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It has been said with some meaning that if men would but rest in silence, they might always hear the music of the spheres.
- Sir Arthur Helps
Speak fitly, or be silent wisely.
- George Herbert
Take heede of still waters, the quick passe away.
[Take heed of still waters, they quick pass away.]
- George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum
Small griefs find tongues: full casques are ever found
To give, if any, yet but little sound,
Deep waters noyselesse are; and this we know,
That chiding streams betray small depth below.
- Robert Herrick,
Hesperides--To His Mistresse Objecting to Him Neither Toying or Talking
Silence holds the door against the strife of tongue and all the impertinences of idle conversation.
- James Hervey
Silence is not only never thirsty, but also never brings pain or sorrow.
- Hippocrates of Iphicrates
Silence! the pride of reason.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
And silence, like a poultice, comes
To heal the blows of sound.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
The Music Grinder
Silence that spoke, and eloquence of eyes.
- Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")
There is a silence where hath been no sound,
There is a silence where no sound may be,
In the cold grave--under the deep, deep sea,
Or in wide desert where no life is found,
Which hath been mute, and still must sleep profound.
- Thomas Hood, Sonnets--Silence
There is likewise a reward for faithful silence.
[Lat., Est et fideli tuta silentio merces.]
- Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
(III, 2, 25)
Not much talk--a great, sweet silence.
- Henry James, Jr., A Bundle of Letters
We often repent of what we have said, but never, never, of that which we have not.
- Thomas Jefferson
Vessels never give so great a sound as when they are empty.
- Bishop John Jewell (Jewel),
Defense of the Apology for the Church of England
It is always observable that silence propagates itself, and that the longer talk has been suspended the more difficult it is to find anything to say.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")
Silence in woman is like speech in man.
- Ben Jonson
Their conversation was brief, and their desire was to be silent.
[Lat., Rarus sermo illis et magna libido tacenti.]
- Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
Thou foster-child of Silence and slow Time.
- John Keats (1), Ode on a Grecian Urn
The unspoken word never does harm.
- Louis Kossuth
After speech, silence is the greatest power in the world.
- Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire
Still people are dangerous.
- Jean de la Fontaine
Silent people are dangerous; others are not so.
[Fr., Les gens sans bruit sont dangereux;
Il n'en est pas ainsi des autres.]
- Jean de la Fontaine, Fables (VIII, 23)
Accustomed to the veneer of noise, to the shibboleths of promotion, public relations, and market research, society is suspicious of those who value silence.
- John Lahr
Silence and simplicity obtrude on no one, but are yet two unequaled attractions in woman.
- Alphonse de Lamartine
Silence,--the applause of real and durable impressions.
- Alphonse de Lamartine
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