Quotations About / On: SILENCE
I shall assume that your silence gives consent.
(Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Cratylus, 435 B....)
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).)
Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.
(Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. author. "The Aesthetics of Silence," (1967).)
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).)
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.)
Silence is safer than speech.
(Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. Enchiridion, XXXV, 10.)
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.)
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.)
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).)
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).)