Quotations on Silence

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When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
- Ansel Adams
(Keywords: Content, Focus, Silence, Words)

I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence.
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: Misery, Silence, Speech)

Deep vengeance is the daughter of deep silence.
- Vittorio Alfieri
(Keywords: Daughter, Deep, Silence, Vengeance)

In horror movies today it's lots of fast cut shot and lots of loud noises on the soundtrack. I tried to do the opposite. Playing with silence for instance.
- Alejandro Amenabar
(Keywords: Movies, Horror, Silence, Today)

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.
- Jean Arp
(Keywords: Life, Contemplation, Day, Humanity, Machines, Meditation, Silence, Will)

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Wisdom, Silence, Sleep)

Sometimes there is a greater lack of communication in facile talking than in silence.
- Faith Baldwin
(Keywords: Communication, Silence, Talking)

In the beginning, there was silence. And out of the silence came the sound. The sound is not here.
- Daniel Barenboim
(Keywords: Beginning, Silence, Sound)

Nothing matters but the writing. There has been nothing else worthwhile... a stain upon the silence.
- Samuel Beckett
(Keywords: Nothing, Silence, Writing)

Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.
- Samuel Beckett
(Keywords: Nothingness, Silence, Word)

The most successful ideological effects are those which have no need for words, and ask no more than complicitous silence.
- Pierre Bourdieu
(Keywords: Successful, Silence, Words)

A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.
- Phillips Brooks
(Keywords: Power, Man, Right, Silence, Words)

Everything is Song. Everything is Silence. Since it all turns out to be illusion, perfectly being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, you are free to die laughing.
- James Broughton
(Keywords: Being, Illusion, Nothing, Silence, Song)

For sin is just this, what man cannot by its very nature do with his whole being; it is possible to silence the conflict in the soul, but it is not possible to uproot it.
- Martin Buber
(Keywords: Nature, Soul, Being, Conflict, Man, Silence, Sin)

Silence and tact may or may not be the same thing.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: May, Silence, Tact)

There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.
- John Cage
(Keywords: Time, Fact, May, Silence, Space)

The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody.
- Albert Camus
(Keywords: Quiet, Silence, World)

Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Time, Deep, Eternity, Silence, Speech)

Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better, Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Time, Deep, Eternity, Lies, Silence, Speech)

I have seen him set fire to his wigwam and smooth over the graves of his fathers... clap his hand in silence over his mouth, and take the last look over his fair hunting ground, and turn his face in sadness to the setting sun.
- George Catlin
(Keywords: Fathers, Fire, Hunting, Sadness, Silence, Sun)

The media transforms the great silence of things into its opposite. Formerly constituting a secret, the real now talks constantly. News reports, information, statistics, and surveys are everywhere.
- Michel De Certeau
(Keywords: Information, Media, News, Now, Silence, Statistics)

Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Open, Silence, Speech)

A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Conversation, Invention, Silence, Speech)

I got quite bored, serving in the bar. Since I was there, the customers wouldn't talk about women, and with half their subject matter denied them, it was: horses, silence; horses, silence.
- Bernadette Devlin
(Keywords: Women, Horses, Silence, Talk)

Confession is always weakness. The grave soul keeps its own secrets, and takes its own punishment in silence.
- Dorothy Dix
(Keywords: Soul, Confession, Grave, Punishment, Secrets, Silence, Weakness)

There is a silence, the child of love, which expresses everything, and proclaims more loudly than the tongue is able to do.
- William Drummond
(Keywords: Love, Silence, Tongue)

Put a bridle on thy tongue; set a guard before thy lips, lest the words of thine own mouth destroy thy peace... on much speaking cometh repentance, but in silence is safety.
- William Drummond
(Keywords: Peace, Repentance, Safety, Silence, Tongue, Words)

Worldly faces never look so worldly as at a funeral. They have the same effect of grating incongruity as the sound of a coarse voice breaking the solemn silence of night.
- George Eliot
(Keywords: Effect, Faces, Night, Silence, Sound, Voice)

She would sit by herself in the middle of the old stoe amphitheatre, with the sky's starry vault overhead, and simply listen to the great silence around her.
- Michael Ende
(Keywords: Old, Silence, Sky)

I think television has betrayed the meaning of democratic speech, adding visual chaos to the confusion of voices. What role does silence have in all this noise?
- Federico Fellini
(Keywords: Chaos, Confusion, Meaning, Silence, Speech, Television)

Silence is the wit of fools.
- Anatole France
(Keywords: Fools, Silence, Wit)

In the silence of night I have often wished for just a few words of love from one man, rather than the applause of thousands of people.
- Judy Garland
(Keywords: Love, People, Applause, Man, Night, Silence, Words)

I've had every advantage in the world, despite the 18 years of silence which were nobody's fault but mine.
- Gordon Getty
(Keywords: Fault, Silence, World, Years)

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.
- Khalil Gibran
(Keywords: Kindness, Silence, Teachers)

Independent media can go to where the silence is and break the sound barrier, doing what the corporate networks refuse to do.
- Amy Goodman
(Keywords: Corporate, Media, Silence, Sound)

I can write best in the silence and solitude of the night, when everyone has retired.
- Zane Grey
(Keywords: Night, Silence, Solitude)

When I talked to my medical friends about the strange silence on this subject in American medical magazines and textbooks, I gained the impression that here was a subject tainted with Socialism or with feminine sentimentality for the poor.
- Alice Hamilton
(Keywords: Medical, Impression, American, Friends, Poor, Sentimentality, Silence, Socialism)

Strong efforts may be made to deny the place, to silence the authentic, but the spirit of things will break through that silence.
- John Haynes
(Keywords: May, Silence, Spirit, Will)

It was still quiet in the house, and not a sound was heard from outside, either. Were it not for this silence, my reverie would probably have been disrupted by reminders of daily duties, of getting up and going to school.
- Herman Hesse
(Keywords: Quiet, Reverie, School, Silence, Sound)

When friends and lovers die and your world gets quieter; that's when the silence comes closer; that's when next isn't the least bit theoretical or abstract.
- Bruce Jackson
(Keywords: Friends, Lovers, Silence, World)

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
- Helen Keller
(Keywords: Content, Darkness, May, Silence, State, Wonders)

We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Keywords: Enemies, Friends, Silence, Will, Words)

We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Keywords: People, Actions, Silence, Will, Words)

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Keywords: History, People, Silence, Tragedy, Will)

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Keywords: End, Enemies, Friends, Silence, Will, Words)

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Keywords: People, Cruelty, Oppression, Silence, Tragedy)

I think the cinema you like has more to do with silence, and the theater you like has more to do with language.
- Ben Kingsley
(Keywords: Cinema, Language, Silence, Theater)

We should read music in the same way that an educated adult will read a book: in silence, but imagining the sound.
- Zoltan Kodaly
(Keywords: Music, Silence, Sound, Will)

The news media's silence, particularly television news, is reprehensible. If we knew as much about Darfur as we do about Michael Jackson, we might be able to stop these things from continuing.
- Nicholas D. Kristof
(Keywords: Media, News, Silence, Television)

Those who have the strength and the love to sit with a dying patient in the silence that goes beyond words will know that this moment is neither frightening nor painful, but a peaceful cessation of the functioning of the body.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
(Keywords: Love, Strength, Body, Dying, Silence, Will, Words)



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