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Quotations About / On: SILENCE

  • 21.
    "You have a grand gift of silence, Watson," said he, "it makes you quite invaluable as a companion."
    (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, in "The Man with the Twisted Lip," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1891).)
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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Eumenides, l. 276.)
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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    The far-off clinching and mating of arches, the leap and thrust of the stone, carrying a great roof overhead, awed and silenced her.
    (D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published (and withdrawn) by Methuen (1915). The Rainbow, ch. 7, Penguin Books (1987). Description of Anna Brangwen viewing Lincoln Cathedral.)
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  • 28.
    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).)
  • 29.
    Slowly he entered dark and silence and lay there for so long that with what judgement remained he judged them to be final.
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. The narrator, in Company, p. 17, Grove Press (1980).)
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  • 30.
    We believe ... that the applause of silence is the only kind that counts.
    (Alfred Jarry (1873-1907), French playwright, author. repr. in The Selected Works of Alfred Jarry, eds. Roger Shattuck and Simon Watson Taylor (1965). "Twelve Theatrical Topics," topic 12, published in Dossiers Acénonètes due Collège de 'Pataphysique, no. 5 (1960).)
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