thought

Silence is more eloquent than words.
Silence is one great art of conversation.


Silence is a true friend who never betrays.
Be silent or speak something worth hearing.
Silence is the safety zone of conversation.


Sometimes you have to be silent to be heard.
There is no reply so sharp as silent contempt.
Silence is argument carried out by other means.
Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.
Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
Silence was the first prayer I learned to trust.
The innocent is the person who explains nothing.
Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.

eloquence proverbs

Silences have a climax, when you have got to speak.
There are times when silence has the loudest voice.
The applause of silence is the only kind that counts.


Well-timed silence is the most commanding expression.

communication timing

Silent men, like still waters, are deep and dangerous.
Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.
Silence is one of the hardest kind of arguments to refute.


Silence, along with modesty, is a great aid to conversation.

conversation modesty

Silence is still a marvelous language that has few initiates.
I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.
And silence, like a poultice, comes
To heal the blows of sound.
Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves.
My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music and silence.


Fools live to regret their words, wise men to regret their silence.

action wisdom

Hospitality consists in a little fire, a little food and an immense quiet.
Some people talk because they think sound is more manageable than silence.
I like the silent church before the service begins better than any preaching.
Thought works in silence, so does virtue.  One might erect statues to silence.
Silence is a figure of speech, unanswerable, short, cold, but terribly severe.

figurative language

Many a time have I wanted to stop talking and find out what I really believed.
Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.


Nothing so stirs a man's conscience or excites his curiosity as a woman's silence.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

holding your tongue witty

Silence is the bluntest of blunt instruments.  It seems to hammer you into the ground.
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.


He approaches nearest to the gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.
The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world is the highest applause.
Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.

holding your tongue

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
Music and silence combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music.


Have you noticed that these days even a moment of silence has to be accompanied by background music?
— Funny Funny World
What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our eyes!
If nobody said anything unless he knew what he was talking about, a ghastly hush would descend upon the earth.
There are times when I have to take, I call it a "silence bath," where I shut off all of the external gadgets.
Silence is all the genius a fool has and it is one of the things a smart man knows how to use when he needs it.


I invite you, men and women of God's word: love silence, search for silence, cultivate silence in your ministry!
True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts.


Sticks and stones are hard on bones.
Aimed with angry art,
Words can sting like anything.
But silence breaks the heart.
Speech is civilization itself.  The word, even the most contradictory word, preserves contact—it is silence which isolates.


In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.


There is an eloquent silence: it serves sometimes to approve, sometimes to condemn; there is a mocking silence; there is a respectful silence.
In the silence we listen to ourselves. Then we ask questions of ourselves. We describe ourselves to ourselves, and in the quietude we may even hear the voice of God.
A part of all art is to make silence speak. The things left out in painting, the note withheld in music, the void in architecture—all are as necessary and as active as the utterance itself.
Not talking, by itself, already can bring a significant degree of peace. If we can also offer ourselves the deeper silence of not thinking, we can find, in that quiet, a wonderful lightness and freedom.

buddhist thinking

The pause—that impressive silence, that eloquent silence, that geometrically progressive silence which often achieves a desired effect where no combination of words, howsoever felicitous, could accomplish it.
The radio is at the root of the evil, their rule is: No silence, ever. When anything happens, the commentator has to speak without a moment's pause for gathering wisdom. Falsehood and inanity are preferable to silence. You can't imagine the effect of this. The talkers are rising above the thinkers.
Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation ... tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation.


Silence is something that comes from your heart, not from outside. Silence doesn't mean not talking and not doing things; it means that you are not disturbed inside, there is no talking inside. If you're truly silent, then no matter what situation you find yourself in, you can enjoy the silence. There are moments when you think you're silent and all around is silent, but talking is going on all the time inside your head. That's not silence. The practice is to find silence in all the activities you do.