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Keep thou the door of my lips.
      - Unattributed Author,
        found in Transactions of the Society of Biblical Archaeology, vol. ii, p. 51

The silente man still suffers wrong.
      - Unattributed Author, The Rock of Regard,
        J.P. Collier's "Reprint", 1576

But silence never shows itself to so great an advantage, as when it is made the reply to calumny and defamation, provided that we give no just occasion for them.
      - Joseph Addison, in the "Tatler", no. 133

Silence never shows itself to so great an advantage as when it is made the reply to calumny and defamation, provided that we give no just occasion for them.
      - Joseph Addison

To check the starts and sallies of the soul, and break off all its commerce with the tongue.
      - Joseph Addison

The deepest rivers make least din,
  The silent soule doth most abound in care.
      - William Alexander, Earl of Stirling,
        Aurora (song)

There is a silence, the child of love, which expresses everything, and proclaims more loudly than the tongue is able to do; there are movements that are involuntary proofs of what the soul feels.
      - Vittorio Alfieri

Deep vengeance is the daughter of deep silence.
  [It., Alta vendetta
    D'alto silenzio e figlia.]
      - Vittorio Alfieri, La Congiura de' Pazzi
         (I, 1)

If a word be worth one shekel, silence is worth two.
      - Rabbi Ben Azai (Aze)

The people, doubtless, have the right to murmur, but they have also the right to be silent, and their silence is the lesson of kings.
      - Jean B.C.M. de Beauvais

Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing.
      - Robert Benchley

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation, as allowed by Cicero himself, who says "there is not only an art, but an eloquence in it"; and this opinion is confirmed by a great modern, Lord Bacon. For a well-bred woman may easily and effectually promote the most useful and elegant conversation without speaking a word. The modes of speech are scarcely more variable than the modes of silence.
      - Hugh Blair

Silence gives consent.
  [Lat., Qui tacet, consentire videtur.]
      - Pope Boniface VIII, Decretals
         (bk. V, 12, 43), taken from the Canon Law

Silence is the genius of fools and one of the virtues of the wise.
  [Fr., Le silence est l'esprit des sots, et l'une des vertus du sage.]
      - Bernard de Bonnard

Silence is the understanding of fools and one of the virtues of the wise.
      - Bernard de Bonnard

Silence is a virtue in those who are deficient in understanding.
      - Dominique Bouhours

Silence, when nothing need be said, is the eloquence of discretion.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

The more a man desirous to pass at a value above his worth can contrast, by dignified silence, the garrulity of trivial minds, the more the world will give him credit for the wealth which he does not possess.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Three things are ever silent--Thought, Destiny, and the Grave.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        Harold (bk. X, ch. II)

All Heaven and Earth are still, though not in sleep,
  But breathless, as we grow when feeling most.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto III, st. 89)

There was silence deep as death;
  And the boldest held his breath,
    For a time.
      - Thomas Campbell, Battle of the Baltic

He who cannot withal keep his mind to himself cannot practice any considerable thing whatsoever.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Silence is deep as eternity; speech is shallow as time.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Silence is the eternal duty of man.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Silence, the great Empire of Silence: higher than all stars; deeper than the Kingdom of Death! It alone is great; all else is small.
      - Thomas Carlyle

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