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We can refute assertions, but who can refute silence?
      - Charles Dickens

I like better for one to say some foolish thing upon important matters than to be silent. That becomes the subject of discussion and dispute, and the truth is discovered.
      - Denis Diderot

Silence often expresses 'more powerfully than speech the verdict and judgment of society.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

There are some silent people who are more interesting than the best talkers.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

There is no diplomacy like silence.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Silence is the mother of Truth.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Tancred (bk. IV, ch. IV)

Silence in times of suffering is the best.
      - John Dryden

A horrid stillness first invades the ear,
  And in that silence we the tempest fear.
      - John Dryden, Astroea Redux (l. 7)

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
      - William James (Will) Durant

Nature, which has given us one organ for speaking, has given us two for hearing, that we may learn that it is better to hear than to speak.
      - Nabi Effendi

If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z, X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.
      - Albert Einstein

Nothing at times is more expressive than silence.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Speech is often barren; but silence also does not necessarily brood over a full nest. Your still fowl, blinking at you without remark, may all the while be sitting on one addled nest-egg; and when it takes to cackling, will have nothing to announce but that addled delusion.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Let us be silent, so we may hear the whisper of the gods.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

They are the strong ones of the earth, the mighty food for good or evil,--those who know how to keep silence when it is a pain and a grief to them; those who give time to their own souls to wax strong against temptation, or to the powers of wrath to stamp upon them their withering passage.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do you think a woman's silence can be natural?
      - George Farquhar

Stillborn silence! thou that art
  Flood-gate of the deeper heart!
      - Richard Flecknoe, Silence

I shall leave the world without regret, for it hardly contains a single good listener.
      - Bernard de Bovier de Fontenelle

As we must account for every idle word, so we must for every idle silence.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Learn to hold thy tongue. Five words cost Zacharias forty weeks' silence.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Silence is the sanctuary of prudence.
      - Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)

Silence is argument carried out by other means.
      - Ernesto "Che" Guevara

To be alone with Silence is to be alone with God.
      - Samuel Miller Hageman

The temple of our purest thoughts is silence!
      - Mrs. Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale

We may give more offense by our silence than even by impertinence.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

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