Quotations About / On: SILENCE

  • 21.
    I shall assume that your silence gives consent.
    (Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Cratylus, 435 B....)
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  • 22.
    In love, we worry more about the meaning of silences than the meaning of words.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
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  • 23.
    Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.
    (Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. author. "The Aesthetics of Silence," (1967).)
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  • 24.
    The screaming silence of no's knife in yes's wound.
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1967. The narrator, in Stories and Texts for Nothing 13, p. 139, Grove Press (1968).)
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  • 25.
    What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence.
    (Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 7.)
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  • 26.
    Silence is safer than speech.
    (Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Enchiridion, XXXV, 10.)
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  • 27.
    Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.
    (Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Enchiridion, XXXIII, 2.)
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  • 28.
    Though silence is not necessarily an admission, it is not a denial, either.
    (Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Paulus, L, 17.)
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  • 29.
    Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
    (Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970), French general, president. Quoted in André Maurois, "The Art of Leadership," The Art of Living (1940).)
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  • 30.
    Silence is the best security to the man who distrusts himself.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 80 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
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